It (ac­cess to pools) was al­ways free for pen­sion­ers un­til the last bud­get, when we in­tro­duced that fee and watched at­ten­dance drop from 50,000 pen­sion­ers to 10-20,000.

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Cr Sil­jeg said the money would be bet­ter spent on in­fra­struc­ture than to be given away.

“Let’s face it, $95 is a very small amount for one per­son,” he said.

“But give that away to ev­ery pen­sioner and it could mean we have six roads less we can do a year and 60 roads less we can do over 10 years.

“I think pen­sion­ers and many more res­i­dents ben­e­fit when we look af­ter in­fra­struc­ture, and maybe if coun­cil spends money wisely we can of­fer bet­ter dis­counts on things.”

The de­tailed bud­get re­port went to com­mit­tee last night and will be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil next week.

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