Lido charge up­set

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

TO­DAY I looked in at the en­trance of Uxbridge Lido and heard a young mum with sev­eral chil­dren com­plain bit­terly about hav­ing to pay twice to stay all day ie morn­ing and af­ter­noon.

On top of that she had to pay for the car park. Club mem­bers are ex­empt but there is no re­fund for Lido users. The only pur­pose of the car park charge is to de­ter peo­ple who are not us­ing the fa­cil­ity. I was dis­gusted at how she was treated not least be­cause I fought for the pool when it was un­der threat of de­mo­li­tion. I founded Uxbridge Pool Ac­tion Group. The mem­bers cam­paigned to save the pool and car­ried out main­te­nance work at their own ex­pense. If Hilling­don Coun­cil has with­drawn pub­lic sub­sidy they should at least as­sure the op­er­a­tor that they will meet any deficit. It is nor­mal for fam­i­lies to spend all day at a Lido but the cost must be rea­son­able.

EDMUND O’BRIEN Uxbridge Pool Ac­tion Group

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