Cuts go right off deep end
The future of Airdrie’s John Smith swimming pool is in question after North Lanarkshire Leisure reduced its opening hours by almost 40 per cent.
The facility will now open for just 54 hours a week because of budget cuts. It only reopened last summer following extensive refurbishment work which cost £400,000.
We asked residents for their views on the reduced opening hours.
Coatbridge woman Elaine Horan said: “I used it quite often when I was younger; I went there to train for triathlons and hope they will keep it open.”
Zoe McLean from Ca l d e r c r u i x w a s concerned for her little sister: “She uses it for swimming lessons. It’s really handy for us.”
Airdrie mum June Black and son Alistair Sneddon, seven, were concerned: “I don’t know if it will affect his swimming lessons. There’s only this pool and the one in Coatbridge. It means less people will be able to use it.”
Chapelhall mum Paula McGarry and daughter Eva, 10, and son Finn, four, were in agreement: “I think it’s bad enough as it is, never mind cutting it even more. When the lessons are on they take up most of the pool.”
Hours reduction Airdrie’s John Smith swimming pool