Cuts go right off deep end

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - You Said It -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.