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Ayrshire Post - - News -

thou­sands of pounds of rev­enue has been lost at a cash- drain­ing swim­ming pool . . . just be­cause a sin­gle mem­ber of staff failed to turn- up for duty.

the turn­stiles were opened and swim­mers were all al­lowed in for a dip for free.

It hap­pened on the sunny Mon­day Bank Hol­i­day last week when the Citadel in ayr would be ex­pected to have hun­dreds of swim­mers in the pool over the day.

the flag­ship pools and div­ing dale runs at a deficit of £ 678,000 a year and the tab has to be picked by by coun­cil tax­pay­ers.

a to­tal of a half a mil­lion peo­ple visit the Citadel every year, though it does also con­tain a sports hall, sauna and cafe.

One dad was de­lighted to save the cash while en­joy­ing the 25m big pool . . . but an­gry south ayr­shire Coun­cil was los­ing out.

He said: “We usu­ally pay £ 10.30 for the fam­ily ticket so it was a nice sav­ing.

“We were told the cashier had not turned up for work so there was no al­ter­na­tive.

“I’m afraid I found it typ­i­cal the Coun­cil has no back up plan or any­one else able to op­er­ate a till and take the ad­mis­sion money.

“It was a Bank Hol­i­day with loads of visi­tors from out­side the area. they must have loved it.”

sin­gle en­try to the pool is £ 3.80

a spokesman for south ayr­shire Coun­cil said: “Faced with an un­ex­pected staff short­age at the Citadel on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day we couldn’t run the full range of re­cep­tion ser­vices, although our ac­tiv­i­ties were run­ning as nor­mal.

“ac­cess for peo­ple with mem­ber­ships was not af­fected.

“any­one who turned up on the day was of­fered a one- off free en­try to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. “En­cour­ag­ing the use of our sports, leisure and golf fa­cil­i­ties is a ma­jor pri­or­ity, with sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts re­cently an­nounced through our ac­cess to leisure card.”

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