Come on in . . . the water’s FREE
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.”