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Stroke of Initiative Helps Keep Swimmers Afloat

 

Monday 19th July 2010

A stroke of initiative helps swimmers stay afloat

 

A national initiative to cut back on free swimming for the over 60’s and under 16’s has fallen on Bedford Borough as part of a central government drive to claw back spending.

 

The move, which will come into effect from the 31st July 2010, will affect Robinson Pool, Kempston Pool and Oasis Beach Pool.

 

In a bid to encourage healthy living all three swimming pools will be re-introducing a 50% reduction on an adult rate swim for the over 60’s as of the 1st August 2010 and over 60’s will also be able to purchase a ‘Swim Card’, giving them unlimited access to all three council pools for only £14.25 per month.

 

Cllr Barry Huckle, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism said: “It is unfortunate that central government had to take this decision but I hope that our reintroduction of the reduced rate for the over 60’s shows how committed we are to helping the people of Bedford maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.”

 

The government expects to save £26million by scrapping the national scheme.

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