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Call for help for Cornwall swimming clubs hit by pool price hike

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The cost of pool hire had jumped from £13.50 an hour to £20 since leisure centres reopened

Cornwall Council has said that a decision to hike the cost of pool hire for swimming clubs is a matter for leisure centre operators after being asked to step in and help.

Swimming clubs which use pools which are operated by GLL for the council say that they have seen the cost leap from £13.50 per lane per hour to £20 per lane per hour since centres reopened following the coronavirus lockdown.

Amanda Pennington, who has been campaigning to get swimming pools reopened in Cornwall since lockdown, called on the council to help at a meeting of the customer and support services overview and scrutiny committee this morning.

But Cornwall Council Cabinet member for leisure, Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, said that it was a matter for GLL and not the council.

However he said that GLL had agreed that it would reduce the cost to £15 per lane per hour if swimming clubs were able to use the pools at off-peak times.

Cornwall Council last month agreed a £6.1million “rescue package” for GLL and leisure centres in Cornwall so that they could reopen saying that the government had not provided any financial support for the sector.

The council package was made up of loans and grants and includes £4.2m which will have to be repaid.

Mrs Pennington welcomed the support from the council but said that swimming clubs which use pools had been hit by the price increase.

She explained that the cost of pool hire had already increase from £10.50 an hour for a lane to £13.50 last year and now had gone up to £20 since pools reopened.

She called on the council to step in and help saying that the prices were “not affordable”.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 20 October, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 30th October 2020

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