Pool frustrations

I HAVE been finding it very frustrating recently that you are unable to go for a swim when you please, even mothers and babies are restricted to set hours in the week.

If your baby happens to take their nap during the hour that swimming is available, then this is something not available to you. Even adults who wish to have a swim before they go home after work are unable to as all pools are being used for swimming lessons, ‘the money maker’. I thought leisure facilities were supposed to encourage exercise for the public. With the obesity crisis, surely the pools should be open to the public for more than a few set hours a week. NISV is one of the worst I have ever experienced, with the excuse of lifeguards being required even for the baby pool. Well I’m sorry, but I think their pay would be covered with the number of mums who would use it if it were open all day.

Rhiannon Fowler Brangwyn Avenue Cwmbran

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

we already know that there's no money. one of the suggestions to cope with the coming cuts is for councils to only provide the basics (street lighting, bin collection) and to provide them well. this means closing council funded pools, museums, libraries etc.

many people seem to agree with this idea - why should the tax payer fund the "nice-to-haves"?

the problem is what is defined as a "nice-to-have" and what is "essential".

i agree that you should be able to take your baby to the pool when it's convenient for you, but if it's not economically sustainable to do so (i.e. not enough parents and children are using the pool) then who do you think should pay to keep it free for you?

would you sacrifice your local library to keep the pool open longer?

it's all very tricky stuff and you can't please all the people all of the time
we already know that there's no money. one of the suggestions to cope with the coming cuts is for councils to only provide the basics (street lighting, bin collection) and to provide them well. this means closing council funded pools, museums, libraries etc. many people seem to agree with this idea - why should the tax payer fund the "nice-to-haves"? the problem is what is defined as a "nice-to-have" and what is "essential". i agree that you should be able to take your baby to the pool when it's convenient for you, but if it's not economically sustainable to do so (i.e. not enough parents and children are using the pool) then who do you think should pay to keep it free for you? would you sacrifice your local library to keep the pool open longer? it's all very tricky stuff and you can't please all the people all of the time whatintheworld

3:57pm Wed 4 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Clearly more about inadequate facilities. As if this were not the case, there wouldn't be designated times for people to share.
Clearly more about inadequate facilities. As if this were not the case, there wouldn't be designated times for people to share. GardenVarietyMushroom

5:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

Much of the problem is people are not prepared to pay a more economic rate to use the facilities , Charges really need to be about double what they are
Much of the problem is people are not prepared to pay a more economic rate to use the facilities , Charges really need to be about double what they are Bobevans

6:27pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Nannon says...

I didn't even consider that the parent child swim or just regular public swim would ever be free - it never has been for me! I would even be happy to pay more than is currently charged if it were available to me when I wanted to go. I am 'the tax payer' and I WANT to be able to use the facilities I fund. During work hours, the NISV pool is open at lunchtime (not feasible for me to fit travel and a swim into a half hour lunch break) there is no public swim after work until later in the evening. Now I am on maternity leave I thought a swim would be part of my daily routine with the baby, but have been very disappointed that it isn't available i.e the pool just isn't open often or long enough. The NISV baby pool is brilliant, I love it! More people would use it if they could get in. It is packed on weekends to the point you have to wait for 'one out, one in'. It would have no problem making money open all morning or all afternoon for public use.
I didn't even consider that the parent child swim or just regular public swim would ever be free - it never has been for me! I would even be happy to pay more than is currently charged if it were available to me when I wanted to go. I am 'the tax payer' and I WANT to be able to use the facilities I fund. During work hours, the NISV pool is open at lunchtime (not feasible for me to fit travel and a swim into a half hour lunch break) there is no public swim after work until later in the evening. Now I am on maternity leave I thought a swim would be part of my daily routine with the baby, but have been very disappointed that it isn't available i.e the pool just isn't open often or long enough. The NISV baby pool is brilliant, I love it! More people would use it if they could get in. It is packed on weekends to the point you have to wait for 'one out, one in'. It would have no problem making money open all morning or all afternoon for public use. Nannon

11:31am Thu 5 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

Primary schools have a legal obligation to include swimming lessons in their curriculum.

What this means in effect is that if a pool is the only one "local" to a large number of schools, then the majority of their daytime opening hours will be set aside for for these school lessons.
Primary schools have a legal obligation to include swimming lessons in their curriculum. What this means in effect is that if a pool is the only one "local" to a large number of schools, then the majority of their daytime opening hours will be set aside for for these school lessons. _Bryan_

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree