The government has announced today that it is going to provide free swimming for all by 2012. According to the BBC website:
England’s swimming pools could be free by the time of the London 2012 Olympics, the government has signalled.
Over-60s are to be given free admission to public swimming pools in an ?80m first stage of the initiative.
The move will be outlined by Gordon Brown as part of a bid to encourage greater participation in sport ahead of the Games.
Sport minister Andy Burnham indicated future funding would allow free entry to under-16s, then to everyone by 2012.
Jackie Dillnutt has asked the District Council today how much it would cost to build a pool in Rayleigh.
“It’s about time we had a proper pool for Rayleigh and if the government is going to provide funding for swimming this seems a very good opportunity. Obviously there are plenty of obstacles to overcome – especially car parking – but this is something that the Council should be aiming for.”