Monday, 4 April 2011

Subsidised Swim Scheme - Poll Results

In the regular poll I run on my blog I recently asked peoples views as to whether NWLDC should reintroduce a subsidised swim scheme for children and older people. The results, as you might expect, were not surprising.

When the poll closed on 1 April 23 people had taken part.

Of that number an overwhelming 81% (19 people) agreed that a scheme should be reintroduced in some form or another (17 people wanted a scheme for children and older people whereas 2 voters wanted a scheme just for children). Only 4 people did not believe that there should be a scheme.

Now I fully accept that many of my readers probably share a political viewpoint with me and as is always the case with this type of poll some credence must be given to readership. However, even given the small sample 81% voting in favour is a massive figure.

Labour recognise that schemes to promote public health have never been more important. Yet in the current economic climate 'luxuries' such as going for a swim are one of the first things which fall by the wayside when belts have to be tightened.

We need to make sure that exercise is available to those sections of our community who are not necessarily readily able to afford to take part in such activities.

For this reason a key aim of our election campaign, should we take control of the council on May 5th, will be to introduce a subsidised swim scheme in council-owned pools for both children and older people.

Of course, ideally we would like such a scheme to provide free access to swimming, however, we must be prudent and given the current financial position we are committed to providing reduced cost access to those who most need it as a first step.

Your comments, as always, are welcome.

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