Swimming pool suffers worst season for decade

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THE team behind Bourne’s outdoor pool have vowed it will be open for swimmers again next year, despite having recorded its worst season for a decade.

THE team behind Bourne’s outdoor pool have vowed it will be open for swimmers again next year, despite having recorded its worst season for a decade.

Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust chairman Mandy Delaine-Smith said the pool has not been making a profit and has been surviving on reserve finances.

Mrs Delaine-Smith, who has been the trust chairman for more than ten years, said: “This has been the most dreadful season since I’ve been chairman and it has put the pool’s future in jeopardy.

“Not only have the prices of bills gone up, but we’ve also had really bad weather.”

Mrs Delaine-Smith said income was down year-on-year, although the final accounts are not expected to be ready until October.

Last week, the trust announced plans to make swimming more affordable for next season by offering the option of paying for season tickets in instalments.

Swimmers will now be able to pay on either a weekly or monthly basis to help spread the cost throughout the year.

Season tickets will cost £75 for an adult, £50 for a child and then £25 for any additional children in a family.

Families will be able to build a package to suit them based on the new price structure.

A standing order can be set up with the trust and a ten per cent discount is being considered for anyone who pays in full by April 1.

Mrs Delaine-Smith explained: “We are eating into our reserves but we will be open next year and then we would love to see more people supporting us.

“We are hoping that by changing the way people can pay, it will encourage more people to use the pool.”

This weekend marked the end of the season at the pool, which is based in Abbey Lawn.

The trust was formed in 1989 to save the pool after its then owner, South Kesteven District Council, decided to close it.

• Anyone interested in getting a season ticket for next year can call trust secretary Paula Biggadike on 07903 205924 with their details.