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Swimming at Mount Wise to stay free

26 May 2023
Mount Wise pools from above

Charges that had been planned for the popular Mount Wise swimming pools will not be introduced, says the new Council administration.

Mount Wise features three pools – a 25-metre main pool, a fun pool (with fountains, stepping stones, a whirlpool and a bubble pool) and a small pool where children can paddle and build their confidence in the water. The facility has fantastic views across the Tamar River.

As part of the 2023/24 budget proposals, it was announced last year that swimmers could be charged to use the outdoor pools this summer. However, in one of its first decisions, the new Council administration has scrapped the proposals, keeping the Mount Wise pools free to access during the cost-of-living crisis.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Libraries and Cemeteries and Crematoria, said: “Things are really tough for so many families across the city. Many can’t afford to have days out and trips with the family. Where we can keep things free or low-cost, we really should try.

“It is clear that the savings we would have made by introducing charges at Mount Wise would have been small, compared to how much the pools being free of charge means to local people. Therefore, we have decided to find the money elsewhere.

“Our fantastic outdoor pools open this Saturday and I hope that many people enjoy these facilities over the summer.”

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