Free swimming for senior citizens returns to Burnley and Padiham

First published in Padiham

PART-time free swimming looks set to return for Burnley and Padiham senior citizens, it has been confirmed by town hall leisure bosses.

Proposals for free under-16s swimming were first suggested by Labour councillors, at this year’s budget meeting, then adopted by the Liberal Democrat administration.

Lib Dems then pledged to return free swimming for the over-60s, which would have cost just over £30,000.

The compromise solution, which will be discussed by the executive next week, will be offering free OAP sessions on four days a week, for limited periods.

Starting on April 10, the programme will apply on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am, and Fridays and Sundays only from 2pm to 4pm.

Free bus travel will be available for each of the selected timings, for both St Peter’s and Padiham Leisure Centres.

Mick Cartledge, the borough council’s community services director, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to present these plans to the executive for their consideration.

“Bringing back free swimming for under 16s will benefit the lives and health of many of our younger residents, and we hope to achieve the same by widening the offer to our over 60s.”

Free swimming was previously available to both under 16s and over 60s, at the two leisure centres, before funding was withdrawn by the coalition government more than 18 months ago.

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9:58pm Sat 31 Mar 12

living the end times in BB1 says...

PART-time free swimming looks set to return for Burnley and Padiham senior citizens, it has been confirmed by town hall leisure bosses.

With what Osbourne as just done to the O.A.P's they can't afford the transport to get there.
visit RT.com and see Max Keiser explain all.Funny.
PART-time free swimming looks set to return for Burnley and Padiham senior citizens, it has been confirmed by town hall leisure bosses. With what Osbourne as just done to the O.A.P's they can't afford the transport to get there. visit RT.com and see Max Keiser explain all.Funny. living the end times in BB1
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11:48pm Sat 31 Mar 12

ToffeeGuy says...

How about helping out the young people of Burnley?
How about helping out the young people of Burnley? ToffeeGuy
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8:52am Sun 1 Apr 12

living the end times in BB1 says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
How about helping out the young people of Burnley?
"We have" Our Rovers lads have just shown them how the game of football is played.
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: How about helping out the young people of Burnley?[/p][/quote]"We have" Our Rovers lads have just shown them how the game of football is played. living the end times in BB1
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9:20am Sun 1 Apr 12

ossylad says...

living the end times in BB1 wrote:
ToffeeGuy wrote:
How about helping out the young people of Burnley?
"We have" Our Rovers lads have just shown them how the game of football is played.
They have to get their parents to sign for the permit
[quote][p][bold]living the end times in BB1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: How about helping out the young people of Burnley?[/p][/quote]"We have" Our Rovers lads have just shown them how the game of football is played.[/p][/quote]They have to get their parents to sign for the permit ossylad
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10:59am Sun 1 Apr 12

DaveBurnley says...

Is it for OAPs or over 60? If you're male they are not the same thing.
Is it for OAPs or over 60? If you're male they are not the same thing. DaveBurnley
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