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In three months from April this year a total of 4.4 million youngsters and old people took part in free swimming
The country’s oldest
outdoor swimming pool has
been opened to give people
a glimpse of its likely future.
The Cleveland Pools in Bath
was opened in September
as part of the National
Heritage Open Day. The
19th-century complex has
been closed to the public for
25 years. It is owned by Bath
and North East Somerset
Council which is in
negotiations with a group of
developers and charities
looking to bring the building
back to use for bathers.
The Prince’s Regeneration
Trust is at the heart of plans
to revive the baths, which is
the only remaining Georgian
open-air swimming pool in
the country, after it put in a
bid for the project last year.
The charity has been working
alongside the Bath-based
Local councils throughout Children, Schools and Families, the 69 councils who are restricting Trevor Osborne Property
England are to be given another Culture, Media and Sport, Work it to people over 60, and the 67 Group and the Cleveland
chance to join the Government’s and Pensions and Communities not in the scheme at all. Pools Trust. The groups,
successful free swimming and Local Government. In addition, any councils which make up the Cleveland
initiative, which has seen more Ben Bradshaw, Secretary of offering free swimming for both Pools Alliance, are working
than four million visits to pools State for Culture, Media and age groups, will be able to apply through details of a lease
by senior citizens and young Sport, said: “The Government’s for a share of a capital with B&NES, as well as
people since it launched in April. free swimming initiative has modernisation fund of £25m to planning applications and
Councils that are only offering been a huge success and most build new pools, or renovate fundraising ideas, before
free swimming for people aged councils are working with us to existing ones, in 2010/11. work is put out to tender and
60 and over at the moment are make free access to local pools a First official data on the the project can begin.
being given the chance to reality, with many injecting scheme for April, May and June, Cleveland Pools trustee
provide it for people aged 16 money themselves. showed that there had been 4.4 Ann Dunlop said they hoped
and under as well. “But a minority are not million free visits to swimming the pool would be back in full
Those authorities who have offering it all, or only for senior pools – 2.8 million of them for use in about two years. She
not taken part in the scheme will citizens. We want all of them to young people and 1.6 million for said the heritage day
be able to join, as long as they have a chance now – after senior citizens. initiative was a good chance
offer free swimming for both the seeing how successful it has Communities Secretary John for them to raise money for
age groups. been – to jump in and share the Denham said: “We want more the project and recruit more
It is understood that an extra full benefits with their local people, both young and old, to trustees. She said: “It is the
£1m of unallocated spending communities.” swim for free – and save money, oldest open air swimming
from within the total £140m Almost four out of every five make friends and get fit in one pool in the country and it is a
package is being set aside to councils – 259 – are offering free go. Councils have a fresh chance valuable part of our history.
pay for the offer. Five swimming for senior citizens, with to get in on the game under our “It was the start of organised
Government departments are 190 of them also providing it for free swimming scheme and let swimming and there was
funding the two-year scheme: young people. The move to more kids and teenagers take nothing else like it before.”
the Departments of Health, expand free swimming is aimed at part too.”
Biolab adds the 5th element to treatment
Water treatment specialists Biolab UK has launched the next generation of Multilong, the Bayrol water
treatment product based on chlorine. Up to now Multilong combined three treatment steps in one
product: – shock and long term disinfection; algae prevention and flocculation.
Multilong has now been enhanced by adding another treatment step, the filter disinfection. A cartridge
now additionally contains a FilterShock tablet, which will carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfection of
the sand filter with every application. This technology will ensure sparkling clear and hygienically clean
water. It will also help to reduce the consumption of the disinfectant used. One Multilong cartridge will
treat 20 to 50 m
(4,400 to 11,000 gallons) of pool water for up to two weeks and is suitable as a holiday
treatment. The layout of the cartridge has been redesigned as well and the new lid ensures convenient and
reliable dosing by means of a simple open/close mechanism.
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