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Concern that children are not learning how to swim because public pools have still not reopened after Covid

21 Oct 2021 2 minute read
Child swimming. Picture by PxHere

Katy Jenkins, local democracy reporter

Children are missing out on the opportunity to learn to swim and people’s well-being is not being met while “swimming pools are still closed” a Ceredigion councillor said as he asked for an update on when leisure centres will fully reopen in the county.

At a meeting of full council today, Ceredigion county councillors signed off the draft well-being and improvement objectives annual report 2020-21 when Cllr Ceredig Davies highlighted reference to leisure and swimming included was not being provided.

Cllr Davies said it had been “a year or two now where children have missed out and there are children that haven’t had the opportunity to learn to swim.”

Council heard that issues with sourcing materials, particularly for air source pumps needed at Plascrug and Lampeter leisure centres, was causing delays.

Cllr Catherine Hughes, cabinet member for Porth Gofal, added that there was also difficulty in getting other necessary materials, adding “we are hoping to have some more information by the end of November” although it was not expected for children to be back swimming until the new year.

“We are working hard on this to make sure we are reopening our leisure centres. It’s a difficult time but we haven’t forgotten about this,” she said, adding that a paper on reopening “as soon as possible and as safely as possible” is due for discussion.

Councillors were reminded that some swimming services were available in Aberaeron, Llandysul and at Aberystwyth University, and Cllr Catrin Miles provided an update on Cardigan pool which she said is “up and running.”

Council leader Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn acknowledged it was frustrating and apologised, adding “that’s the situation we have to cope with.”

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Sian Jones
Sian Jones
2 years ago

Dare I say that Ceredigion Council have always come across as a little over cautious? Seem to be the first to make big noises about rising cases despite being always among the lowest in Wales.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
2 years ago
Reply to  Sian Jones

Perhaps that’s why they have the lowest cases. If the Cardiff and Westminster governments (ESPECIALLY Westminster) took this approach then maybe the UK wouldn’t have one of the highest death rates in Europe.

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