Is the city manager saying he is unable to manage the running of two perfectly adequate public swimming pools when a small city like Belfast can manage 12 municipal pools? The alternative of a private commercial concern is simply throwing in the towel.
Both pools need a facelift, but it’s untrue to claim that they were not kept clean.
I found the staff at both pools helpful and hardworking. It is also untrue to say that the pools were not being used by the public.
On my twice weekly visits I can count 25 adults and 20 children between 5 and 6pm. All the clubs using the pools are well supported and schools depend on the them for weekly tuition.
Handing such a public service over to private enterprise is not worthy of a city which hopes to claim the title of European City of Culture in 2005.
9, Grosvenor Mews,