Free pool access for over 60s

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Antrim and Newtownabbey’s Operations Committee has decided to approve free access to swimming pools for borough residents aged over 60.

The decision, which will bring local centres in line with Belfast City Council facilities, was welcomed by Macedon DUP representative, Cllr Thomas Hogg MBE.

Cllr Hogg said: “I have been working with several local senior citizens for some months now to explore options to improve access to leisure facilities and am delighted that council’s Operations Committee unanimously agreed my proposal to introduce free access to swimming for over 60s.

“A similar initiative is already in place in leisure centres in Belfast such as The Grove, however residents from outside of Belfast had been unable to avail of the offer.

“This proposal is in line with council’s commitment to support active ageing, as well as encouraging better health and wellbeing for our residents. In addition to the clear health benefits, I hope that this new policy will help address issues such as social isolation and loneliness which face many of our older people.

“I would encourage all of our residents aged over 60 to take up this new offer and also consider the wide range of concessions already in place for other leisure activities.”