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Aibu to think this is not really a public pool

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pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:31:58

In my area we have about 4 pools only 2 have baby pools tried to go swimming today told its booked up with schools everyday until 2 there would then be no point in going as I have to do school run

I asked about the other pool there booked up from 10 to 3 wtf I couldn't even go in the big pool as it had lane swimming and the othe location had swim a robics

Not very public really if no one but clubs and schools who have booked a year in advance get to use the pool

pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:33:43

Anyone else having this issue or just me I just want to take my baby swimming during the week while there are no bigger children jumping around Ect

Knottyknitter Tue 13-Sep-16 16:34:23

Completely agree. It's a nightmare, and why I shell out for gym membership (although the aquarobics is still an issue if I want to swim with dd, at least it's only an hour three days a week)

AmeliaJack Tue 13-Sep-16 16:35:24

Why not contact your local council and enquirer when their provision for public use of the baby pool is, and give your feedback on the current timetables.

Gizlotsmum Tue 13-Sep-16 16:37:13

Our public pool has schools in during term time but not all day. Do they have a timetable?

KittyVonCatsington Tue 13-Sep-16 16:38:56

Not just. I live in South East London and the organisation "Better" had a lot of public money to set up all the local leisure centres and pools and lo and behold-can now rarely swim with my 1 year old as booked up weekly with schools and all day Saturday for classes. Even on a Sunday, only half the children's pool is 'open' and only for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon.
It's very annoying!! 😡

honkinghaddock Tue 13-Sep-16 16:39:25

All my local pools have a parent and baby/toddler session once a week.

KittyVonCatsington Tue 13-Sep-16 16:40:16

*Not just you.

pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:42:00

Yes it's pretty much all day until to she glibly said well you can use it from 2 on wards I have to do school run then they have non school swim lessons

Even in the summer Hoildays they have lane swimming a clubs all day and only 1.5 hour use of the poll I thought once the Hoildays were over it may get better but it's worse

I think I may just use the private gym pool sigh
My council tax is paying for somthing I can't really get any use from

LBOCS2 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:42:34

Kitty, depending on where you are, West Wickham's teaching pool is often clear. They also do parent/baby sessions incredibly cheaply, much cheaper than the privately run courses!

FluffyWuffyFuckYou Tue 13-Sep-16 16:43:49

You can use it, just not when suits you.

Its a bit like me complaining I can't use the pool as its only open when I'm a work.
Tough for us both but not really anything to be complained about.

pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:44:31

They wouldn't even let us stay and use the pool while they waited for the next school to turn up

Swimming pricks

WatchingFromTheWings Tue 13-Sep-16 16:45:31

My local pool closes most Saturday and Sunday afternoons for private birthday parties. There's a baby pool and an adult pool. It's really annoying as that's when most families are likely to want to take the kids swimming.

pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:45:41

Oh fab it's open 1.5 hours a day in the Hoildays for families

For 1 hour in the morning and I hour in the evening before non school swimming lessons

Awsome that what I call public access

SuperFlyHigh Tue 13-Sep-16 16:47:02

Agree with Fluffy you can use it just not when it suits you! Couldn't you bring your other DC along when they finish school with the baby?

what about the other pools - surely they all can't have the same policy?

phoenix1973 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:47:35

Our pool is like this. It's crap.

SuperFlyHigh Tue 13-Sep-16 16:47:52

Watching - there must be other local pools.

BarbarianMum Tue 13-Sep-16 16:48:04

The reality is pools these days need to pay their way. If being open to mums and babies from 9am-12 brought in lots of money then I'm sure they'd do just that.

stopfuckingshoutingatme Tue 13-Sep-16 16:48:27


SuperFlyHigh Tue 13-Sep-16 16:49:06

if you're that bothered about this write to the company who owns the pool or to the local council stating your case. You never know you may get somewhere.

pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:49:35

They even closed off the family changing bit for the schools so even if you did get there for the hour in the morning you would have no fucking were to change

Is making me quite cross tax payers monies have been used for this pools so it's should be open none would be saying oh well suck it up if the libuary was closed for private reading most of the day leaving you a a few hours a day for true public use

SuperFlyHigh Tue 13-Sep-16 16:51:00

Look OP you seem to be getting really annoyed about this - speak to them about the changing issues etc.

and like I said before - there is obviously another pools local - what is theirs like? are they like this pool?

pleasemothermay1 Tue 13-Sep-16 16:51:48

Don't worry dh is emailing the local MP as we speak I have a pool at the bottom of my road can't use that so I drive to the next one only to discover can't use the pool

Bedsheets4knickers Tue 13-Sep-16 16:52:11

This drives me mad also . If it's not schools it's lanes , or over 50s etc etc . To go with my little one it takes a whole heap of planning x

honkinghaddock Tue 13-Sep-16 16:52:37

School children have to swim somewhere and most schools don't have there own pools.

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