Wandsworth Labour are delighted to see that the Council has taken seriously Cllr Sheila Boswell’s proposal to treat the children of Wandsworth to free swimming during the summer half term in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.
Since free swimming was abolished by the Tory-led government, numbers of children swimming have dropped by a third. Local contractors DC Leisure, who are responsible for Wandsworth’s swimming pools have, as a consequence, seen a corresponding fall in income from adults accompanying children, which has hit their bottom line. As such, they have already taken the decision to raise eligibility for free swimming to 8 years old.
We are pleased that DC Leisure see the benefit of Cllr Boswell’s proposal.
Cllr Sheila Boswell, whose initiative inspired this treat, said,
“On the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, it was proposed to give ‘a treat’ to the poor children of Battersea in the form of a Jubilee meal. I thought it would be great to replicate this in a modern day universal gift to mark the occasion of this Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and so proposed the idea of free swimming during half term week for all Wandsworth children under 16”
The £8000 cost of the initiative will be met from the leftover funds from the Labour government’s free swimming initiative which ended in July 2010.