Free Wiltshire swimming sessions are scrapped

Free swimming sessions at leisure centres in Wiltshire are being scrapped due to cuts in government funding.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said the government had announced funding for the initiative would end on 31 July.

However, the scheme in the county continues until the end of this month after additional funds were provided by NHS Wiltshire.

The sessions were open to people aged under 16 or over 60.

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member for leisure at the Conservative-run council, said: "We stretched the available funding as far as we could, and were keen to ensure people were able to take advantage of it during the school summer holidays."

He said admission prices will revert to their previous levels from 1 October.

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