North West Wales

Cuts meeting reprieves two pools on Anglesey

Two swimming pools on Anglesey threatened with closure have been saved for the time being under a new cuts package.

Instead, councillors decided to cut staff numbers and opening hours.

In 2009 there were protests at Amlwch when the council said it wanted to shut two of island's three public pools.

Campaigner Andrew Wright said the pool was "vital" for the area, and he urged people to make the most of their local pool so they all remain open.

Tuesday's meeting of the council's executive also included discussion of the future of the library service as part of a bid to find authority savings of £10m a year by the end of 2013/14.

Steps being looked at will include general "good housekeeping", a reduced investment in general management trainees, energy efficiency in council buildings, working with other councils to improve buying power, a management review, charging staff and councillors for parking and reducing staffing costs.

'Making the headlines'

Council leader Clive Macgregor said their decision came with a "health warning" as because of the financial situation things might change again.

He said the council had to find £4m in savings this year.

Around £7m had already been worked on, but another £3m "plus" had to be found, he added.

Mr Macgregor said he was pleased leisure services had been saved.

"No councillor likes to reduce, or remove, services," he said.

The package of money saving measures would now go out to public consultation.

He said the "big hits" were being taken behind the scenes, but "that could change overnight, and pools and libraries could again be making the headlines".

Andrew Wright, who has campaigned to keep the pools open, said that because of poor road links the original plan of one pool for the whole of the island had been unfeasible.

On the reduced opening hours he added: "It's important that the community use the facilities so that we fill it while it's open to prove the case (that there is a need)."

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