A swim should be separate to the gym, was the call of councillors at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District yesterday, when the continuing controversy over the prices being charged for the public to use the new Lough Lannagh Leisure Complex, owned by Mayo county Council was discussed.
The matter was raised by the Cathaoirleach, Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne because he said, it is what everyone in town is talking about. Everone he says agrees that the new 11 million euro development is state of the art and a wonderful facility – but he insisted it’s too expensive to use for the ordinary person or family.
All other cllrs spoke on the matter – and expressed similar concerns about the prices being charged for use of the facilities.
They called on the council executive to look again at the pricing structure, as they argued that people / families will travel to other locations for a swim if the prices are not significantly reduced.
Council officials explained that there is a significant operational cost to running a 25 meter, 8 lane swimming pool and insisted that the prices being charged are comparable to similar facilities nationally.