Two swimming pools in Aberdeen are the latest victims of budget cuts after operator Sport Aberdeen had its budget slashed by £405,000 as part of Aberdeen City Council’s saving programme.
The pools at Hazlehead and Kincorth, which are both in need of investment to bring them up to modern standards, are scheduled to close in August following a significant decline in visitor numbers. Hazlehead pool occupancy rates have stood at 9.63% with an average around 33 users per day. Kincorth pool occupancy rates have stood at 8.33% with an average around 32 users per day.
Aberdeen City Council Education convener, Angela Taylor, said: “This is about Aberdeen moving forward. It’s only right that when facilities are not being used to their full potential that we look again at what’s best for the citizens of Aberdeen.
“Everyone knows that Aberdeen is the lowest funded local authority in Scotland so while funding is limited we need to deploy our resources in the most effective way. We are currently rolling out the biggest regeneration programme in the city’s history – and sports and physical activity are a huge part of this.”