Bromley Councillor John Getgood has been fighting over the past year for the government’s scheme to subsidise free swimming for the over-60’s in Bromley. Unfortunately, the motion in favour of this was rejected by the council and the government’s deadline for participation has passed. However, Bromley residents have been asked to sign a petition calling for the introduction of the scheme.
Bromley Council on Ageing have issued the following statement:
Maureen Falloon, Chair of Bromley Council on Ageing and Director of Age Concern Bromley, Evelyn Collington, Bromley Council on Ageing Co-ordinator and Kuniko Sato, Older People’s Panel member, took a petition with 2,989 signatures to present to Cllr Julian Bennington at the Civic Centre calling for Bromley Council to provide free swimming for people aged 60+.
81% of all Councils across England are now offering free swimming for people aged 60+ and Bromley Council is one of only two London boroughs who declined the offer to participate in the scheme. Maureen Falloon said “In reaching its decision, Bromley Council has taken a ‘worse case’ scenario in terms of the take up of free swimming to arrive at how much it would cost had they joined the scheme which is not fully funded by the Government. However, our neighbouring borough Bexley found in the first month that only 6% of people 60+ have registered.
Unfortunately, Cllr Bennington was unable to accept the Petition in person due to the snow.