Councillor gets assurances on swimming provision

Fraserburgh's Community and Sports Centre.
Fraserburgh's Community and Sports Centre.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Brian Topping has been given assurances on swimming lesson provisions after being contacted by a constituent.

The longest serving Fraserburgh and district councillor had recently spoken with a young mother, via letter, who was concerned about the availability of lessons for her young child.

“It seems they don’t have the capacity,” the councillor told us.

“I spoke with Maria Walker (director of education, learning and leisure) and discussed the letter with her. She was very sympathetic with the young mother and is talking with the appropriate members of staff.

“I don’t know what’s possible, but I think she had a point,” Councillor Topping added.

When contacted by the Fraserburgh Herald, Ms Walker said: “We are aware of the demand for pre-school swimming - staff at Fraserburgh Community Swimming Pool have been in communication with local residents, and are in the process of organising some additional pre-school swimming lesson provision outwith of traditional working hours from August in recognition of the fact that working parents may struggle to access existing pre-school lessons.

“In the event that these lessons prove popular we would then evaluate whether we could procure additional space and instructors to deliver more lessons.”

Fraserburgh’s new swimming pool was opened to members of the public in February, 2013.