Disappointed by family swim

PUBLISHED: 16:09 11 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

On Sunday, I paid over £9 at Exmouth Sports Centre for a swim for myself and two daughters, one under four. The changing rooms were dirty and there was food lying around on the floor (I complained and was told there had been a gala the night before). In t

On Sunday, I paid over £9 at Exmouth Sports Centre for a swim for myself and two daughters, one under four.The changing rooms were dirty and there was food lying around on the floor (I complained and was told there had been a gala the night before). In the pool, there was a lot of debris on the bottom and there were also a number of tiles missing, which have been this way for some time.A few weeks back, I was visiting family in Gloucester and decided to use the new swimming pool. The cost was nearly half of that of Exmouth and the complex contained three pools with slide and waterfalls as well as a fully laned-off pool for serious swimmers.I thought the Government were trying to encourage keeping fit, not it seems at Exmouth. I have discussed the matter with a friend who has said that, if you go weekly and have four children, it is actually cheaper to join a local private club.It could be that prices are high because of seasonal visitors. If this is the case, Leisure East Devon should think about issuing cards like Greenwich council (I am a former resident of Greenwich Borough Council). For £1 and proof that you live in the borough, one was offered a discount at council-run resources, such as leisure centres and evening classes at local schools.I disagree with building in front of the estuary, although I admit it could be better exploited. A supermarket is not the answer, but a new leisure facility, discounted at a rate similar to elsewhere in the country, will be welcomed by many.Stephen Watts,Brookfield Cottages,The Strand, Lympstone.

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