Jersey AquaSplash: No price hike after subsidy cut

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Image caption Annual subsidies for the Aquasplash pool in St Helier will be cut by £100,000

Opening times and prices at a Jersey swimming pool will not be affected after the States cut subsidies by £100,000 per year.

Serco Leisure, which runs AquaSplash, said savings had been found in energy, lighting and water management costs.

The States currently pays Serco £391,000 per year, which will drop to £291,000 from 2015.

Since 2003, when the pool was built for £12m, the States has paid Serco £3.4m to run the facility.

Serco has a 20-year contract to run the pool, which is re-negotiated every five years. The current contract expires on 31 December.

Serco said the pool attracts 180,000 visits annually.

Ian Phelps, of Serco Leisure, said a "usual" 2% price rise, in line with inflation, would happen in January.

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