Iwinced with embarrassment reading the egregiously poor attempt at local journalism about Victoria Pendleton (please note the correct spelling, which your article failed to achieve in its headline).
I winced with embarrassment reading the egregiously poor attempt at local journalism about Victoria Pendleton (please note the correct spelling, which your article failed to achieve in its headline).
Instead of taking the opportunity to welcome her and her husband officially to the area, I found a pitiful excuse at headline grabbing connected with activities in her private life, which no doubt had little basis in fact.
Whilst I leave you to ponder what form your apology will take, I can only encourage the happy couple to facilitate the disposal of any ‘muck’ they happen upon by using page five of last week’s edition.
Victoria and Scott, on behalf of the readers of the Thame Gazette, a very warm welcome to the local community.
Glenham Road, Thame
Regarding the headlines on last week’s Gazette re Sharman Beer Court, I feel there were only negative aspects mentioned.
While it is true that some residents have been very restricted because of the lift problem, Sharman Beer Court is a very nice place to live.
Residents have supported each other.
Social events have continued as usual and I hope this article does not put people off taking up residence here.
Sharman Beer Court
I have been a member of the Aqua Vale for two years and regularly take my two grandchildren, age 4 and 8, to the pool for lessons.
I have, since first joining, commented to staff including Duty Managers about the lack of cleanliness and hygiene at the pool, only to be told that they have seen a lot dirtier pools than Aylesbury and that their concern is for safety. I understand that the prevention of anyone drowning must be the number one priority but surely hygiene is also a matter of safety.
Following the closure of the pool the other week, I was hoping that standards of hygiene might be improved and certainly when I visited last week it was evident that there was an improvement in cleanliness around the pool and in the changing rooms.
However, today things seemed to have slipped back again. Pool surround and changing rooms were dirty and littered with rubbish but my main concern, which has been the case for the past 2 years, is that following swimming lessons parents are in the shower area wearing outdoor shoes. Anything carried in on their shoes can presumably be transferred to the pool!
There is a small black typed notice stating that outdoor shoes should not be worn in this area and plastic overshoes should be worn, however, when I pointed this out to the 8 or so people in the showers today, I was told that I did not understand that they needed to ensure their children rinsed the shampoo out of their hair properly! When I pointed out that they could have trodden in anything outside and be bringing in heaven only knows what into the area being used by people with bare feet, I was just told that I did not understand their need to supervise their children. Unfortunately these parents need to be educated and this can only be done by your staff as I only receive abuse from them.
It is possible to do this by placing more prominent and visible signs in the area and for a member of staff for a few weeks to ensure it is adhered to, as was done at Thame pool (where I continue to swim due to the fact the pool is kept in a much cleaner and hygienic state than Aquavale).
At Thame pool the majority of people now take off their shoes before entering the changing area and I have never seen anyone poolside or in the shower areas wearing outdoor shoes.
I realise that the layout of the Aquavale does make it very difficult to discourage people from walking in outdoor shoes in shower and poolside areas but I feel this is a challenge for your staff and once people realise it is just not allowed/acceptable due to reasons of hygiene, they will comply, as has been proved in Thame.
It is a pity that when work was carried out on the pool last year that some of the funds were not utilised to reorganise the layout to ensure that it was not possible to enter the pool areas without going through foot bath and shower areas.
Regrettably, as I live very near to Aquavale, I will not be renewing my membership again and will myself continue swimming at Thame unless I witness some improvement in the hygiene, cleanliness and attitude by Aquavale staff towards this.