The efforts of Chipping Norton Lido trustees have succeeded in getting the withdrawal of the pool’s rate relief covered by BBC 5live. Their Breakfast programme featured an interview with Clare Jarvis at the pool on Wednesday morning.
The interview will be online for seven days so if you missed it you will be able to listen here until the early morning of 2nd March 2011.
Once the programme is playing, move the slider to around 1:53:00. The interview lasts for about three and a half minutes.
The story in a nutshell so far: WODC and Cllr Simon Hoare in particular have decided to withdraw rate relief for charities with financial reserves above a certain level. He appears to have missed the point that the Lido’s reserves have been raised to cover the coming year’s losses. The Lido is therefore being penalised for being financially prudent.