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OLYMPIC hopeful Rachael Kelly joined sporting legends Nick Gillingham and David Moorcroft to help launch the borough’s new £10million leisure complex Jubilee2.
The 17-year-old, from Ashley near Loggerheads, who has won a host of gold medals in the pool including the World Junior Championships in Peru last summer, was among the guests for the event.
She joined Olympic legend Nick Gillingham in the Jubilee2 pool to promote the facilities at the centre in Brunswick Street, Newcastle.
Nick - who won a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics, a bronze in Barcelona and was fourth at the Atlanta Games – gave a coaching master class to local elite swimmers and also set a pool record for two lengths breast stroke of 31 seconds.
Track and field legend Dave Moorcroft, who held the 5000m world record for three years and competed in two Olympics, was in the gym talking to people about staying fit and active.
Residents in Newcastle-under-Lyme are set to benefit from a further freeze in the borough council’s part of Council Tax bills.
Cabinet proposals have been put forward which mean that when bills drop through letter boxes in the next few weeks, households would not be asked to pay any more for the local services they receive from the borough council.
As the Reporter went to press, Full Council was considering a budget which would mean for the second year running the borough council has managed to freeze its part of bills.
The news comes despite the council facing up to a £2.6 million gap in its budget for the year ahead with gaps amounting to a further £2.7 million in the following four years.
Council Leader Stephen Sweeney said: “To be able to put forward no increase in the borough council’s part of Council Tax bills for the second year in a row is a tremendous achievement in very difficult times like these.
“The message from the Cabinet is a positive one for residents. We know how difficult it is for many local people at the present time and we are doing our bit to try and help them out.
“We are continually trying to enhance and improve services and this constant challenge to deliver more for less is helping us to relieve the burden on local people.”
The Leader said the number of staff employed by the council has reduced by at least 60 in recent years. And that despite the financial pressures in 2012/13, there is unlikely to be more than just one or two compulsory redundancies.
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