LOCAL residents have spoken against Newcastle City Council’s budget balancing act.
Last Sunday, about 150 people protested against cuts to pool operating hours and increases in admission prices at Stockton Swimming Centre.
It was organised by Stockton resident Chelle Heath, who was one of about a dozen people to speak on the issue.
Representatives of protest groups from Beresfield and Mayfield pools also spoke, contrasting the increases with the $4million allocated to revamp Merewether Ocean Baths.
Mayfield’s Liam Phelan said people paid rates for community services and there was nothing to say a pool had to absolutely run at a profit.
‘‘If they do want them to run at a profit, then slashing operating hours and jacking up prices seems a strange way to do it."