Pembrokeshire County Council to increase leisure centre prices

Western Telegraph: Pembrokeshire County Council to increase leisure centre prices Pembrokeshire County Council to increase leisure centre prices

PEMBROKESHIRE County Council is to increase its leisure fees and charges for 2014/15 and introduce a two-tier charging structure based on a loyalty card system as of April.

Cabinet agreed the proposals at a meeting on Monday (December 2).

The direct running cost of leisure centres across Pembrokeshire is estimated to be £2m every year.

A review of current charges was undertaken as part of the council’s response to the cost reduction exercise which requires £20m of savings over the next two financial years.

According to a report by the director of finance and leisure, Mark Lewis, the council has invested £20m in leisure facilities across the county in the last decade.

The council has compared its charges with other providers in west Wales, including its counterparts in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, and found Pembrokeshire fees to be “significantly below the comparable level elsewhere”.

It plans to introduce a loyalty card aimed at being an “incentive” for customers to take part in leisure activities.

The card will carry an annual fee of £10 for adults, £5 for children and £20 for a family of four, and will give users a 15% discount on standard charges.

The proposed changes will see the cost of a full membership rise from £21 a month to £23.10, with corporate memberships increasing from £17.25 to £19 a month, off off-peak memberships from £13.50 to £14.85.

Adult swimming prices will rise from £2.40 to £3, while the cost of a child will increase by 50p to £2.20.

Swimming lessons will also see increases of £1 for children and £1.10 for adults.

A single gym session will cost £5.60 instead of the current £4.40, while the cost of classes will increase from £4.40 to £5.50 for adults, and from £2.80 to £3.50 for children.

Racquet sports, indoor bowls, facility hire and all-weather pitch hire will also see increases.

These changes are expected to provide the council with an extra £200,000 each year.

Cabinet member for sport and leisure Cllr Elwyn Morse said the increase in fees was a consequence of a reduction in Welsh Government funding to the authority, as well as the need to make budget savings.

“I would like to emphasise the quality of the services in Pembrokeshire and our desire that we continue working towards these aims,” he added.

Council leader Cllr Jamie Adams said: “If there was a way of avoiding this we would. There are many things we would like to avoid but unfortunately Welsh Government funding has pushed us into decisions we would not normally want to make.”

Cllr Adams said he knew other authorities were also reviewing their charging structures and making more “draconian” changes.

“So we are in a good position in that respect,” he added.

Cllr Adams also referred to the significant investment made in leisure facilities, including the recent resurfacing of the Sir Thomas Picton astro turf in Haverfordwest.

He added: “Clearly leisure provision doesn’t go without reinvestment and what we are making sure is that the level of investment is right for the future.”

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6:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Qwerty123abc says...

I hope when they took in to account how much extra money they will make a year they have also taken in to account how many members they will loose as I can tell them now they will loose 2 memberships from our household which is about £550 a year.
I hope when they took in to account how much extra money they will make a year they have also taken in to account how many members they will loose as I can tell them now they will loose 2 memberships from our household which is about £550 a year. Qwerty123abc

6:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Andrew Lye says...

"Adult swimming prices will rise from £2.40 to £3, while the cost of a child will increase by 50p to £2.20."
(I presume thats the cost of a child swim?)
"Adult swimming prices will rise from £2.40 to £3, while the cost of a child will increase by 50p to £2.20." (I presume thats the cost of a child swim?) Andrew Lye

10:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Qwerty123abc says...

My comment voted down... Hahaha
My comment voted down... Hahaha Qwerty123abc

11:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Flashbang says...

Qwerty123abc wrote:
My comment voted down... Hahaha
It's probably for spelling lose as loose.
[quote][p][bold]Qwerty123abc[/bold] wrote: My comment voted down... Hahaha[/p][/quote]It's probably for spelling lose as loose. Flashbang

11:06pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Harrygrayballs says...

Why not sell our lovely new leisure centre into the private sector??
That would pay BPJ and his cohorts their salaries for a few years,or maybe
BPJ,the senior officers and councillors could suffer the pay cut that that has
been forced on their care staff.Surely £200k could be saved?
Why not sell our lovely new leisure centre into the private sector?? That would pay BPJ and his cohorts their salaries for a few years,or maybe BPJ,the senior officers and councillors could suffer the pay cut that that has been forced on their care staff.Surely £200k could be saved? Harrygrayballs

10:07am Wed 4 Dec 13

Gogledd says...

I am almost about to give up reading the Tele...its too depressing...its much better to stick my head in the sand....
I am almost about to give up reading the Tele...its too depressing...its much better to stick my head in the sand.... Gogledd

1:26pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Qwerty123abc says...

Flashbang wrote:
Qwerty123abc wrote:
My comment voted down... Hahaha
It's probably for spelling lose as loose.
If my spelling gets voted down I dread to think how my ideas would go down.
[quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Qwerty123abc[/bold] wrote: My comment voted down... Hahaha[/p][/quote]It's probably for spelling lose as loose.[/p][/quote]If my spelling gets voted down I dread to think how my ideas would go down. Qwerty123abc

3:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Flashbang says...

Qwerty123abc wrote:
Flashbang wrote:
Qwerty123abc wrote:
My comment voted down... Hahaha
It's probably for spelling lose as loose.
If my spelling gets voted down I dread to think how my ideas would go down.
If your ideas include stuffing your pockets with ratepayers money, mismanaging everything that you touch and treating ratepayers with total contempt then expect a few thumbs down.
[quote][p][bold]Qwerty123abc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Qwerty123abc[/bold] wrote: My comment voted down... Hahaha[/p][/quote]It's probably for spelling lose as loose.[/p][/quote]If my spelling gets voted down I dread to think how my ideas would go down.[/p][/quote]If your ideas include stuffing your pockets with ratepayers money, mismanaging everything that you touch and treating ratepayers with total contempt then expect a few thumbs down. Flashbang

6:54pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Tttoommy says...

Flashbang wrote:
Qwerty123abc wrote:
My comment voted down... Hahaha
It's probably for spelling lose as loose.
You think all those votes down when someone suggests common sense approaches to Local Government and BPJ should leave in shame are due to pedants marking down poor spelling or bad grammar? LOL :)
[quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Qwerty123abc[/bold] wrote: My comment voted down... Hahaha[/p][/quote]It's probably for spelling lose as loose.[/p][/quote]You think all those votes down when someone suggests common sense approaches to Local Government and BPJ should leave in shame are due to pedants marking down poor spelling or bad grammar? LOL :) Tttoommy

9:55am Sat 7 Dec 13

Kiwitaff says...

A predictable response from the Kremlin to cut front lime services such as mobile libraries, care services and to increase the charges to the public for leisure activities.

The BPJ run Pembs CC has failed miserably to provide any stimulous to the local economy and if it had been a private sector business it would have gone bust years ago.

How much longer will Pembrokeshire ratepayerd have to keep subsidising the obscene salary of a top purchasing clerk.
A predictable response from the Kremlin to cut front lime services such as mobile libraries, care services and to increase the charges to the public for leisure activities. The BPJ run Pembs CC has failed miserably to provide any stimulous to the local economy and if it had been a private sector business it would have gone bust years ago. How much longer will Pembrokeshire ratepayerd have to keep subsidising the obscene salary of a top purchasing clerk. Kiwitaff

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