25% rise in cost of fitness class

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INFLATION busting increases in the cost of using many leisure facilities have been approved by city councillors.

The rises, to come into effect on April 1, were last week agreed by Lancaster City Council’s cabinet and could earn the council an extra £11,300 after inflation of 2.6 per cent has been applied.

The cost of off peak fitness and swimming classes at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre will rise from £4 to £5, a huge 25 per cent hike.

Other price increases at facilities including Salt Ayre, Williamson Park, community pools, parks and The Platform vary from 2.2 per cent to 20 per cent, with the smaller rises coming in above inflation because they have been rounded to the nearest 10p.

Some charges – for instance main court hire at Salt Ayre and swimming for juniors at Salt Ayre and community pools in Carnforth, Heysham and Hornby – have been frozen.

The cost of an adult swim will rise from £3.50 to £3.60.

See the Lancaster Guardian (23-02-12) for full story.