Leisure prices rise as council tries to make dent in budget deficit

March 02 2020
Leisure prices rise as council tries to make dent in budget deficit

Filton residents are eligible for special prices and swimming using this discount has gone from just £2.80 to £2.85 .

 

Filton Leisure Centre has raised its prices for activities as the town council battles to close the revenue gap which has led to a 35% increase in the council tax precept.
The increase means an adult swimming session will be £4.50 in the next financial year, up from £4.20 - in line with Bradley Stoke Sports Centre but still cheaper than Horfield. The comparable price for a child goes up from £2.20 to £2.30.
However Filton residents are eligible for special prices and swimming using this discount has gone from just £2.80 to £2.85 .For child residents the price goes up more steeply, from £1.50 to £2.
The popular swimming lessons will rise from £6.50 per lesson to £7 while there are also increases for one to one lessons
Filton councillors have tried over many years to highlight the lower price opportunities for residents, who can sign up at the pool reception with proof of address.
Councillors voted unanimously for the increase.
Leisure centre manager Scott Fessey said, in answer to questions about the small increases, that he was trying to keep the prices under other local leisure centres. He said he hoped the small increases would lead to a lower precept next year.
In some cases, Filton charges are significantly higher than at other centres. The cost of a pool party is going up from £100 to £130. Bradley Stoke charges £64 and Horfield £125.
The debate on prices comes amidst problems for the council who were told by accountants last month that revenue was considerably lower than anticipated - falling short by £102,000 this year - while costs have risen beyond budget by around £37,000.
It is estimated it will cost £610,000 to run the centre next year, which led to the 35% increase in precept.
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