Concerns over rising Wirral gym costs

Wirral Globe: Concerns over rising Wirral gym costs Concerns over rising Wirral gym costs

CONCERNS that new year resolutions to hit the gym will be harder to keep due to increasing membership costs have been quashed by Wirral Council who say their prices remain affordable for most.

Labour has warned membership costs at local authority-owned leisure centres are rocketing, with individual fitness sessions becoming more costly, putting people off attending.

Across the country, annual membership bills have increased by up to £100 at two-thirds of public gyms since the coalition took power, according to research carried out by the opposition.

The survey of 95 English councils found a yearly pass now costs £368 on average, an increase of £15 since 2010 – but 48 councils introduced above-average hikes.

But memberships at Wirral Council's Invigor8 leisure centres - which include Beechwood Recreation Centre, Guinea Gap Leisure Centre, Leasowe Leisure Centre, The Oval Leisure Centre, Wirral Tennis and Leisure Centre, and Woodchurch Leisure Centre – are below average, with an annual membership for an adult costing just £353.95.

Councillor Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "At a time when the cost of things like fuel and energy are on the rise and putting a strain on household budgets, we strongly believe it is important that people aren’t forced to sacrifice activities that keep them fit and well.

"Membership prices for our Invigor8 leisure centres remain affordable for most residents, particularly when compared to the prices of membership at privately-run facilities, and we offer a range of activities plus incentives, discounts and loyalty bonuses to new and existing members.

"These include our 'New Year, New You' promotion aimed at attracting those people who have made a resolution to get fitter in 2014 and which offers potential new members and the chance to try some classes and swimming sessions for free."

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11:53am Fri 3 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

They are investing 2 million pounds in the leisure centres as announced by cllr meaden(health and well being, not sure what qualifies her for that post?) Earlier this year, but as everyone in leisure knows certain centres are being "tarted up" cllr Meadens words,to appeal more to the private sector companies that will take over once the improvements have been paid for by the council.
They are investing 2 million pounds in the leisure centres as announced by cllr meaden(health and well being, not sure what qualifies her for that post?) Earlier this year, but as everyone in leisure knows certain centres are being "tarted up" cllr Meadens words,to appeal more to the private sector companies that will take over once the improvements have been paid for by the council. Thepleb
  • Score: 7

1:53pm Fri 3 Jan 14

mahoosive says...

I go to a privately run Gym, my yearly membership is cheaper than the average I can go anytime of day and the facilities are excellent
I go to a privately run Gym, my yearly membership is cheaper than the average I can go anytime of day and the facilities are excellent mahoosive
  • Score: 1

2:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

hildebrand says...

Private gyms cost a fortune compared to Council ones. The memberships at David Lloyd are ridiculous - OK the facilities are better but they cost almost twice as much and realistically you're only going to go to the one local centre.
Private gyms cost a fortune compared to Council ones. The memberships at David Lloyd are ridiculous - OK the facilities are better but they cost almost twice as much and realistically you're only going to go to the one local centre. hildebrand
  • Score: 2

9:29pm Sat 4 Jan 14

TheGoodGuy says...

I used Woodchurch Leisure Centre for the first time before Christmas, I was really taken back, its a real hidden gem. The place was so clean and the staff friendly and welcoming, but from the outside it looks awful.
The problem with selling these services on.. its then about profit and not about the community...
I used Woodchurch Leisure Centre for the first time before Christmas, I was really taken back, its a real hidden gem. The place was so clean and the staff friendly and welcoming, but from the outside it looks awful. The problem with selling these services on.. its then about profit and not about the community... TheGoodGuy
  • Score: 5

9:57pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Jools The Hair says...

TheGoodGuy wrote:
I used Woodchurch Leisure Centre for the first time before Christmas, I was really taken back, its a real hidden gem. The place was so clean and the staff friendly and welcoming, but from the outside it looks awful.
The problem with selling these services on.. its then about profit and not about the community...
Hey Goodguy...

Spot on !!!

I've swam at Woodchurch Leisure Centre for the past two years, from the outside, you wouldnt know its there, but the best pool on the Wirral.
Its what Mums want... Clean !!!
[quote][p][bold]TheGoodGuy[/bold] wrote: I used Woodchurch Leisure Centre for the first time before Christmas, I was really taken back, its a real hidden gem. The place was so clean and the staff friendly and welcoming, but from the outside it looks awful. The problem with selling these services on.. its then about profit and not about the community...[/p][/quote]Hey Goodguy... Spot on !!! I've swam at Woodchurch Leisure Centre for the past two years, from the outside, you wouldnt know its there, but the best pool on the Wirral. Its what Mums want... Clean !!! Jools The Hair
  • Score: 5

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