Leisure centre prices frozen

EAST Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced prices at its leisure centres will be frozen for 2013 as it tries to capitalise on the Olympic legacy.

The council said the step had also been introduced as a way of helping the money pressures on local families.

Prices for activities such as swimming and exercise classes will remain the same, as the council hopes to encourage more residents to visit its 11 leisure centres and become more active and healthier.

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games captured the hearts and imaginations of the entire country and can be best summed up by the scenes of celebration witnessed across the East Riding as the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Bridlington, Beverley, Brough and Goole in June.

“The enthusiasm for sport following the games was undeniable and the council’s leisure centres, already amongst the most visited in the country, saw an increase in interest.

“By freezing prices we hope to encourage more people to take up sport and improve their health and well-being.

“This council is committed to offering first class leisure facilities and that is why a number of venues have seen investment in recent years.”

The decision to freeze prices will also allow the council to fulfil its public health objectives when these become the responsibility of the authority in April.