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Admission fees for pools and parks set to rise from Monday

John Freeman
New fees and charges for the use of Lancaster City Council-run leisure facilities will come into effect on Monday 7th March.

The decision made by Cabinet to increase the prices charged at Salt Ayre Sports Centre, community pools, Williamson Park, parks and recreation grounds and the Platform takes account of the rise in inflation and the implications of the increase in VAT.

The rises, which will for example see the cost of a swim at Salt Ayre rise to £3.50 for adults, met with opposition from Conservatives and Green councillors, among others, but have now come into force.

“Any decisions made which involve an increase in prices for any of our services are not taken lightly," commented Coun June Ashworth, Cabinet member with responsibility for cultural services.  "However, it is important to ensure the council can continue to provide value for money services which give people access to a wide range of leisure opportunities whilst retaining fees at affordable and competitive levels.”

• For a full list of the new prices for all the council’s leisure services, visit