The price of membership at Preston’s leisure centres has been branded a “disgrace” by a city councillor.
Councillor Michael Lavalette said: “Like many people in Preston I take my children and grandchildren swimming and I have been shocked by the price.
“I wondered about membership to the leisure centre, but it works out to be more expensive compared to some big commercial gyms.
“It’s a disgrace we’ve got ourselves into this position, which is important to people’s health in Preston.”
Monthly fees Fulwood and West View Leisure Centres are £31 for adults, £17 for 12-15-year-olds, £21 for 16-18-year-olds and £20 for over 60s.
Although peak-time individual adult memberships are more expensive at commercial gyms, a monthly cost for two adults and two juniors would cost £96 at council facilities, compared to £90 for the equivalent at Total Fitness in Strand Road.
Off-peak adult memberships at DW Fitness in Port Way are available for £28, and students can attend off-peak for £19.95.
Councillor Tom Burns cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “The facilities we provide at our leisure centres represent excellent quality and superb value for money.
“A very recent benchmarking exercise carried out by the council confirmed that our casual swim prices are amongst the lowest in Lancashire.
“Furthermore our gym Memberships at £290 per year are on average £120 less than the average charged by the private sector.”
He said despite offers by other gyms, council facilities offered the best value.