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 . How can that be justifiable?”
Monthly costs at Fulwood Leisure Centre and West View are £31 per month for adults, £17 for 12-15-year-olds, £21 for 16-18-year-olds and £20 for over 60s.
Although peak-time individual memberships for adults work out more expensive at larger commercial city 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 cost £28, and students can attend off-peak for £19.95.
Councillor Robert Boswell, of the ruling Labour party said: “We looked at hundreds of different facilities across the country, and we benchmarked ours at the bottom of the price range.
“We’ve got an awful lot at our leisure centres, it’s not just swimming.”
He added: “We’ve had to try and reduce subsidies for obvious reasons. We can subsidise leisure centres more, but that will have an affect on something else.”
Coun Lavallete replied: “It’s a disgrace we’ve got ourselves into this position, which is important to people’s health in Preston.”