Keeping fit to cost more in Brighton and Hove

Ticket prices are going up at The Volks Railway as Brighton and Hove City Council increase the costs of leisure services

Ticket prices are going up at The Volks Railway as Brighton and Hove City Council increase the costs of leisure services

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Sports fees will increase, seafront attraction fares go up and bowls clubs closed – but those on benefits will get discounts as part of town hall plans approved last night.

Brighton and Hove City Council believes a concessionary card giving 40 per cent discounts on sport activities will boost participation among the poorest.

But to fund it, regular users of its leisure centres will be asked to foot the bill, with increases of up to ten per cent in swimming, football and tennis courts.

Opponents claim it will lead to a drop-off in sport, just six months after the 2012 Olympics.

Green councillors voted for the plan but Conservative and Labour members abstained.

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development and culture committee, said: “I am pleased that we have found a way to encourage participation in sport among those who can least afford it.

“This scheme will contribute towards the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in the city.”

'Put off'

Council bosses maintained the revised sporting charges were below the regional average.

But Conservative councillor Tony Janio called the fee increases “shameless”.

Fellow Conservative councillor David Smith said: “I’m not interested in regional average. I’m interested in what’s happening in Brighton and Hove.

“When you start on 15p here and there, added up through the year, it puts people off.”

Volks fares

Labour councillor Brian Fitch said: “We will be holding our position until the budget as this forms part of that.”

He added the concessionary card was “worth trying to encourage”.

The local authority claims the increases to fares on the Volks railway, which runs between Brighton’s Palace Pier and Black Rock, will cover running costs.

But Conservative councillor Vanessa Brown claimed she felt they could be “counter-productive” and put visitors off.

Bowls clubs

When discussing bowls, the council claimed the numbers playing the sport had fallen.

Three clubs with the smallest memberships will close by April – Dyke Road Park, Hove Park, and Hove and Kingsway Ladies.

The council will also stop maintaining five greens – two at Preston Park, two at Hove and Kingsway and one at Hollingbury Park.

This would leave one council maintained green for each club.

A majority of councillors on the committee approved the plans.

SPORT
Swimming (adult) £4 to £4.30 (increase 7.5%)

Swimming (junior/60+) £2.40 to £2.55 (6.3%)

Swimming lessons £5.40 to £5.80 (7.4%).

All weather pitch £27.05 to £29.85 (10.4%)

Athletics £3.60 to £3.95 (9.7%)

Junior tennis £6.40 to £6.85 (7%)

New 50p charge for creche at Withdean and Prince Regent

Junior season ticket at Hollingbury golf course £115 to £95 (down 17.4%)

VOLKS
Adult single £2 to £2.60 (30%)

Adult return £3.10 to £3.50 (12.9%)

Child single £1.10 to £1.50 (36.4%)

Child return £1.60 to £2 (25%)

Senior single £1.30 to £1.70 (30.8%)

Senior return £2.00 to £2.60 (30%)

Family return £6.90 to £9 (30.4%)

For a full list of all charges see the Brighton and Hove City Council report here: www.theargus.co.uk/news/special/sportsandleisurecharges

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2:06pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Rostrum says...

" Brighton and Hove City Council believes a concessionary card giving 40 per cent discounts on sport activities will boost participation among the poorest." ..... But will not increase the participation for the tax payers .....
" Brighton and Hove City Council believes a concessionary card giving 40 per cent discounts on sport activities will boost participation among the poorest." ..... But will not increase the participation for the tax payers ..... Rostrum
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2:24pm Fri 11 Jan 13

melfromhove says...

Another scheme by Loopy-Lucas to get the working population bestowing gifts on her idle, soap-dodging mates.
Another scheme by Loopy-Lucas to get the working population bestowing gifts on her idle, soap-dodging mates. melfromhove
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2:29pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Fight_Back says...

You would have thought the Greens would have learnt from the £200k BLACKHOLE from the increase in parking fees !

So when income drops due to the increases in sports charges what is the Green plan to fill the blackhole ????

Ahhh - they don't have a plan.

Here's a challenge to both Labour and the Tories - WORK TOGETHER !!!!!

If you don't then my vote will go elsewhere and it won't be Lib Dems ! It's time these Green amateurs were kicked out but unfortunately neither the Tories or Labour have the intelligence, integrity or honesty to deal with the problem jointly.

Time for a new party - UKIP is looking increasingly attractive !

*** I note that as per usual, Warren Morgan has failed to comment to the comments on his own letter -could it be because they show him up somewhat ? ***
You would have thought the Greens would have learnt from the £200k BLACKHOLE from the increase in parking fees ! So when income drops due to the increases in sports charges what is the Green plan to fill the blackhole ???? Ahhh - they don't have a plan. Here's a challenge to both Labour and the Tories - WORK TOGETHER !!!!! If you don't then my vote will go elsewhere and it won't be Lib Dems ! It's time these Green amateurs were kicked out but unfortunately neither the Tories or Labour have the intelligence, integrity or honesty to deal with the problem jointly. Time for a new party - UKIP is looking increasingly attractive ! *** I note that as per usual, Warren Morgan has failed to comment to the comments on his own letter -could it be because they show him up somewhat ? *** Fight_Back
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2:40pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Fercri Sakes says...

Does anybody know what what benefits you need to receive before you can get a discount?

Oh, and how much is the Tory government's shortfall in payments to the council this year?
Does anybody know what what benefits you need to receive before you can get a discount? Oh, and how much is the Tory government's shortfall in payments to the council this year? Fercri Sakes
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2:42pm Fri 11 Jan 13

heartthrob says...

Its going to be hard for people to break out of benefits if they have more and more discounts thrown their way.

Free bus travel this month, cheap fitness, you are going to need a pretty well paid job to make it worth your while going back to work.

People with time on their hands can do lots of very good exercise for free.
Its going to be hard for people to break out of benefits if they have more and more discounts thrown their way. Free bus travel this month, cheap fitness, you are going to need a pretty well paid job to make it worth your while going back to work. People with time on their hands can do lots of very good exercise for free. heartthrob
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2:56pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

Fercri Sakes wrote:
Does anybody know what what benefits you need to receive before you can get a discount?

Oh, and how much is the Tory government's shortfall in payments to the council this year?
Past stories about council tax etc include information about the government shortfall.

www.theargus.co.uk/n
ews/indepth/brighton
hovecounciltax/
[quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: Does anybody know what what benefits you need to receive before you can get a discount? Oh, and how much is the Tory government's shortfall in payments to the council this year?[/p][/quote]Past stories about council tax etc include information about the government shortfall. www.theargus.co.uk/n ews/indepth/brighton hovecounciltax/ Sarah Booker Lewis
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3:24pm Fri 11 Jan 13

NickBrt says...

How much have the greens increased accommodation charges at traveller sites? I wonder.......
How much have the greens increased accommodation charges at traveller sites? I wonder....... NickBrt
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3:47pm Fri 11 Jan 13

bogs says...

I suppose with the discount they can buy more track suit trousers and trainers, not to work out in, just to walk down North Street in!
I suppose with the discount they can buy more track suit trousers and trainers, not to work out in, just to walk down North Street in! bogs
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5:40pm Fri 11 Jan 13

MegA69 says...

Every day the same.... yesterday parking charges, today something else. BHCC is anti-business, anti-growth, anti-making Brighton and attractive place to come and spend money.
Every day the same.... yesterday parking charges, today something else. BHCC is anti-business, anti-growth, anti-making Brighton and attractive place to come and spend money. MegA69
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8:28pm Fri 11 Jan 13

bug eye says...

the full paying members will just join private clubs as they are cheap now and give a better service with a better clientelle, and the poor still wont use the council gyms because most people are lazy and do not exercise anyway, no matter how cheap the gym is food and utilities will come first. so a dramatically reduced income for the council, but they do not care as they will just add it onto parking or permits.

what is the incentive to work if you can get discounts if you dont, and actually there is nothing you can do in a gym that you cannot do at home or in the open air for free.

tourists are already put off by the renowned image brighton has for high parking charges and most will not use the train as they want to have the freedom to travel and bring luggage and shop. the oppositions failure to act will see them suffer too at the next election.
the full paying members will just join private clubs as they are cheap now and give a better service with a better clientelle, and the poor still wont use the council gyms because most people are lazy and do not exercise anyway, no matter how cheap the gym is food and utilities will come first. so a dramatically reduced income for the council, but they do not care as they will just add it onto parking or permits. what is the incentive to work if you can get discounts if you dont, and actually there is nothing you can do in a gym that you cannot do at home or in the open air for free. tourists are already put off by the renowned image brighton has for high parking charges and most will not use the train as they want to have the freedom to travel and bring luggage and shop. the oppositions failure to act will see them suffer too at the next election. bug eye
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11:05pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

If the council had not wasted a couple of million replacing a few million replacing a cycle lane with a slightly different lane on the Lewes road prices could have been kept low.
However, this council is self obsessed with its vanity projects and only help the toffs. The cycle lane is to encourage the city's non council tax paying out of town kids to use a bike while the locals can go to hell.
Also my membership to Freedom Leisure is now only a few quid less than a well known private sports club so I'm cancelling my membership this month as its unfair to expect me to pay the price for the councils financial mismanagement.
If the council had not wasted a couple of million replacing a few million replacing a cycle lane with a slightly different lane on the Lewes road prices could have been kept low. However, this council is self obsessed with its vanity projects and only help the toffs. The cycle lane is to encourage the city's non council tax paying out of town kids to use a bike while the locals can go to hell. Also my membership to Freedom Leisure is now only a few quid less than a well known private sports club so I'm cancelling my membership this month as its unfair to expect me to pay the price for the councils financial mismanagement. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:00am Sat 12 Jan 13

Dealing with idiots says...

The Greens are out of control. Help us start the process of legal removal and support our Vote of no confidence e petition

http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
ID=360&RPID=6193661&
HPID=6193661
The Greens are out of control. Help us start the process of legal removal and support our Vote of no confidence e petition http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6193661& HPID=6193661 Dealing with idiots
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12:39pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Fercri Sakes says...

Sarah Booker Lewis wrote:
Fercri Sakes wrote:
Does anybody know what what benefits you need to receive before you can get a discount?

Oh, and how much is the Tory government's shortfall in payments to the council this year?
Past stories about council tax etc include information about the government shortfall.

www.theargus.co.uk/n

ews/indepth/brighton

hovecounciltax/
Thanks!
[quote][p][bold]Sarah Booker Lewis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: Does anybody know what what benefits you need to receive before you can get a discount? Oh, and how much is the Tory government's shortfall in payments to the council this year?[/p][/quote]Past stories about council tax etc include information about the government shortfall. www.theargus.co.uk/n ews/indepth/brighton hovecounciltax/[/p][/quote]Thanks! Fercri Sakes
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