CHARGES: This is not better value

I am responding to your article '˜Same price structure for county leisure', (News Post Leader, October 27).

Friday, 4th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:08 pm

The management rationale behind the same price structure for leisure facilities across the county appears to be that such a structure is fairer.

However, this would only be fair if there was consistent provision across all venues.

As a regular user of Blyth Sports Centre I would not describe the facilities as “fantastic” or “state of the art”, nor have I seen any evidence that Blyth has benefitted from the £40m programme of improvements.

Indeed, equipment is often out of order and certain areas, such as the Sports Hall, are sometimes not even clean.

In addition, removing the Active Northumberland card has resulted in most ‘pay as you go’ classes having a price rise of 30 per cent, some even 60 per cent. How can this be fairer or better value when facilities have not improved?

In short, while I agree that different prices are unfair for similar provision, charging the same price for different provision is equally unfair.

The new pricing structure may be simpler to administer, it is certainly not fairer or better value for money.

Linda Wallace