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Barrow leisure centre figures drop by thousands

THOUSANDS of people have stopped using a town centre leisure centre.

Figures revealed in a report to members of Barrow Borough Council’s executive committee, which meets today, show 120,977 people visited the Park Leisure Centre, in Barrow, up to the end of September compared to 141,549 in the same period for 2011.

Fees for the centre were increased in April along with swimming pool opening hours being cut by 13 hours a week.

Despite the footfall at the venue revenue at the centre has risen by four per cent from £304,967 up to the end of September 2011 to £318,118 at the same point this year.

Keith Johnson, assistant director of community services, at Barrow Borough Council, said the downturn in numbers is not just down to increased fees.

Last year the centre’s astroturf pitch was closed which cost hundreds of bookings while reduced swimming times have resulted in people swimming elsewhere.

Have your say

Amazing that people can be so ignorant as to make a discussion on local government spending personal. All this talk of the "powers that be" is ridiculous and cannot even be vaguely supported by fact. The PLC offers good value for many and costs are in line with other local council run facilities. Measures need to be taken to subsidise central government spending cuts. So perhaps instead of ill- founded speculation and the usual "bigwig" bashing, people could enter into an intelligent debate on the nature of spending cuts.

Posted by Onlooker on 18 November 2012 at 14:17

Re The Park Leisure Centre Management-on 16Th November 2012@11-30.
I entirely agree in what you say about some of the factually incorrect posts on the leisure centre.May I add that the majority of negative comments,in my opinion,emanate from people who are happy to sit behind a keyboard and snipe-without having the acumen to write a letter and have it published in our Evening Mail with their name and address as courage of their convictions!.

Posted by Ramon Harrison on 17 November 2012 at 20:07

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