NO RISES? Leisure and sports charges could be pegged at current levels by North Lincolnshire Council
Sport and leisure users could be facing a year without having to pay any increase in fees to North Lincolnshire Council.
The authority reviews its scale of charges at this time of year. And the good news for sporty types and leisure centre lovers is there may be no rise from April 1.
The council runs facilities like the Pods in Scunthorpe and Ancholme Leisure Centre near Brigg, owns many sports grounds and oversees some golf courses.
A decision on charges for the 2013/14 financial year is to be made by Councillor Carl Sherwood (Brigg and Wolds), the cabinet member overseeing sport and leisure.
A report prepared by council officers for Councillor Sherwood declares: "We are proposing freezing fees and charges."
The officers highlight the results of the authority's own survey which show "value for money is becoming an issue" and that "recessionary factors" need to be considered.
Consultation revealed that 50 per cent of sports users and facility hirers are not prepared to pay more.
And the officers' report warns that charging too much could put off existing and potential customers, which having an adverse effect on income.
It adds: "Evidence shows that increasing participation can contribute towards reducing crime and improving health."
The 'scale of charges' decision is expected to be announced towards the end of this week.