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Free swimming for toddlers set to continue as West Norfolk leisure centres announce new prices

PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 April 2018

The Oasis at Hunstanton. Picture; John Hocknell

The Oasis at Hunstanton. Picture; John Hocknell

Revised charges at a group of West Norfolk leisure centres go live from Monday.

Alive Leisure is bringing in new prices for activities at its centres in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton.

Documents sent to edp24 prior to the changes being officially announced stated that parents would be charged £2 for children aged between one and three, while adult swimmers would pay £6.50.

But the new brochure states swimming remains free for children aged under-three, while junior swim will cost £3 at St James’s Pool and Alive Downham Leisure, and £4.65 at the Alive Oasis, in Hunstanton. Junior swimming charges will be extended from under-16s to under-19s under the new structure.

Over-19s will pay £4.99 to swim at St James’s Pool and Alive Downham Leisure, and £5.99 to swim at the Alive Oasis.

Hunstanton's Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre. Picture: Ian BurtHunstanton's Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

In a statement announcing the changes the charitable trust, which took over West Norfolk council’s sports facilities in 2014, was introducing “a simplified pricing matrix” to “ease the customer experience for online bookings”.

“As a charity it is important we scrutinise every part of our business and encourage local residents to have an ongoing healthy, active lifestyle,” it said.

Memberships in Lynnsport, St James Pool, the Oasis at Hunstanton and Downham Leisure will decrease, with monthly prices for adults aged 19 and over set at £25 for one activity, £35 for two and £39 for all-inclusive.

Alive is introducing an all-inclusive family membership for three people at £90 a month and buddy membership for minimum of two people at £70 a month. Start-up fees will be reduced from £50 to £20 and be removed completely for junior membership.

Alive Leisure will launch its new fees and charges and a new website on April 9. Picture: Ian BurtAlive Leisure will launch its new fees and charges and a new website on April 9. Picture: Ian Burt

Alive Card members will be paying a little extra for their exclusive benefits, with prices increasing to £26 for adults, £10 for concession and junior and £5 for junior concession.

Concession offers will extend to all activities but the senior eligibility age will increase from 60 to 65.

For more information, go online to www.aliveleisure.co.uk from Monday, April 9.

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