Live Active Leisure Budget Implications
Live Active Leisure (LAL) delivers a wide range of sport, leisure and physical activity opportunities and venues to communities across Perth and Kinross and like many other organisations, faces significant challenges resulting from the very difficult economic climate.
Despite this challenge, great success has been achieved by attracting greatly increased customer numbers over the past 5 year period but even with this success, Live Active Leisure is not immune from the impacts of the challenging economic climate.
The ‘not for profit’ organisation has received final confirmation of a reduction in its contract fee with Perth and Kinross Council which, alongside costs associated with the upkeep and operation of venues, sees changes to some of the current operating arrangements being required.
In response, LAL has in partnership with PKC, identified a number of measures which minimise impact to customers as much as possible, but achieve the required savings.
One aspect of the review focussed on levels of provision where lowest demand is recorded as this enables resources to be utilised where maximum demand, benefit and uptake is evident within communities. Changes to service provision will therefore be rolled-out in the coming months. They are as follows:
- The introduction of a greater ‘self-management’ model for the operation of Community Halls from 1 July.
- Changing opening hours at Perth Leisure Pool on a Sunday with closure being at 5pm with effect from 5 July.
- The Community School of Auchterarder will operate for clubs and regular sporting bookings. The low demand for casual use will see casual ‘Pay and Play’ access to the sports facilities discontinued and gym access withdrawn from 20 April. Summer operating hours will be applied all year round and with immediate effect.
Going forward, LAL will keep reviewing aspects of services as it continues to focus available resources where greatest impact and community benefit can be realised.
Additionally, the year ahead will see only a number of selective increases in charges rather than ‘across the board’ as LAL seeks to continue to ensure great value for money. From 1st May 2015, only a 10p increase will be applied in sports hall charges whilst fitness classes and gyms and other similar activities will rise by 50p and there will be a 10% increase in the cost of term-time and holiday activities for pre-school and school aged children including swimming lessons. Crèche, peak curling rates, personal fitness and adult swim lessons charges will complete the activities that will see an increase.
However, we are delighted to confirm that there are a large number of charges which will not be increasing for the next 12 months at least.
All casual swimming will again stay at the same price; meaning off-peak swimming for families in Perth and Kinross will have stayed the same for over 10 years – an achievement which we are delighted to have been able to commit to across all LAL swimming pool venues. In addition, our Fitness membership price will be ‘frozen’ for the third year running, offering our thousands of member’s even better value. We also continue to support the development of sport more generally by ‘freezing’ the price of outdoor pitches and club sports hall hire.
Live Active Leisure has started communicating with all stakeholders impacted by these changes and will continue to do so over the coming days and weeks and despite these challenging issues, remain committed to providing excellent sport, leisure and physical activity facilities and services for the people of Perth and Kinross.