THE manager of Tudor Grange Leisure Centre has defended a decision to charge peak rates for swimming sessions during the school holidays.
Centre manager Simon James was keen to stress this week that the centre had not increased its charges after a regular swimmer at the centre described the inflated prices during the summer break as ‘outrageous.’
“We have not increased the charges - prices are decided annually and agreed by the council,” he said.
“We are simply charging peak rates because the summer holidays is peak time for us. There are more people using the baths, therefore we need more staff and more lifeguards to man the pool. This applies to all school holidays.”
Swimmers are charged £4.10 per session during peak time and £3 off peak.
But Brian Buckley, from Shirley, maintains the charges are unfair.
“I think this an outrageous rip-off for all bath users, especially parents taking children in the school break. I will not be going back until after the school holidays,” he said.