On November 1, the leisure centre at Morpeth started penalising recovering heart patients by increasing the fee for Health Start and Health Quest sessions by fractionally under 65 per cent, from £3.40 to £5.60.
Following a heart operation in November 2014, I have attended these cardiac rehabilitation sessions twice a week for approximately 18 months, and after a referral from my GP have found them very helpful.
I, and many others, are now faced with paying an addition £4.40 a week, which I think is totally and unnecessarily excessive.
There may well be some reductions for ‘season’ tickets, but bearing in mind that even season ticket holders cannot attend every session due to holidays or other personal reasons, the price per session still remains high.
A price increase in line with inflation, or of 10 per cent, or even 15 per cent, might have been acceptable, but the leisure centre now appears to be being plain greedy.
How many times nationally have we been told that the population needs to become a little fitter?
Discriminatory price increases of this unaffordable magnitude do not exactly encourage people to come in and keep fit.