Calvin Harris: One KissiTunesAmazon

No more 'free' swimming at Craven Leisure

swimming pool

2:54pm 8th March 2018

Access gates are set to be installed at Craven Leisure to stop people using the swimming pool for free.

It is thought hundreds of people every year use the centre without paying, costing the council thousands of pounds.

The new access gates, costing around £11,000, will be installed during the second week of March, and will guard access to the pool changing rooms, dance studio, female fitness change and the small pool balcony.

Lloyd Hancox, Leisure Services Manager at Craven District Council, said:

“We know there are a number of customers who don’t feel they should pay for their activities. This is unfair on the vast majority of customers who do pay. It’s also important that we know who is accessing the building and how many people are on site at any time.

“This new system should also speed up access to the facility for people who pre-book and pay for their activities e.g. exercise classes and spin classes, and have membership cards, casual leisure cards or swimming lesson cards as they will be able to go through the gate without having to wait at reception.

“We are encouraging any casual users of the centre to sign up for a free casual leisure card, as this will make it easier for them to pay and enter.”

Centre members will be able to scan their cards at the gates, speeding up access to classes, while parents and children attending for swimming lessons will be able to use their scan cards which will allow one child and one parent/carer to access the turnstile at the same time. Parents/carers that wish to swim will still need to pay and obtain a wristband which is also being introduced as part of this project.

Casual centre users can sign up for a free casual membership card, which will give access to the pool once they have paid at reception.

Alternatively, casual users will be given a temporary card that will give access to the pool for up to two hours. There will also be a disabled access gate.

For groups attending classes such as Kumon or karate in the dance studio arrangements will be put in place with each club to allow ease of access.

The council estimates that installing the gates will save £3,480 per year.

More news from across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Breaking local news for Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale direct to your mobile from Stray FM

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
moor fire near beckwithshaw

Fire crews tackle Sutton-in-Craven moor fire

Around 300 metres of grassland caught fire

Carers Resource

Week of action to help Harrogate and Craven's "hidden" carers

Charity Carers' Resource is raising awareness.

Most read
Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks

PICTURES: Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks

Investigation into damage at North Yorkshire beauty spot.

Newer article

Further investigation into fatal A61 collision

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Police have issued more information about last night's collision near Thirsk.

Top articles

Former North Yorkshire MP says cannabis should be legalised

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Lord Hague says it's "deluded" to think it can be "driven off the streets".

Debenhams issues new profit alert as trading remains tough

National: Debenhams has issued a fresh profit warning, admitting sales are falling short of already lowered expectations amid the crisis facing the high street.

Singles 'more at risk of heart disease than married couples', study finds

World: Married people are less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those who are single, according to new research.

Harry Kane frustrated not to be given penalty in England World Cup win over Tunisia

Sport: England match-winner Harry Kane has admitted he was frustrated by the officials during <a href=''>England's 2-1 World Cup win over Tunisia</a>.

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

Showbiz: Rapper XXXTentacion has been shot dead in south Florida.

Top 10 scams involving elderly people

Business: Local people are vulnerable and and it's important to know what to look out for.

Why local parents are hiring nannies

Education: Perfect for the school holidays.

Hundreds of students run to support cancer sufferers

Family: The pupils at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate ran a 5km Race for Life, in an event that started as a means of support for one student.

Causing a splash with Waterloo!

70s On This Day: It was the day ABBA released this album in the UK

Harrogate Hospice's sculpture tribute for loved-ones

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A new sculpture will pay a lasting tribute to loved-ones at Harrogate's Spring Flower Show.

Unique Sixth Form Experience

Education: A staggering 92% of pupils from St Aidan's and St John Fisher's Associated Sixth Form gained places at their first or second choice institution.

Vote for your favourite Yorkshire pub

Food and Drink: It's tie for the 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire's annual competition.

Top 10 scams involving elderly people

Business: Local people are vulnerable and and it's important to know what to look out for.

POISONED: Red kite found dead near Knaresborough

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Police have received confirmation of the poisoning.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.


Love Island...

Trending in Yorkshire

Former North Yorkshire MP says cannabis should be legalised

Lord Hague says it's "deluded" to think it can be "driven off the streets".

Otley residents asked for views on flood prevention

An event is taking place this Thursday when members of the public can have their say on a range of options.

RMT claim taxpayers footing bill for Northern strike

The union says they've found a clause in the franchise agreement saying the government can reimburse the company for any losses.

Man tries to mug woman in Harrogate

It happened as the 34 year old victim was walking down Duchy Avenue yesterday morning.

More news...