Price freeze on student gym fees

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Local councillors have voted to freeze membership costs for the Zest Fitness student membership scheme at £26.

It was originally proposed that a one-month cash membership should cost £31, as opposed to the direct debit charge of £26, to encourage gym users to sign up for direct debit payments.

However, DUP Councillor Mandy Girvan, who Chair of the Leisure Committee, asked if there was a possibility that the cash charge could be kept at £26 until the uptake of the scheme was determined.

UUP Councillor John Scott noted that some banks do not offer direct debits for 16 year olds. He agreed that the programme should run for six months to “see how it goes.”

Members agreed to freeze the cash membership fee at £26 and to review the situation again in six months.