Councillors ‘call in’ decision to increase Fenland’s leisure centre fees
A ROW over the council’s decision to increase fees at Fenland’s leisure centres could lead to planned price hikes being scrapped.
Three councillors from Fenland District Council have asked for the price rise decision to be reviewed - and the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee is due to consider the matter on Monday.
Back in December, the council’s Cabinet adopted a range of price rises - including increasing the cost of swimming by 5.7 per cent, to �3.70 - but that decision flew in the face of advice from the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee who had wanted to freeze fees.
Nevertheless, the Cabinet was told by officers that leaving the fees unchanged would have a “negative financial impact” of around �30,000 on revenue estimates, and so they went along with proposed fee increases of between five and 6.7 per cent.
According to the council’s constitution, Monday’s meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee has three options.
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They can accept the original decision, refer the decision back to Cabinet for reconsideration, or refer the decision to full council.
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