LETTER: Users ought to pay for the PRSA

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I am extremely concerned both as a resident of Boston and a council tax payer that Boston Borough Council has seen fit to continue to subsidise the membership of the few that use the Princess Royal Sports Arena, this year to a further tune of £88,000.

If Coun Gunter won’t close it because a lot of people use it, maybe it should be those who do use it that pay a price for their leisure activities and make the project cost neutral and not keep asking the council tax payer to keep footing the bill.

So far the Princess Royal Sports Arena has cost £6.25 million, and the council has agreed to once again cover their annual repairs.

Iisn’t it time to just draw a line and say we cannot afford it?

Where is the Conservative ideal of ‘value for money’ in continuing to support this white elephant?

If ‘a lot of people use it’ let’s have the figures... is it 100 people per week or 1,000?

At an extra cost to the tax payer of £1,692 per week are we subsidising each person £16 or £1.60?

In an age of austerity why should the poor rate payers who cut their coats according to their cloth, provide premier health spa facilities for the rich?

The PRSA offers corporate membership packages at a discounted rate so your tax is providing subsidises to employees of various organisations.

A local privately owned gym charges £40 per month for just the gym facilities and David Lloyd charges £65 per month for off-peak membership, the PRSA charges £39.50 per month for the full package, gym, pool and hydro-suite. Isn’t it time that the lucky few who can afford this kind of leisure activity pay the full rate, rather than rely on those who are struggling to make ends meet and still pay their council tax bill?

On a final note why didn’t the original lease contain a repair clause which is common now in most commercial leases, so the company pays the bill for maintenance and repair?

Robert Lauberts

Boston