THE company behind several Herefordshire gyms and swimming pools is hiking prices as its energy bills soar.

Halo Leisure, which runs leisure centres across the county in partnership with Herefordshire Council, said it had tried to hold off putting prices up for as long as it could.

In an email to customers who pay for memberships via direct debit, Halo Leisure said it was under huge pressure with energy bills more than doubling – despite Government help.

As such, it said its prices were going up.


It said: "This year, we have been experiencing significant cost pressures but have held back for as long as possible to protect our customers from a price increase.

"Heating and lighting leisure centres is not cheap and we’ve already been absorbing significant utility increases at some centres.

"Even with the business price cap in place, we’re expecting our overall energy bill to increase by 250 per cent in 2023."

The company runs eight different centres in Herefordshire including Hereford Leisure Pool in St Martins Avenue, Ledbury Swimming Pool in Lawnside Road and Lady Hawkins' Community Leisure Centre in Kington's Church Road.


The registered charity, which has its headquarters in Leominster, said in the email to customers: "Thank you for choosing to use your local Halo leisure centre.

"You’re investing in your local community; there are no shareholders getting rich because Halo is a not-for-profit, registered charity.

"Through Halo’s concessionary and access schemes, thousands of people every year are supported to get and stay active – a massive benefit for our communities."

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