MULTI-million-pound investment in two Isle of Wight leisure centres has paid off, with a big increase in membership.
In total, at The Heights, Sandown, and Westridge Leisure Centre, Ryde, membership increased from 1,225 to 1,947 — almost 60 per cent since the new-look facilities were opened.
The Heights recently completed the first phase of a two-phase multi-million-pound refurbishment and Westridge has a new Tone Zone gym and an additional squash court.
Casual use of gym facilities at both centres has also doubled.
Isle of Wight Council deputy director for economy and environment John Metcalfe said: "One of the council’s aims is to help improve the health and well-being of the Island’s population and providing top quality accessible leisure facilities is one way of helping to achieve this.
"It is very pleasing to see the public embracing the new facilities at Westridge and The Heights and I am sure the number of memberships will increase even more once the first phase of refurbishment at Medina Leisure Centre is completed in the next few months.
"A second phase of refurbishment is under way at The Heights, which includes upgrading the health suite. In total, the council has allocated £7 million for the leisure facilities project."
The Heights has a new 70-station gym and Westridge 40-station facilities.
Both were established by Pulse Fitness, one of the country’s largest fitness providers.