More than 170 free leisure vouchers for activities were used by residents in Tendring during the first week of issue.

Around 70,000 vouchers are on their way to every Council Tax paying household across the District.

The first homes have received them – along with a free parking permit for Tendring District Council (TDC) run car parks for the third consecutive year.

So far 171 vouchers have been taken up at TDC leisure facilities and they can be used in Clacton, Brightlingsea, Frinton/Walton, Dovercourt, Harwich or Manningtree.

They allow free use at a chosen site and can be used by any member of the family.

Adults have used 108 for swimming; 22 for classes; 14 in the gym; 10 for badminton and 8 in the health suite.

Children used 6 for swimming; 1 for a class; 1 for badminton and one for a holiday activity.

Mick Page, Leader of TDC who introduced the idea, said he is delighted with the initial uptake.

“If this is what happens in the first week and after only a small proportion have been delivered then it bodes well,” he said.

“Hopefully some of these people have never been to our leisure facilities before and now they have tried them out they may wish to become a regular user.

“The idea is a free session for those who already go to our sites and to also encourage new people to take up an activity to help improve their health and well-being.”

The parking permits will be valid until March 31, 2015 and can be used at all the Council’s public car parks except those at the Naze at Walton and Holland Haven from 11am each day.

“I would suggest residents look out for their voucher and permit over the coming days and the make the most of them,” he added.

(Story from Tendring Council)

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