The John o’Groat Journal recently reported on substantial increases in letting fees at municipal venues with the Highland region.
This would include Thurso High School in which community groups such as Caithness Disability Multi-Sport, which previously had not been billed for using the playing fields on Saturday during spring and summer despite not requiring access to the buildings. They now face letting fees of up to £17.25 per hour.
In other Council matters, an additional £60,000 of funding (from the Inverness Common Good Fund) has been agreed by officials for the upcoming Scotland Housing Expo in Inverness over the month of August.
This privately run commercial venture already has received some £3 millions of public money, despite having declined to offer free admission for children (hence the latest grant). Adult tickets will cost up to £9.
Assuming Councillors have not be so short-sighted that they did not allow themselves to reclaim at least some of the money from ticket sales, this could be a perfect way of offsetting the letting fees for organizations such as CDMS.
UPDATE – Proof, if proof were needed that Invernessians are revolting.
UPDATE II –
In shameless band-wagonning, I’ve created a Facebook group and would give Admin control to any local activist.