Sport Aberdeen raises con­cern over busi­ness rates rec­om­men­da­tion

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THE man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sport Aberdeen has said he is “dis­heart­ened” and “alarmed” by the out­come of a widerang­ing busi­ness rates re­view.

The Bar­clay Re­view rec­om­mended that arm’s-length coun­cil bod­ies, such as Sport Aberdeen, should pay busi­ness rates on their prop­er­ties.

In re­cent years, coun­cils have cre­ated the bod­ies to man­age fa­cil­i­ties, as they can be reg­is­tered as char­i­ties and pre­vent hard-pressed lo­cal au­thor­i­ties from pay­ing money on busi­ness rates and other taxes. Last year, the coun­cil slashed fund­ing to Sport Aberdeen by more than £400,000, lead­ing to the clo­sure of two swim­ming pools. Sport Aberdeen man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alis­tair Robert­son, pic­tured, said: “I was dis­heart­ened and, in some cases, alarmed by some of the state­ments con­tained in the re­port.

“If sup­ported, the im­pli­ca­tions of this rec­om­men­da­tion would un­doubt­edly have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the scope and scale of ser­vices pro­vided by leisure trusts.”

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