Sport Aberdeen raises concern over business rates recommendation
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.”