Price is hall too much

Hall book­ings miss tar­get

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Gary Fan­ning

The SNP have de­manded an­swers over why school and com­mu­nity hall lets have missed last year’s tar­gets.

C o u n c i l l o r Tom John­ston, the SNP’s ed­u­ca­tion spokesman, hit out dur­ing an ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing.

A com­mit­tee re­port re­vealed that the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment’s to­tal num­ber of com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity book­ings for 2015-16 was 60,890, which is 8215 short of the set year’s tar­get of 69,105.

The to­tal of book­ings in schools was 43,412, 4972 short of the tar­get of 48,348.

At last week’s ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing Coun­cil­lor John­ston said: “The rea­sons given for fail­ure to meet the tar­get ap­pear only to cover a very lim­ited por­tion of the to­tal per­for­mance gap.

“The coun­cil are 13,187 lets short of tar­get.

“This is an 11 per cent short­fall.

“My real con­cern is that the fail­ure to reach tar­get may be due to school and coun­cil hall lets be­com­ing too ex­pen­sive for hard­pressed vol­un­tary clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions. “Can we have a full an­swer on this rental as­pect?”

Coun­cil­lor John­ston said ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials had agreed to get a full re­sponse to him.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Many of these are to do with build­ings be­ing tem­po­rar­ily closed for a few weeks to al­low for re­pairs or re­fur­bish­ments.

“One of the prop­er­ties had been de­mol­ished and one trans­ferred to NLL. Our per­for­mance tar­gets were never ad­justed for the trans­fer of St Am­brose to NLL, de­mo­li­tion of Abron­hill High, closure of Brae­head, trans­fer of Janet Hamil­ton or Glen­boig Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to NLL.

“The price in­crease of 5 per cent hasn’t taken ef­fect dur­ing the pe­riod that the stats were listed.

“The num­ber of book­ings for the first quar­ter of this year (AprilJune) is above tar­get at 15,180. The Q1 tar­get is 14,750.”

Con­cerned Tom John­ston

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