Price is hall too much
Hall bookings miss target
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