Most prices frozen as Falkirk trust moves on

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Keeping prices down while telling people what they are doing is the aim of Falkirk Community Trust.

The leisure charity, which manages and runs a range of community sport, recreation, arts, heritage and library services on behalf of Falkirk Council, has revealed many of its charges will remain frozen, with any increases pegged at around three per cent.

It also announced an open meeting will be held next week to keep the public informed on its plans for the future.

Trust chairman Ian Scott said: “We’re pleased to be able to continue to deliver good value to our customers and, where possible, have avoided raising prices to ensure that our facilities remain accessible to people from all sections of the community.”

A trust spokeswoman said there will be no increase to holiday scheme charges, football permits or library fines, while gym prices will remain at their current rate until next January.

Entrance prices to the popular Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness will not be increased before October this year.

The popular free swim initiative for juniors during holiday periods will also continue.

All leisure centre charges will remain fixed until January 2014, with the exception being casual swims which will increase by 20p for adults and 10p for juniors.

The Gold/Silver/Bronze leisure memberships will be replaced by a swim membership and conditioning room membership, although existing members’ benefits will be honoured.

There will now be no charge for the use of floodlights when hiring the outdoor pitches and leisure cards will now be issued free.

Changes include:

- Adult badminton – up 2.8 per cent from £7.10 to £7.30.

- Polmonthill skiing instructions up 3.1 per cent from £12.75 to £13.15 per session.

- Putting up from £1.85 to £1.90.

- Crazy golf down by 18 per cent from £1.85 to £1.50.

- Hall, Grangemouth stadium and Callendar House hire up three per cent.

- Golf season tickets up three per cent but juvenile tickets held.

- Football instruction up by 0.4 per cent to £2.80 per session.

- Mini gyms up by 2.7 per cent.

Chief executive Maureen Campbell has previously said it was the trust’s intention to make any changes to charges more seasonal rather than a blanket increase on April 1 as was previously carried out by the council.

The community trust was set up in July 2011 and this Monday will host its first open public meeting in Callendar House. Officials intend to hold these twice a year.

There will be refreshments from 6.45 p.m. before Mr Scott welcomes everyone. This will be followed by presentations from Ms Campbell and general manager Neil Brown, followed by open questions.