Review of pitch charges is fair for all

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Published Date: 

17 Feb 2015 - 11:33

Fifty percent discount for under 17s, VAT exemptions for advance block bookings for ten or more sessions and floodlights and changing rooms all included in the cost; Argyll and Bute Council’s review of pitch charges ensures fair and equal access for everyone.

The common charging policy for the six full size all weather pitch sites will be phased in during 2015/19, and will be managed through a recently introduced booking system already in use for leisure centres, pools and halls.

The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “Following this review pitch charges in Argyll and Bute will remain among the lowest in Scotland.

“The council is providing as many opportunities as possible to make sure that everyone can be as healthy and active as possible. Communities need a range of leisure and learning opportunities so that everyone, no matter what their age, ability or interest, has the means to pursue physical activity.

“It is only right and fair that a policy should be introduced to ensure all parts of Argyll and Bute have the same charge for the hire of synthetic pitches. To give clubs and individuals time to adjust to the new charges, we have arranged a phased approach over four years.”

The proposed new charging policy would consistently offer a 50% discount for under 17’s; VAT exemptions on advance block bookings of 10 or more sessions; and changing facilities and floodlights included the price.

The new policy will mean that in 2015/16, the cost of a junior session in a multiple booking should not increase at any site. By 2018/19, the maximum cost increase for a junior based on 22 players using a full size pitch would be 55 pence.

The full report with charging details can be found at