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22nd April 2010

SKSC delighted with Council's new pitch hire charges Share

South Kintyre Sports Council are delighted with the news that the recent new charges on pitch hires implemented with effect from 1st April 2010 by Argyll & Bute Council have been reviewed with the local authority putting together a new scale of charges.

There was outcry by sports clubs throughout Argyll recently when the new pitch hires prices were announced which resulted in clubs paying £60 per pitch hire – a 90% increase on the 2009/10 hire price.

An official directive from the Council this week has advised area offices and sports clubs on the new prices as follows;

  • If a club book a pitch, requesting it lined and the changing room facilities (where an attendant is required to open and close and also clean out the facility), the charge is £60.00.
  • If a club wish to book a pitch, requesting the pitch to be lined and do not require the changing facilities, or in the case of Campbeltown/Rothesay the club lease or use the changing room facilities provided by another group, the charge for the pitch would be at the concession rate of £30.00.
  • If a club book a pitch, requesting the pitch does not require to be lined and do not require any changing facilities, this can be charged at the training rate of £15.00.

A spokesperson for the Sports Council said “We are delighted the Council has listened to the concerns of our member clubs and reviewed their charges accordingly.  As soon as the new prices were made public we wrote to the Council raising our concerns and highlighted that Campbeltown did not enjoy the luxury of council owned changing facilities and a council attendant/grounds man who opened changing rooms and put up nets.  We spoke to Argyll & Bute Council and the Council leader Dick Walsh last week to again raise our concerns.  We highlighted the detrimental effect the charges would have on to youth football (CDJFA) and our amateur teams who play in the Scottish Amateur Football League.  Teams in the Campbeltown and District Amateur Football League were also contemplating playing their games outside Campbeltown to avoid the increases.  We want to promote sport in Argyll and if we want to see the introduction of the likes of shinty and rugby again in Campbeltown, clubs need to be able to afford the cost of hires.

The fact that we have no All Weather Pitch means grass parks are fundamental to the development of sport in our area.  We will continue to work with the local council officers to ensure our facilities continually improve.  The Council have confirmed they are looking at the purchase of portable goals for the Meadows to ensure pitches are maintained.” 

Argyll & Bute Council stated  “It is important however, that clubs recognise the importance of sensible use of pitches.  Given that clubs can now hire a pitch for £15 clubs should ensure they book the park if they wish to train on the actual pitch.  Alternatively there are plenty of areas on both the Meadows and Kinloch Green that can be used for training which does not damage the pitches.  Clubs who leave litter on or around the pitches following their hire will be subjected to a ban on future hires as the mess following some games is terrible”

South Kintyre Sports Council added “By this we all ensure the parks are properly managed and also allows our sporting community to make stronger arguments on improvements based on the usage.”



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