Shetland Recreational Trust is to increases prices at its eight leisure centres by an average of five per cent from 1st April next year.
Trustees decided at a recent meeting to approve the new pricing structure, which general manager James Johnston said was broadly in line with the Scottish national average. He said there had been some anomalies, such as the freezing of charges for hiring lanes at Clickimin’s swimming pool following complaints from users. In that particular case, he said, more detailed investigation of pricing arrangements would be done over the next 12 months.
Those using direct debit to pay subscription charges will find the price “roughly the same” thanks to a reduced administration charge for the trust. But the average five per cent increase is well above the rate of inflation at a time when the SRT is trying to deal with the effects of some substantial cuts imposed by its funding body Shetland Charitable Trust and in anticipation of further cuts when its budget for 2010/11 is set early next year.
Meanwhile, the former Horizons Cafe at Clickimin is on target to reopen as a franchise run by Great Wall owners Alan and Natalie Ho on or around Monday 11th January.