Consultations

Community Facility and Civic Spaces Pricing Policy Consultation

Overview

The purpose of this policy is to provide an appropriate pricing framework for the community facilities and civic spaces that will ensure services are accessible and affordable to all our citizens.

Contact

For further information contact Catherine Black at T: 0300 1245 000, option 1 for Ballymena local offices or email your responses to E: catherine.black@midandeastantrim.gov.uk


Key Dates

open for consultation

From Tuesday 15 May 2018 to Friday 6 July 2018


Additional Information

In summary;

  • to make sure charges are fair and even-handed and support the Council’s objective to promote equality of opportunity;
  • to operate a list of charges for facilities that helps council to recover a reasonable share of the expenditure, so to avoid an excessive burden on ratepayers;
  • to make sure that such charges, where relevant, are competitive within the context of existing market conditions;
  • to increase the number of people using the community facilities and civic spaces, so to contribute to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of our residents;
  • to recognise Council’s social responsibility through a pricing policy that will assist access to community facilities and civic spaces for the benefit of the community;
  • to make sure reduced rates are applied consistently throughout the Borough.

Six public consultations sessions, were held across the borough throughout May. These were well attended and lots of views were shared.

Officers continue to meet with groups and are happy to speak with any group or individual who wishes to make comment.

So there is still time to have your say, there are no decisions taken at this stage and all comments and feedback will be considered and the policy reviewed after the consultation closes on 6 July 2018.

When consulting on the policy we have asked people to consider and respond to the following questions.

  • Do you think this policy will help council achieve its aim of “services/facilities are accessible and affordable to all our citizens”? If not why not?
  • Do you agree that the standard rates assist in making facilities accessible and affordable? If not why not?
  • Do you agree that commercial bookings should pay three times the standard rate? If not why not?
  • Do you agree with the concessionary rate being targeted at those working with or for older people and people with disabilities? If not why not?
  • Is there anything you think we have missed addressing in the policy?