Falkirk Community Trust to deliver £12.6 million service

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The charity delivering leisure facilities in and around Bo’ness has been given more than £13 million of support for the next financial year.

Falkirk Council has agreed to support Falkirk Community Trust, allocating it more than £12.6 million to help deliver services.

The council – which set up the charity in 2011 – has also increased the amount the Trust can borrow to £1 million. This is expected to release extra investment in facilities to provide a better customer experience.

Councillors heard the money was allocated against a backdrop of cuts facing the council.

Plans for next year include a modest three per cent rise in all fees and charges and the budget for library books will fall. Admission to the Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness will rise from £6.30 to £6.50 in October this year.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s leisure spokesman, said: “These are very difficult times for the council and for the partners we fund, like the Community Trust. The Trust delivers a range of much-loved services across the district and our joint priority has been to keep these operating.’’

Ian Scott, Falkirk Community Trust chairman, said: “We are delighted Falkirk Council has approved the business plan and budget for the coming financial year.

“The best way to protect our sports, libraries, parks, arts and heritage activities is to use them to the maximum.”