Room hire discounts could be cut

It looks as if a discretionary ten per cent discount offered to local clubs and societies hiring town council rooms in Uckfield is to be discontinued.

A recommendation that all clubs and societies be charged a single, non-commercial, rate is to go before members of the town council's general purposes committee tonight.

An officer's report says that seven Uckfield groups currently receive the discount. They include U3A (six classes and the main monthly meeting), Uckfield and District Fine Art Society, Uckfield Bonfire Society, Uckfield Women's Institute, Uckfield Horticultural Society, Uckfield Natural History and The Millennium Green.

Five other groups do not receive the discount. They are Uckfield Local History, Phoenix Club, Kings Church, Uckfield Railway Club and the Twinning Association.

The report says the pricing structure can cause confusion when quoting charges and invoicing. 'It appears well-established groups, historically, receive the discount and newer groups do not.

'The non-commercial rate is competitive and good value and to avoid confusion all clubs and societies should be charged the flat rate.'

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