Anger over school lets proposals in Highland

People Committee chairman Alasdair Christie.
People Committee chairman Alasdair Christie.

Councillors say that proposals to increase charges for community groups using schools could be a disaster for sport in the Highlands.

Highland Council wants to standardise provision and charges across the region.

Chairman of the education, children and adult services committee, Councillor Alasdair Christie said there were anomalies between different areas.

It is also intended to phase out free lets.

Mr Christie agreed that a proposal to start the phasing out of free lets from April should be removed from the recommendations before councillors.

This was after councillors, including those in Thurso, raised angry concerns about the move.

Referring to Shetland teenager Erraid Davies, who won Commonwealth bronze, Councillor John Rosie said that she might not have been so successful if she lived in the Highlands.

He said: This could be a disaster for sport in Highland. Some young people will walk away and be lost from sport.”

A working group will now be set up to look at how school lets should be arranged.