Following a review of existing hire charges the Foundation Trust Management Committee considered it necessary to raise hire charges in 2011 in order to meet rising costs since the last increases in 2003 and 2007.
Being ever mindful of the difficulties facing approved registered charities today a reassessment of the charges made to them is included in the tariff of hire charges.
Whilst every effort is being made to keep overheads low the Management Committee cannot absorb the increases being levied by gas and electricity suppliers and the rising costs of general day to day maintenance.
As part of the recent refurbishment, it was conditional on the various grants received, to utilise some of the Foundation Trusts reserve funds to meet the overall costs of the improvements.
The Committee has therefore recommended that the reserves are reinstated to their original level, to meet any unforeseen maintenance on this ageing property, within the next 2 / 3 years.
The Management Committee are extremely pleased with the results of the refurbishment work, and also with comments received from existing and prospective hirers to the improvements, made by upgrading this eighteenth century building to twenty-first century requirements.
The Management Committee are pleased to say that they have kept hire fees at the same rate since 2011.