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Private School Sports Hall not committing to public service quota

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Hi - I'm not sure if this is the right place to start, but we run a small, weekly toddler group in a sports hall that's owned by a Private School.

 

It's a modern hall and when it was built part of the remit was to provide a space for the local community, for things like toddler groups etc.

 

However, this term, they've *doubled* the money that they're asking us to contribute and we're unable to meet this financially. We've always had the impression that we're an inconvenience to them and suspect that this may be a tactic to get rid of us.

 

Is there anything we can do - can we challenge the increase in money legally? Where would I go to have a look at the original agreement that was made between the hall and, presumably - the council? Do we have a leg to stand on?

 

Many thanks,

M.

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You would need to look at the original consent and how that is worded. Obviously the school has to cover its costs but you should only pay pro-rata and not be funding anything other than you time and space. Is the toddler group run as a not-for profit-scheme or as a proprietorial enterprise, ie who organises and pays? If it is organised by a group then you may need to show a paper trail to show that you are actually the "community" to get any help from the council with enforcing any planning regulation.

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Hello there.

 

This forum is really meant for countryside matters.

 

Is that the crux of your enquiry or would you like to be moved to another forum please?

 

My best, HB


Illegitimi non carborundum

 

 

 

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Sorry HB - I couldn't find a relevant forum - but if you could move me to one that is - that would be greatly appreciated - in the meantime - thank you ericsbrother for your really useful reply.

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Hello again.

 

I'll move this to general consumer issues which is a busier forum and leave you a short term redirect from this forum.

 

We'll see how it goes from there, I'll keep an eye on how the thread's doing. :)

 

HB


Illegitimi non carborundum

 

 

 

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Have you tried speaking to the School about this matter and your concerns about the significant increase in contributions.

 

If you get no decent answers, than perhaps an approach to Local Councillors may be a useful influence.

 

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