Published 29 May 2018

A new charging structure is being introduced for Clydebank Town Hall to help reduce annual losses at the building of approximately £300,000 a year.

The new scheme of charges, which leaves the current wedding package untouched, will see other booking rates rise by 25%, equivalent to a £6 increase for the smallest room and £18 rise for the Grand Hall, which can accommodate up to 300 people.

Councillors at the Cultural Committee also approved charges for space within the Council’s new offices at 16 Church Street, Dumbarton, which are comparable with the Town Hall.

A new discount scheme is being introduced at both venues which will offer a 25% discount to community groups and charities for bookings during normal operating hours of the buildings. Groups will also be signposted to access funding for running costs available from local organisations. Lower cost room hire rates are available at the various venues operated by WD Leisure, and free room bookings are on offer at several Council libraries.

Bailie Denis Agnew, Convener of the Cultural Committee, said: “The Town Hall is costing hundreds of thousands of pounds more to run every year than was being brought in from events. Steps had to be taken to address the deficit, which would have amounted to  £1.2million over five years.  This new charging structure, and the additional improvements being introduced by the Council will help to ensure the building is sustainable for the future. This is in everyone’s interests as the Town Hall is one of the jewels.in our crown.”