Free parking at Angus Country Parks

31 Mar 2022 | News Story

Residents and visitors to Angus will be able to enjoy free car parking at all its country parks with immediate effect after the removal of car parking fees.

ANGUSalive, the culture, sport & leisure trust for Angus, undertakes a review of its charges every year and received approval this month (March 2022) from Angus Council for changes the trust is looking to make for the forthcoming financial year.

Under the review, most charges have been held for 2022/23 and no inflationary percentage increase has been applied for the fourth consecutive year. The last inflationary percentage increase was applied in 2018/19. 

The decision to remove car parking fees for Monikie and Crombie Country Parks was on the back of a comprehensive review of all charges at its Country Parks as well as the current cost of living crisis.

Iain Stevens, Senior Manager for Business Management and Development commenting on the removal of car parking charges said: “Customers were at the forefront of this decision with households currently facing a challenging economic climate due to coronavirus and the cost of living crisis.

“We understand that people who use our services choose to allocate a proportion of their discretionary spend on activities and events with us and the level of disposable income available within local communities has already been reduced. However the need for everyone to have the opportunity to stay healthy, active and creative is as important as ever.

“We hope that the removal of the car parking charges will allow more local people and visitors to enjoy outdoor activities at our country parks, particularly at a time of increased living costs.”

Sports pitches, sports and bACTIVE membership charges have remained unchanged. The cost of someone participating in a 30-minute adult group fitness class has reduced from £6 to £4. 

ANGUSalive’s popular swimming lesson programme Learn to Swim remains unchanged and offers excellent value with a weekly lesson and unlimited access to public swimming costing only £20 per month on the new Learn to Swim membership.

The Learn to Swim programme, which follows the Scottish Swimming National Framework, was changed in summer 2021 with the removal of school term lesson blocks and introduction of a rolling 50-week programme, with a guarantee of at least 46 weeks of lessons.

One-to-one swimming lessons carried out by ANGUSalive swim teachers (outwith the ANGUSalive Learn to Swim programme) have seen a slight increase from £10 to £12 (or £15 for non bACTIVE member).

Iain added: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to hold the majority of our charges with some being removed altogether and only a small number seeing any increase.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, around 60% of our income comes from donations, grants, and self-income generation through our memberships, ticket sales and venue hire. Any surplus made is reinvested back into our facilities to improve the experience for our visitors. An essential aspect of our ongoing recovery will be local residents and visitors to Angus participating in the range of activities we are able to offer right now. 

“In the coming weeks we’ll also have some exciting news to share on reinvestment plans in some of our spaces for this year. Meanwhile we invite you to join us, our team is ready to welcome you back!”

For full details of our charges visit www.angusalive.scot

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