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Coaching Highland in campaign against cuts

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Highland Council is looking to save millions of pounds

A growing number of council-funded organisations are campaigning against the threat of cuts being considered by their local authority backer.

Highland Council is seeking to save millions of pounds and has itself launched a public consultation on where cutbacks could be made in services.

Coaching Highland is the latest group to highlight the threats it faces.

The Inverness-based sports project said it was "nonsensical" to shut down a high performing initiative.

Arts body HI-Arts, which lists the council among its funders and partners, has also highlighted risks to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and the city's Floral Hall.

An article on the HI-Arts website, inviting views from the public on proposed cuts, warned that another project under threat from closure was Eden Court Theatre's Out of Eden Drama.

The arts body said new Doctor Who assistant Karen Gillan attended similar schemes run for youngsters by Eden Court when she lived in Inverness.

Entry fees

Coaching Highland, a limited company and registered charity, has warned of the risks it faces on its website.

An award-winning scheme, it provides funding to coaches and courses in child protection, first aid and diet and nutrition.

It has been proposed to withdraw two Highland Council staff who lead the project.

Coaching Highland said: "It would be nonsensical to effectively close down such a highly respected and highly achieving project which holds its own against national agencies."

A blog, set up by Highland Council as part of its public consultation on potential budget cuts, has invited views on closing pools, museums and libraries.

The blog, by budget leader David Alston, is contained in the local authority's website.

Other options to closing sites include transferring the ownership and management of some facilities to not-for-profit organisations, cutting opening hours and raising entry fees.



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