Jules wrote:I'm afraid I don't have the answer as to how to ensure that CTs income doesn't drop. I don't have enough information about the centre to be able to offer any informed ideas of generating revenue from other avenues, but there will be ways (I was told today that in excess of 40,000 people visit the centre each year who never get on the water, and currently they contribute nothing more than what they spend in the cafe!) and the centre will not close, or scale down, or fall into disrepair. It is a well run business and, like all well run businesses, it will adapt to change and continue.
That's ok, as far as I understand, CT hiked the rent on the running of the cafe for the very original and longest members of the Afon Tryweryn centre staffing, so much so that they retired for the centre to now rent out the cafe 'internally' to at a better rate and with direct income thus cashing directly in on the 40,000 non water users!!
A real shame since they were around at the time when 99% of paddlers will have never remembered or seen the centre - with the original portcabins / trailers and not much more. Sure I am sure people will remark that those cafe owners were grumpy, wouldn't you be under the pressure of your lease being harder and harder to fulfill financially and contractually!
However despite my opinions the past and present staff have and do ensure fantastic world class facilities that need funding somehow and represent the leading edge in whitewater activities in the UK, Gorman, Oz, Skinny, Gez, as with past staff of Loel, Lee, Timms and those before have phenominal worldwide experience and that does come at a cost, along with running a world class facility day to day!
Really though, changing the title of why the charge is there, is that really going to satisfy everyone, crap!
This is a hard topic that I do not know the answer to!