Basildon councillors have decided to freeze charges on community centres and hall uses over the next year.
Charges associated with these facilities include community activities, school clubs and youth groups among others.
The matter was unanimously agreed by councillors at Thursday’s Communities and Wellbeing Committee.
Chairman of the Committee, Councillor Terri Sargent, said: “As local groups and residents return to activities following a very difficult year, the proposal to freeze charges over the next year was one I strongly supported. We want to encourage everyone back into our facilities and freezing charges was the best option.
“The more varied uses our community centres provide means a wide reach of residents will benefit from the freeze in charges. I’m glad our committee has agreed on the right decision.”
Amendments were made to the council’s budget during the Policy and Resources Committee meeting on June 15, which means that the freezing of charges will come at net nil cost to the council.