There has s been a U-turn over controversial charges for the Brunton Hall in Musselburgh following protests from charities and voluntary groups.
The hike in hire fees was imposed by East Lothian Council in November last year after a £4 million revamp of the town centre building.
In the outcry that followed, the Labour-led administration was accused of squeezing charities in a bid to recoup its investment.
A decision by the council to reduce the discount applied to voluntary groups from 50 per cent to 20 per cent was quickly rescinded amid claims that the community had been priced out of its own hall.
At a full council meeting in Haddington on Tuesday, members agreed to introduce a “basic community and voluntary group rate”.
The bar servery area is also to be redesigned at a cost of £5,000 to enable teas and coffees to be provided by local groups for their own events.
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