Coldingham hostel in Scotland is closing:
An announcement last week by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association named the hostel at Coldingham Sands as one of a number of centres nationwide that will have to shut their doors.
Coldingham Youth Hostel is one of seven across Scotland that will have to close its doors as part of a cost cutting exercise by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association.
Results of an ongoing network review has shown that funds required to improve and maintain these hostels to a minimum acceptable standard cannot be justified.
The closure of these and five other hostels within the network is one of a series of recommendations that aim to reduce fixed running costs and increase income to enable sufficient investment in the Scottish Youth Hostel network to provide accommodation and services that meet the needs of today's traveller.
SYHA Chief Executive Keith Legge said: "Coldingham Sands Youth Hostel with close its doors to members and visitors at the end of the 2007/2008 season.
"The Scottish Youth Hostels Association very much regrets that this decision had to be made, but we are faced with ever increasing running costs to operate and maintain properties in our network and have had to accept that Coldingham is one of seven hostels that are no longer viable".
"Although in a popular and spectacular location, visitor numbers at Coldingham are low and insufficient to cover the costs of remaining open or committing to the significant investment required to bring the property up to required standards."
"The cost to maintain the hostel to a minimum acceptable standard for the next financial year is in the region of £170,000.
"However, to refurbish the building to provide accommodation of a standard that most of today's visitors expect, including private and family rooms would require investment in the region of £300,000."
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