Open eventon futureof Trades Lane hub
The future of the former health centre on Trades Lane in Coupar Angus is to be discussed at two public meetings to be held on Wednesday, May 24.
There will be two presentations, one at 2pm and one at 6pm, followed by an opportunity to look around the premises and put forward views and ideas for the building.
Plans to turn the former health centre into community ownership were first mooted last year.
The centrally-located building is currently empty having been vacated by the local mental health team, which is now based in Blairgowrie.
Those behind the idea believe that the building is an ideal location for a community hub.
A spokesperson said: “With adequate car parking, and located a short distance from local bus stops, the building is easily accessible and suited to become a ‘Strathmore Community Hub’.
“As a single storey building housing smaller, comfortable rooms, it is an ideal location for all smaller groups who need somewhere to meet at an affordable cost.
“It will allow these groups to provide a variety of activities and promote a healthy society and also has access for the less able.
“It is hoped that the facilities could also include displays of local art and craft as well as providing a home for the Strathmore Men’s Shed workshop and even a community cafe.
“With excellent access all year round and in extreme weather conditions, the spaces can also be used as an emergency refuge.”
An initial public consultation event, held in the autumn last year, generated a positive response from the community, and since then the Strathmore Community Hub charity has been set up.
The organisation has received funding to carry out a feasibility study and business plan to ensure that the Hub can be made sustainable without the need for ongoing funding.
A professional consultancy has been appointed to carry out this work and will be hosting the consultation event.
As well as the formal presentations at 2pm and 6pm, there will also be a drop-in session between 5pm and 6pm.
Refreshments will be provided.
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend you can contribute your ideas online at www.allourideas.org/ Strathmore_Hub