Open even­ton fu­tureof Trades Lane hub

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

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

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