People power set to transform vital hub
People with a passion for Lochside have taken over the running of a community hub.
A new 12-strong management team was recruited at Lochside Community Centre at a meeting last week.
Just last month the centre and its former management team came under fire, amid claims that it was restricting access to the facility situated on Rankine Street.
The centre management team has undergone a restructure by Dumfries and Galloway Council, and, as a result, a new committee was formed.
Since their appointment new members have been rallying around and mucking in to clean the community centre and get it in shape for use by the public.
One member of the management committee, Lynn Uygun, said: “The people that have joined are dedicated to getting the centre up to a standard people in the community deserve.
“The centre used to be used by so many people. My own daughters used to dance here and we are working hard to ensure that it remains in use in the meantime.”
Communities committee chairman Councillor Andy Ferguson said: “Around 70 people turned out to the meeting to show they wanted their community centre to be at the heart of the community.
“These are the first important steps in a long journey as we work with the management committee to secure external funding to refurbish the centre and, importantly, to increase the use of the facility by a wide range of community groups and organisations, as well as for meetings, conferences, birthday parties and much more.”
A meeting to elect office bearers will be held in the centre on Thursday, September 21.
Delighted Lynn Uygun says the community will work hard to ensure the centre’s success