Peo­ple power set to trans­form vi­tal hub

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Amanda Craw­ford

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

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