Cen­tre to close for 18 months

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gar­diner

A com­mu­nity hub in Perth is pre­par­ing to close for up to 18 months to un­dergo ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions.

Live Ac­tive Letham at Tweedsmuir Road will be re­de­vel­oped as a com­mu­nity health and well­be­ing cen­tre on be­half of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil.

The de­vel­op­ment will see the 25-year-old leisure fa­cil­ity closed from Thurs­day, re­open­ing in April 2019.

The work is be­ing paid for with £2.8m of coun­cil fund­ing, hav­ing failed to se­cure an ad­di­tional £1m Scot­tish Govern­ment grant.

The new fa­cil­ity will in­clude childcare pro­vi­sion, NHS drop-in clin­ics, health and so­cial care, adult learn­ing, be­reave­ment care, ther­a­pies, par­ent­ing ser­vices, IT train­ing and Perth and Kin­ross Credit Union.

It will also of­fer meet­ing rooms and spa­ces for com­mu­nity events, as well as a ded­i­cated gym space and flex­i­ble three-court sports hall.

It is be­ing de­signed by McLaren Mur­doch and Hamil­ton, an award­win­ning ar­chi­tec­tural firm which has a base in Perth.

Coun­cil­lor for Perth City North, Dave Doogan, said: “This is un­doubt­edly a mas­sive cap­i­tal in­vest­ment and will clearly be most felt in Letham.

“It is tremen­dously im­por­tant that it meets the needs of the peo­ple and com­mu­nity groups in Letham and fo­cus­ing on this was our pri­or­ity.”

He added: “Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil has worked care­fully to en­sure that every group that re­lies on the Letham Cen­tre is re­lo­cated to a suit­able tem­po­rary venue.

“I’m re­ally pleased that af­ter the ini­tial con­tro­versy ev­ery­one is be­hind the project and fully en­gaged.

“Ex­pec­ta­tions are high and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

The lo­cal area hous­ing of­fice has moved to new premises on Ran­noch Road and Letham Com­mu­nity Hub is mov­ing to the war­den’s of­fice on Dal­re­och Place un­til the ren­o­va­tions are com­plete.

Letham Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing a meet­ing in the Letham Cen­tre on Thurs­day at 7pm.

Any­one who would like to at­tend should con­tact the Face­book page or email sec­re­tary_ letham­res­i­dentsas­soc@ ya­hoo.com.

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