Arch­way praised

Cen­tre’s work in com­mu­nity recog­nised

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

SNP MSP Bob Doris vis­ited a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion in Cam­bus­lang which pro­vides a vi­tal fa­cil­ity for groups through­out the com­mu­nity in and around Half­way.

The Glas­gow list SNP MSP vis­ited the Arch­way Cen­tre in Half­way on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and spent some time with mem­bers of the craft class.

He chat­ted with sev­eral peo­ple who were mak­ing greet­ings cards and other craft items, many of which will be do­nated to the lo­cal church to raise funds for char­ity.

The cen­tre is well used by a va­ri­ety of groups, in­clud­ing var­i­ous ten­ants’ and res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions, churches and sup­port groups.

Bob dis­cussed with mem­bers and man­agers the chal­lenges that the cen­tre faces, and hopes to have con­struc­tive dis­cus­sions with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil about how best to work with the cen­tre go­ing for­ward.

Fol­low­ing the visit, Bob said: “I en­joyed my visit and the com­mu­nity spirit within the craft group was fan­tas­tic. It’s great that the cen­tre gives peo­ple the chance to have fun while ben­e­fit­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The vol­un­teers who run the cen­tre do a bril­liant job with limited space.

“How­ever, they ex­plained the fi­nan­cial pres­sures they are un­der, and I would hate to see such a won­der­ful fa­cil­ity un­der threat.

“I am sure South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will feel the same, and I will there­fore con­tact them to dis­cuss how best to sup­port the Arch­way.

“There is clearly the need for some as­sis­tance in the near future to main­tain the present site.

“In the longer term, I would hope that there would be the pos­si­bil­ity of en­hanced fa­cil­i­ties in the com­mu­nity, which is some­thing I know Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil have ac­tively been look­ing at.

“If the Arch­way didn’t ex­ist, many groups would not have a base to do valu­able com­mu­nity work.

“I had a great visit, and look for­ward to a closer work­ing re­la­tion­ship in the months ahead.”

Visi­tor SNP MSP Bob Doris with mem­bers of the Half­way Arch­way Cen­tre

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