Com­mu­nity hub planned

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Com­mu­nity group Part­cip8 now has its own base in Half­way.

The group has agreed a lease with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to take over two empty shop units on Hamil­ton Road.

Plans are in place to cre­ate a com­mu­nity hub and the group is urg­ing lo­cals to get in­volved.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has given the go ahead for two shop units to be leased to a Half­way com­mu­nity group for just £1 per month.

Part­cip8 Over­ton now plan to trans­form 234/236 Hamil­ton Road into a com­mu­nity hub and per­ma­nent base.

Coun­cil­lors on a hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources com­mit­tee ap­proved the move ear­lier this month.

Of­fi­cers said the property had been empty since 2013 and the only pre­vi­ous at­tempt at leas­ing it out had fallen through.

In a re­port to coun­cil­lors, they say a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in us­ing the hub.

Formed in 2009, Par­ticp8 Over­ton has been re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of com­mu­nity events, in­clud­ing the re­cent Christ­mas light switch-on.

In a state­ment last week, the group said: “It is hoped lo­cal groups will make good use of the hub, and in par­tic­u­lar any­one look­ing to set-up a new group or ac­tiv­ity would be given our full sup­port.

“The hub will be­come the place for res­i­dents seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on a whole range of sub­jects from help and ad­vice for those seek­ing work, ben­e­fits ad­vice, fi­nan­cial ad­vice and other top­ics re­quested by lo­cal peo­ple.

“How­ever, the re­al­ity is that we need the full sup­port of lo­cal peo­ple to make the hub work and in par­tic­u­lar vol­un­teers to give a small amount of time to as­sist us in de­liv­er­ing our ser­vices and to en­sure the fu­ture of the hub.

“The bot­tom line is it’s a fa­cil­ity for the ben­e­fit of the whole Cam­bus­lang East com­mu­nity and with­out the full sup­port of the com­mu­nity we will not be able to sus­tain it.

“Please give your sup­port and if we can make the hub work we could go on to big­ger and bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties much needed in our area.”

Gilly Feron Par­ticip8 chair added: “This is great for our com­mu­nity.

“We at Par­ticip8, with your help, will work to pro­mote and im­prove the Cam­bus­lang East area.

“It will take time to es­tab­lish and more vol­un­teers will be needed. Here’s to the suc­cess of the Par­ticip8 hub.”

The group were praised by Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Bro­gan, who said: “What a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment by and for the com­mu­nity.

“This is down to won­der­ful en­deav­our or­gan­ised and de­liv­ered by the Par­ticip8 Over­ton com­mit­tee, vol­un­teers, supporters and spon­sors in­clud­ing Gilly Feron, Alison Kennedy, Mary Roy, Jim Walker, Bob Mur­phy, Davy Keirs, Bar­bara and Harry Parkes and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil of­fi­cers Linda Cun­ning­ham and Jackie Wray.”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. par­ticip8over­ton.com or email jimwalker@ par­ticip8over­ton.com who will re­spond as soon as pos­si­ble.

New base Th­ese units will be­come the home of com­mu­nity group Par­ticip8

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