Community hub planned
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