Par­ticp8 Over­ton set hub

Count­down for base

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Par­ticip8 Over­ton are just a few weeks away from be­ing handed the keys to their new com­mu­nity base.

The group have now ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion for a change of use of the units at 234 - 236 Hamil­ton Road in Half­way.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil agreed to lease the empty units to Par­ticip8 for just £1 a month in De­cem­ber last year.

Since then, the group have been left frus­trated in their ef­forts to get the base up and run­ning, but that is about to change ac­cord­ing to group chair­man Gilly Feron.

He told the Re­former: “The change of use has been hold­ing us up in terms of get­ting the lease signed. It’s been drag­ging on and on.

“Hope­fully, once this is sorted we will be in within the next month.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time for the group. Some­thing like this is badly needed for the area.”

Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Brogan, who works closely with the group, is de­lighted the base could open soon.

And he hopes the whole com­mu­nity get in­volved.

He said: “We’ve had a few things that have got­ten in the way so I’m not count­ing my chick­ens but hope­fully we’ll be able to get in af­ter which it will take us a few months to set­tle.

“We need to con­sult with the pub­lic to see what their ideas are and we’ve al­ready had lots of in­ter­ested par­ties con­tact us about us­ing the base.

“This is a ma­jor step in the right di­rec­tion and go­ing for­ward I’d like to see the hub at­tract big­ger and bet­ter things into the area.”

Par­ticip8 will hope to have the base up and run­ning be­fore their fire­works dis­play next month.

It will take place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 5 at 7pm, al­though res­i­dents are in­vited to ar­rive from 6pm to grab a snack and a cup of tea.

Sparkling Par­ticip8 will hope to have their new base up and run­ning in time for the fire­works dis­play

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