Particp8 Overton set hub
Countdown for base
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