Meeting hears that land is secured for Soroba centre
IT IS time to roll up your sleeves and prepare the ground for Soroba Viewpoint, a meeting heard last week.
The community centre, which has been in the planning for more than 10 years, has managed to secure land and the support of the residents in Soroba, but to date the funding for the building has not been forthcoming.
That is set to change, with a committee elected last Tuesday to move matters forward.
The Viewpoint group has also been officially linked with the Soroba Community Enterprise Ltd (SCEL), which runs the community centre.
The group’s chairwoman, Marri Malloy, said that the community centre in Soroba was ‘long overdue’ and would make a world of a difference to people from Oban and far beyond.
Mrs Malloy said: ‘We have so many groups and activities going on in the current building that we cannot fit them all in.
‘People have waited a long time for the new facility and I would like to get going with a strong funding push.’
Mrs Malloy welcomed four newly- elected councillors and said she was delighted they had attended the meeting to lend their support.
Committee member Andrew MacDonald said he was keen to see the number of people who wanted to be involved with the project grow.
He explained that a number of fundraisers had shown inter- est in the Viewpoint centre but the group wanted to know how best to serve the community.
The group has organised a catwalk show at M&Co in Oban tomorrow (Friday May 19) at 6.30pm. Tickets are available from members of the community centre committee or at the door.
Nicola Wilson, committee member, said: ‘We had a great turnout for our SCEL/Oban Viewpoint AGM.
‘A huge thank you to our newly- elected councillors for ward four for coming to support us, and to the members of the community who also attended.
‘We look forward to working with you all and seeing you at our future meetings.
‘The next meeting is Tuesday June 6 at our new time of 7pm.
‘We hope this is a more suitable time and that we can welcome new members to our meetings.’
Giving support, Councillor Mary-Jean Devon, who attended the meeting, is calling for two hours from residents to come down to the area of land owned by the community to remove the overhanging bushes and to place a sign on the land.
A date for this community clear-up will be published in next week’s Oban Times.
People who attended the community meeting have their input on the best way forward.