Meet­ing hears that land is se­cured for Soroba cen­tre

The Oban Times - - NEWS - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

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.

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