Crunch talks on centre takeover
Castle Douglas residents urged to attend meeting
A takeover of closurethreatened Castle Douglas Community Centre (CDCC) could come a step closer next week.
Groups using the popular venue are to debate whether taking it over makes financial sense.
Representatives of all member organisations are being urged to attend a crunch meeting in the centre on Thursday.
They will hear a presentation from consultants the Creetown Initiative on the pros and cons of becoming owners.
Project manager Andrew Ward briefed CDCC representatives last Friday on a business plan for running the premises.
Now management committee chairman David Webster wants a big turnout for next week’s vital presentation.
He told the News: “Mr Ward will present his findings and recommendations on the finances required to make community ownership successful.
“People can then get an idea at that meeting whether or how much they want to take on.
“Together we will consider the way forward based on the feasibility study, business plan, architects report and energy report.
“We have all the facts and figures we need and they will be put in front of everybody for a decision in principle on the night.”
Options open to the CDCC management committee include becoming a charitable organisation to purchase and run the centre.
Around 44 groups use the imposing former Victorian school on Cotton Street.
Mr Webster added: “We would urge people to attend – I can’t stress enough how important it is that they come to the meeting to decide on what steps we take.
“Any decision we ultimately reach will be of vital importance to the community of Castle Douglas.”
The council is offloading all its community centres by next March to save cash.
Those not being taken on by local groups are likely to be put up for sale – potentially forcing user groups to find a new home.
Castle Douglas Community Centre boasts a conference room, cafeteria, day centre for the elderly and an IT training centre.
Hoping for a good attendance Members of the community centre management committee