Friday, 22 November 2013

Community Centre plans for the future

John Hunter, Ardrossan’s Independent councillor, and local MP Katy Clark have welcomed financial support for the Whitlees Community Centre.

The two politicians attended last Wednesday’s (November 13) launch of a community consultation organised by committee members at the Ardrossan facility.  The Centre was recently awarded almost £10,000 to fund a project that, ultimately, will deliver a business plan setting out initiatives to meet the needs of the local public.

Volunteers have received training and in the run-up to Christmas will be asking members of the Ardrossan public to complete a short survey on what they think about the Whitlees Community Centre, the services it currently provides and what additional activities they would like it to offer.

John Hunter said, “The Whitlees Centre is a great example of a well-run community facility.  It is well-used by local groups and the Big Lottery funding will allow the committee to plan for the future based on what local people say they want.”

North Ayrshire & Arran MP Katy Clark added, “The Whitlees Community Association have delivered a great service to the local community over many years and their annual gala is a day I always try to keep clear in my diary.

“It speaks volumes for the people involved in the Association that they are running this project to ensure they provide the best possible service to the local community. The funding they have secured means that with the help and engagement of local people the Association can develop a new programme of activities and services for to best meet the needs and interests of the people of Ardrossan.”

Ms Clark praised the work of long-standing committee members, particularly Mr and Mrs Massie, noting that new committee members “have a hard act to follow”.

 During last Wednesday’s launch of the ‘Ardrossan Speaks’ initiative, Katy Clark reflected on the “tough times faced by so many local people” and how community facilities such as the Whitlees are so important for local residents and groups.

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