Council agrees investment in new hub for Tillicoultry
Thursday 15th December 2011
Plans for a new community hub in Tillicoultry have taken a step forward, following the conclusion of a consultation exercise.
The hub was approved by Council in principal in the summer. It will be located in the former Family Centre building and will include:
- A new modern library and CAP with an information and service point
- A youth space for young people's activities
- Meeting space for the toddlers group, young mums group and baby group/baby massage
- Multi-functional meeting and community space
- A new IT learning suite providing internet access and computing classes
Central Scotland Police has also agreed to share the building, using the upstairs space as an office. NHS health visitors are also keen to explore the possibility of providing services in the hub.
Now councillors have approved the spending of £400,000 to convert the building.
The Council agreed earlier this year to rationalise the number of properties we run in Tillicoultry as a way to retain services, while delivering them from fewer buildings.
The Council also agreed to redevelop the existing library/CAP building into three social houses for rent at a cost of £150,000 and to invest a further £150,000 in enhancing the nursery and improving Firpark ski centre to allow increased community use.
Council Leader Sam Ovens said: "The impressive plans that we have approved today represent an investment of nearly £1 million in Tillicoultry. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the community for a hub and bringing as many services as possible together under one roof is a logical move. There will also be improvements to Tillicoultry nursery and the development of much needed housing. I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation process - their views and comments have been very valuable in shaping the new hub."
The Council intends to consult on 'settlement plans' examining how we can provide services from fewer buildings in every community in Clackmannanshire. Now that Tillicoultry is complete, we will be looking at Tullibody next.