A steering group for the future of local community services in Laurencekirk has been established. The group is comprised of representatives from Laurencekirk Development Trust/Villages in Control, Mearns Community Council, Laurencekirk out of School Club (LOOSC), The Ladies Club, Thursday Coffee Morning and Laurencekirk Lunch Club.
The group has been assessing community facilities, in particular Mearns Community Centre, and the need therein to ensure that all current user groups are accommodated either in the new community campus or some other existing community accommodation.
It was found that the accommodation being considered at the primary school was not yet capable of housing the LOOSC or the Older Peoples’ groups. So the steering group, with support from the Council and local councillors, are working on an interim partnership arrangement which will allow the community centre to continue to be used by local groups for a time, until the primary school extension or other appropriate accommodation is secured.
There is still some work to be done on the partnership agreement, but the steering group will continue to work with the Council on this. Member Rosemary Reilly says “We are working hard as a combined group, to reach definite solutions regarding community provisions”.