Clyde Street Centre Decision Made

Argyll & Bute Council have today released the following statement concerning the future of the Clyde Street Centre.

FUTURE OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE TAKES A STEP FORWARD

A secure future for the Community Education Centre (CEC) in Helensburgh took a step forward today (Tuesday 20th January) when Argyll and Bute Council's Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee endorsed a decision that the business case for its refurbishment should be brought before the Area Committee and the Council Executive in March.

The Council had put the building on the open market as part of its options appraisal for the development of its new facilities but, although three parties submitted proposals, no offer related solely to the purchase of the building as defined by the asking terms was received.

Chairman of the Area Committee, Councillor James Robb, said: "This is a building that is valued by the community and securing its future is a key priority within the Area Plan, which was also agreed by members today. Members noting the absence of a acceptable offer to purchase it have backed the development of the business case for its refurbishment as part of a Council civic facility."

Helensburgh Heroes have made the following statement in a response to a media enquiry:

"Helensburgh Heroes is naturally disappointed at the today's outcome but until we have had the chance to discuss the result with the appropriate Council Officers it is difficult to comment further.

We are, however, pleased that it would appear that the Clyde Street Centre is going to be developed for the community, and we hope that we may be invited, along with other interested groups and residents, to have an input into its future use, so that we can all benefit from the type of facilities that we outlined in our bid, and believe the Helensburgh & Lomond Area so desperately craves."