Glasgow community halls could reopen as deal talks are expected to be approved

Talks on a deal to reopen Woodside Halls and allow community groups to return are expected to be approved.

Glasgow councilors were asked to support negotiations with Community Central Hall (CCH) over a lease for the Glenfarg Street site at a meeting on Thursday.

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They could also agree to start talks with St Paul’s Youth Forum on the community center in Molendinar.

Both proposals are progressing through the People Make Glasgow Communities programme, a council scheme which gives the public, including community groups and third sector bodies, a chance to have ‘greater involvement’ in venues. race.

Woodside Halls, built in 1925 and currently leased by Glasgow Life, which runs culture and leisure services for the council, has been closed since the start of the covid pandemic.

Council officials reported that the venue ‘remains closed while Glasgow Life considers all potential options to restore service provision at this site’.

Prior to closing, the hall was available for hire for meetings, small conferences, classes and clubs as well as a venue for parties, dances and weddings.

CCH, a community development trust, operates in the Woodside, Hillhead and Maryhill areas of the city and has managed Maryhill Hall, on Maryhill Road, for over 45 years.

Maryhill Hall has been home to some former Woodside Halls users, but these groups prefer to return to their former home.

A council report added: ‘For the past few years, Maryhill Central Hall has operated near capacity on some evenings and CCH is currently unable to meet demand for community bookings.

“It is therefore CCH’s intention that the [Woodside] Hall will be used to extend the provision of these existing services, but creating a clear brand identity for Hall.

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The report claims that CCH, which employs more than 60 people and supports more than 75,000 people, believes that having the two buildings “would have the potential to create a delivery point for cultural activities on a scale currently not possible.” .

Built in 2006, the Molendinar Community Center on Royston Road has also been closed since the start of the pandemic.

It is currently leased by Glasgow Life and includes a gym, dance studio, meeting room, gym, IT suite and community cafe.

“Prior to its closure in 2020, the community center offered computer, sports and exercise facilities to the community, as well as rooms for rent for meetings, classes and clubs,” officials said in a statement to councilors. .

St. Paul’s Youth Forum, established in 2011, aims to help young people in the city, with a focus on the parish of St. Paul’s Church, and “alleviate the worst effects of poverty by offering free activities and resources to the community of Blackhill/Provanmill and beyond”.

The charity, managed by a board of trustees, sees Molendinar as a “suitable location from which to deliver its core services and grow”, the board’s report added.

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