A call has gone out to the people of Newton Stewart to get involved in discussions over the provision of future community facilities.
Users of Newton Stewart Community Centre, who are just a month away from being put out of the building before its closure, are inviting the community to step forward and voice their opinion on what is needed locally.
It is hoped that a meeting will attract a turn-out not only including representatives from the 22 groups which currently use the building, but also from groups and charities that may already have a sound base but who could benefit from a new home in the long-term, or who can provide ideas and help in creating a new home for the groups.
Along with help from council youth workers and community council representatives, it is hoped a list of ideas can be drawn up and taken forward to provide a facility to suit the varied needs of the mixed-use groups. Ideas to be considered could include applying for grants and funding from outside bodies and charities.
The current community centre is being closed as part of a council move to close buildings seen as surplus to requirements, and alternative accommodation is to be made available at other council-owned buildings in the town.
The open meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday, December 2, in the community centre.