Opinions sought on hall funds

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OVER the next two weeks Dumfries and Galloway Council will be carrying out a consultation with the community of Cairnryan to suggest options for the £20,000 awarded to improve and redecorate their village hall.

Now that works have started to reinstate the village hall the options put forward by the community will be incorporated into the design of the new building.

Community Learning and Development staff will be carrying out a door to door consultation in Cairnryan on Wednesday 15 June 2011 and a drop in session will also be held on Tuesday 21 June 2011 between 3pm and 7pm at the Merchants House, Main Street, Cairnryan to find out what members of the community think the £20,000 should be used for.

Councillor Roberta Tuckfield, Chair of Wigtown Area Committee, said, “I am delighted that the village of Cairnryan has been given such a large donation and I am sure that they will put it to good use to improve facilities for the village.”

The works to reinstate the hall started on 16 May 2011 and should take approximately 16 weeks to complete.

Graeme McKie, Community Learning and Development Worker, Community Facilities, said, “Once works are completed the village of Cairnryan and the surrounding area and previous user groups will have an excellent facility built to current building standards available for community use. Potential user groups will be given the opportunity to view the new facility once the works are completed.”

Robert Higgins, Wigtown West Councillor, said, “I look forward to the resumption of activity and the public use of the new hall. It has been sorely missed for resident meetings at a time when such meetings have been much required.”

Due to the works to reinstate the village hall the play park area next to the village hall site has been closed off. This has been done with the safety of the public in mind and to protect the play equipment during the construction phase. The closure will be kept to a minimum and it is expected that the play park will re-open in approximately 8 weeks time.