New group revives hope for community centre

Rosemary Reilly outside the community centre
Rosemary Reilly outside the community centre

A group has been formed in Laurencekirk seeking to find a way to keep Mearns Community Centre open for future generations.

Group member Rosemary Reilly told the Observer that they hoped to “work together with council officers to ensure that the good work that takes place in the community centre is not compromised in light of the changes to come in the future.’’

Rosemary Reilly outside the Mearns Community Centre.

Rosemary Reilly outside the Mearns Community Centre.

In the main, the group is supporting the clubs for the young and the elderly.

Rosemary explained: “There is good communication with elected members of the work in progress.”

The changes alluded to are the upcoming opening of the new Mearns Academy community campus.

‘‘Several groups which are currently based at the community centre have been asked to consider moving to the new campus. However, for many of the clubs and associations this is not a suitable option.’’

New banner outside community centre in Laurencekirk.

New banner outside community centre in Laurencekirk.

Included in the group are representatives from Mearns Community Council, Laurencekirk Development Trust/ Villages In Control, Laurencekirk Out Of School Club, Laurencekirk Lunch Club, Thursday Coffee Club, Laurencekirk Ladies Club, Aberdeenshire Council Area office in Stonehaven and Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Learning and Development team.

Meetings are ongoing to try to resolve local concerns and the Observer will be keeping readers informed as developments unfold.