Bowling Club Transformed into new Hub

Coatbridge & Airdrie Advertiser/Daily Record Article - 3 June 2021

Indoor bowling club to be transformed into new hub

Community group develop business plan for site bought through Community Asset Transfer scheme and lottery funding

Members of the Cliftonville and Coatdyke Community Group at the former indoor bowling club

An indoor bowling club in Coatbridge is to be transformed into a new hub for locals after being bought by a voluntary group.

Cliftonville and Coatdyke Community Group has worked closely with North Lanarkshire Council (NLC), The Development Trust Association for Scotland, and the National Lottery to develop a business plan for the regeneration of the building.

Through the community asset transfer scheme, and with £190,000 of lottery funding, the group has bought the building and plans to make improvements to it.

When it’s complete, the new hub will offer a range of activities and education opportunities for people of all ages, as well as a café, meeting and events space.

Lizzanne McMurrich, head of communities, told Lanarkshire Live : "Congratulations to everyone involved in the Cliftonville and Coatdyke Community Group for their efforts in giving this building a new future for the benefit of the whole community.

“The building will become a hub for community activities, bringing together local groups and individuals, and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the voluntary and public sectors work in partnership.”

Chairman of the group, Alex Forrest, said this was "a very important time" for the local community and volunteer groups throughout Airdrie and Coatbridge.

He added: “The purchase of the building will provide a focal point for our community and the present first class bowling facility will be augmented by a wide range of activities for all the community.

“We would like to thank our partners for helping to make this dream come to fruition; Roslyn Griffith and Douglas Tate (North Lanarkshire Council); Katie Alexander (Scottish Land Fund); Elyn Zang (National Lottery Community Fund); and, most importantly, Lynn Molleson from Community Ownership Support Services.

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