Forgewood’s Future

Community Links Scotland staff and volunteers have been hitting the streets of Forgewood recently to find out the local community’s views on Forgewood Community Centre and how it can be improved. Forgewood Community CentreThe centre is currently owned and operated by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) but Forgewood Housing Co-operative (FHC) have been in discussion with them about taking on ownership of the facility and redeveloping it to become a community centre with a local one-stop-shop for a variety of services and activities including the co-op’s office.

Postal and face-to-face surveys were carried out with local community members of all ages. A total of 248 responses were received, including responses from the local Polish community who we had the questionnaire translated for to ensure they were able to participate in the process. The overwhelming majority of respondents are not currently using the centre for a variety of reasons and are in support of plans to redevelop and improve it. We also contacted existing users of the centre to find out their thoughts; the majority of which were also in support of a proposal to redevelop the facility.

We are now working with FHC, NLC and Grant Murray Architects to finalise a feasibility study and business plan for the facility to support a Stage 1 application to the Big Lottery Fund’s Growing Community Assets Programme.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Investing in Ideas and North Lanarkshire Council.

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