£120,000 Grant Means Community Can Take Over Facilities

A GREENOCK community group can move forward with plans to take over local facilities after being awarded £120,000.

Branchton Community Centre Association is the first Inverclyde group to receive funding from the Scottish Land Fund.

Michelle McIlroy, chairperson of Branchton Community Centre, said: “The community of Branchton can finally take ownership of the community centre, the land, the multi-sports area and the playpark area and tackle head-on the issue of regeneration in our area.

"Taking ownership of this property will be a real asset to the community and will only deepen the sense of community spirit in the Branchton area. First and foremost, ownership will allow us to go ahead with our plans to upgrade our old tired play park and MUGA pitch. We will now be able to create a new modern safe space for families and children to enjoy alongside a new MUGA sports ground that will be used in conjunction with future health groups and sports classes.

"When the community centre and land belong to the Branchton community this will allow the people in the area to grow in confidence, feel empowered and have a sense of pride and responsibility knowing that they can have an input on things that can have an effect and develop their neighbourhood. We can’t wait to get started!”

The premises are currently owned by Oak Tree Housing Association.

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