Phiilip Morgan-Klein (Chair of CVAC) chaired the meeting for the group and went through the background to the project and what our aims were. Following on from that Jura (our business consultants) then outlined the options for the project, showed other examples of community trusts carrying out this work and broke it down into two main areas
Cafe – An area where you can pop in for a coffee or sandwich when visiting the village. Possibly a community or social enterprise engagement. This would spill out to the outdoors in the summer months.
Offices – Specifically for charities and social enterprise orgs but could extend to start ups. This would provide some much needed revenue for the space and help to make the place sustainable.
Visitor/Heritage Centre – A place for people to come and learn about the town and the surrounding area. Not a boring staid place with dusty exhibits but very much a 21st century interactive exhibition with technology and the future being at the heart of the space. This would form a centre piece for a heritage walk which would take in the Langriggs, the main street, the church, the dovecote and Cumbernauld House amongst other things.
As Option 1 but with –
Flexible Activity Space – This would be an addition to the school and would possibly fit where the old wing used to be before it burnt down. This space could be used for daytime lets, evening events, movie clubs, arts and crafts fairs, sports clubs etc. Keeping the space flexible will help with maximising the revenue.
Following on from this our architects (Malcolm Fraser Architects) then showed the types of things that had been done with other buildings for similar purposes then showed an initial view of what could be done with the space we have. The floor was then thrown open for the public to have their say and we had lots of questions from the group covering areas such as car parking to suggestions for the uses of the space.
Everyone was very positive about the idea and with well over 100 people in there it was superb to see the community come together. We also had a decent turn out from our elected politicians with the local MSP, MP and a couple of our local councillors turning out to lend their support.
We have much more to come on this project but needless to say that we were delighted by the turnout and it really shows how much the community can get behind these projects.
Over the coming weeks we are going to be publishing more info and showing more firm plans.