Work is ongoing to convert the long-term, derelict former Cumbernauld Primary School, in Cumbernauld Village, into a thriving Community and Heritage Hub. The group behind this ambitious project is Cumbernauld Community Development Trust, the new name for Cumbernauld House Trust.
The organisation plans to use the existing school building to accommodate a community café, offices for local community organisations, meeting rooms, and heritage education, as well as constructing a new wing with a multi-purpose sports and events hall. The total cost of the project is expected to be in the region of three million pounds and the group hopes to submit a large funding application early next year, following a period of further community consultation and business planning.
The Trust continues to work with Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community (CVAC) and has further strengthened their committee by teaming up with another local organisation, Now You’re Talking (NYT), who provide positive mental health and wellbeing services throughout cumbernauld. David McArthur, Chair of Now You’re Talking, said “This is an excellent opportunity for NYT to provide services to the wider community and complements our plan of growth in the Northern Corridor. NYT looks forward to the opportunities the redevelopment will bring, to better promote and improve the health & wellbeing of those in the locality”.
The group meet on the first Monday of each month, at 7pm, in Cumbernauld Village Community Hall, and meetings are open to anyone to attend. The next meeting is this Monday, 2nd June, and the Trust needs more local people to help them deliver the Community Hub project.
Adam Smith, Chair of Cumbernauld Community Development Trust, said “Sadly, the former school building is in incredibly poor condition following years of vandalism and neglect. Hopefully we can provide new and improved community facilities for the whole of Cumbernauld to utilise while saving this emotionally and historically important building from demolition. However, we do need more help to see this project through to completion and I would encourage anyone who is able to spare just a few hours each month to come along to our meeting on Monday evening”.