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Message from the Chair, December 2011: Dumyat Centre Makeover

The Community Council and Clackmannanshire Council have been working together for some months to improve the Dumyat Centre. It was looking very tired and in need of some TLC but, as always, there were no plans in the budget to spend money on it. However, we took the bull by the horns and have worked with the Council towards achieving some improvements.

The library has been totally renewed with new shelves, easier access, new children's area, and better seating to read at. The computer area has been re-jigged for greater privacy, an improved range of books are in stock and soon there will be coffee and tea facilities with biscuits provided by the Community Council.

The whole centre has had a lick of paint to cheer the walls up, with that in the reception area having the greatest effect. The walls have had a colour makeover to make it more welcoming; the two rooms have had a coat of paint and are more user-friendly.

New signage and extended opening hours will help make the centre a more accessible, friendlier place to visit.

We haven't finished yet. Come April next year there will be more money available to extend the work already done, ensuring that the centre will become a true community centre.

It does, of course, come back to our community actually using the centre. There is the main hall which can be booked not only for sports, but for larger events, dances, lunches etc. The larger of the two other rooms is ideal for a smaller event and is already used for meetings, exercise classes, children's parties and so on, with the meeting room being available for small meetings. It will seat 12 and is fitted out with executive style seating and boardroom table, ideal for your business meeting.

I could go on but the best thing to do is take a walk up and have a look for yourself. You'll be surprised!

Les Sharp, Chairman
Menstrie Community Council

December 2011

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