Community can support fundraising bid to turn old cop shop and pools into new facilities

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Residents, businesses and community groups can support a funding offer for a new community hub in downtown Renfrew.

Renfrewshire Council has drawn up initial proposals, which are now being shared with the public ahead of an application for the Leveling Up fund this summer.

Plans included refurbishment of the vacant former police station and improvements to Renfrew Victory Baths to create a combined community facility.

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Hub proposals include better pool facilities and a spa and wellness center to improve the offerings at the popular baths, which celebrated their centenary last year.

It is also planned that the hub will have a regional dance, gymnastics and fitness center open to all ages and groups.

And alongside new community spaces, it could house a library and learning center with digital facilities, relocating Renfrew’s library to the city centre.

Opinions from the public will feed into a request for funding in the second round of the UK government’s fund, which supports investment in local infrastructure and community assets.

If successful, further detailed public consultations would be conducted to refine the proposals.

Economics and Regeneration Director George Hunter said: “The development of this town center community center would be a fantastic facility for local residents and visitors to Renfrew and we are keen to hear what the people think of initial plans.

“Complementing what is on offer at Renfrew Town Hall, the hub would provide inclusive and modern town center facilities that are accessible to all, giving people more reason to spend locally in Renfrew and more importantly ensure the long-term future of two well-known historic buildings.

“The Leveling Up Fund is a competitive bidding process, so we are looking for local residents, businesses and community groups to complete the feedback survey and send in their support.”

People can learn more about the proposals and take the survey at www.ironsidefarrar.com/renfrew.html

Messages of support are also welcome – these can be emailed to the project team at [email protected]

A public exhibition is also open at Renfrew Victory Baths, including weekends from Tuesday May 24 to Monday June 6 (closed Thursday June 2), with a walk-in scheduled from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 1 where Project team members will be available to discuss proposals in person.

The council secured more than £38million in funding in the first round of the Leveling Up fund to improve transport links between Paisley and the AMIDS manufacturing district, which was the third highest award in the UK.

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