Community hub vision outlined

Council officials have outlined their vision of the new Loanhead school/medical centre hub to be based adjoining the leisure centre.

Updating Loanhead and District Community Council, project manager Maurice McCann said he had met with local GPs as well as staff at Paradykes Primary and Loanhead Community Learning Centre to find out their requirements.

“It is still subject to change and probably the largest thing having an impact will be cost. They have still to be costed against the budget. At the moment we are trying to get a scheme which the stakeholders think will work,” he explained.

Plans presented to the community council showed a boulevard entrance opposite the existing library building.

To the left, running alongside Mayburn Avenue, will be the early years centre with Sure Start and nursery. The after school club and infant school classes will also be on the ground floor. The upper level will house P3 to P7 and there will be an all-weather pitch outside.

The health centre will be to the right of the leisure centre, running along George Avenue. There will be waiting room, five treatment rooms and other clinical space on the ground floor.The first floor will have the staff room and records’ room.

The main entrance to the leisure facility will have a soft play area and internet cafe. The library will be used by the school and community.

The existing leisure centre will be configured. The pool will remain in place with a hydro-suite created adjacent. The upper level will have a Tonezone and dance studio.

Mr McCann added that the design was keen to incorporate a replacement for the town hall. Between the school and leisure centre will be an assembly and dining hall which could be partitioned into three different areas. There would be a stage and bleacher seating.

“Parking was one of the big things in the community consultation,” he continued.

Space had been allocatedfor 180 vehicles with an overspill area for up to another 40 vehicles on the site of the former library.