The Letham Community Hub – the story continues

Letham4All continues to operate the Hub for local groups and organisations and is now working with a team from Perth and Kinross Council to explore what be achieved with the funding agreed by the Council to refurbish the building. The Council’s application to the Scottish Government’s Capital Regeneration Grant Fund was unsuccessful , so now planning and design can start on agreeing what can be done with the funding available.

What’s on in the Hub – here are the regular community activities taking place this April in the Hub.

Monday

  • Vibe Dance from 5.00pm
  • Needles and Pins 6.30pm-8.00pm all welcome for knitting , crochet, sewing and a blether

Tuesday

  • Letham Friendship Network 10am-11.30am all welcome chat and acitvities, tea, coffe cake and toast!
  • Chatty Crafters 12.00pm -2.00pm fun with arts and crafts
  • KOLA 6.00pm -8.00pm, fun and games for children from 8 up until 11

Thursday

  • Creative Writing Group 12.30pm-13.30pm – fun with words
  • Inbetweeners Youth Group 6.00pm-8.00pm Youth group for 12 years and upwards

Friday

  • Breast Feeding Support Group 10.00am-12.00pm all the help and support to give your child the best start in life
  • Community Drop In @The Hub 12.00pm-2.00pm All welcome to drop in for coffee, tea and chat with local folk and support for those who want to get involved in the community

Saturday

  • Letham Majorettes 10.00am-2.00pm
  • Vibe Dance 4.00pm-6.00pm

If you are part of local group who want to return back or to use to the building please contact Jon Kidd on  07783809049 or email letham4all@gmail.com .

Letham Community Health and Well Being Hub Timeline

 

  • May 2015 Community Engagement Activities and workshops
  • August 2015 Council undertakes a feasibility study for the potential new Hub
  • October 2015 Business case developed for capital funding for the new Hub
  • June 2016 Perth and Kinross Council approves £2.85million as part of it Capital Programme for the new Hub
  • November 2016 Perth and Kinross Council appoint Mace Ltd to be Project managers for the design and construction of the new Hub
  •  March 2017 Perth and Kinross Council appoint McLaren Murdoch and Hamilton as the Design Team for the new Hub
  •  March 2017 The Community Hub Project team win the Gold Award at the Perth and Kinross Council’s Securing the Future Awards
  • May 2017 consultation takes places on the design plans for the new Hub
  • July 2017 planning approval for new Hub gained
  •  August 2017 Letham Recreation Centre closes for refurbishment and local groups temporarily relocated
  • October 2017 The Community Hub Project Team successfully apply to the Aspiring Communities Fund – £28K to create a new charitable organisation and  develop a business plan to operate the new Hub
  • December 2017 Perth and Kinross Council invite tenders for the strip out and construction of the new Hub – with an anticipated of start date April 2018
  • March 2018 Letham4All is registered as Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • June 2018  On June 20th 2018, Perth and Kinross Councillors, debated the recommendation to approve a £1.7 million cut in the budget towards the development of the new Letham Community Health and Well Being Hub. Unfortunately, despite the support of the opposition parties, the leading administration won the vote and approved the recommendation.

This leaves £1.245 million to continue the project and Letham4All are committed and are working with Council Officers to rethink the refurbishment of the building.

  • July 2018 On 3rd of July Letham4All held a community open meeting and invited Council Officers to attend, along with local Elected Members. There were some frank exchanges about the decision, but the meeting gave everyone a chance to ask questions. There was agreement that the Community needed to be fully engaged in the next stages of this project.
  • November 2018 – The Council and Letham4All submit an application to Scottish Government’s Capital Regeneration Grant Fund to try an identify funding to deliver the original new building.This bid was unsuccessful.
  • January 2019 – Letham4All has agreed with the Council to hold a licence to occupy the former recreation so that it can be opened for local community groups to use.
  • March 2019 – Letham4All make a successful application to the Council’s Community Investment Fund to help develop a soft play centre and community kitchen at the Hub.
  • April 2019 –  A Council Project Board meets to discuss the refurbishment of the building
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