I’m extremely disappointed to hear of the decision that has been made by CultureNL to press ahead with their closure of the Mossend Senior Citizens Centre as part of their wider actions to close seven community facilities, four libraries and two mobile libraries – facilities such as a pensioners’ meeting room in Watson Street, Motherwell and the libraries in Newarthill and Craigneuk to save cash.
I noted with interest that the author of a report into the exercise was unhappy that no proposals were made by CultureNL to make up the shortfall. In particular their observation that “despite the wide range of submissions received no alternative income/funding models were submitted during the consultation process that would enable CultureNL to retain current provision…” It is the case that CultureNL has abdicated their responsibility to look at alternatives for these facilities – instead placing the creative thought in the hands of local people – who from the vast number of responses have more than answered the call.
Rightly so Mossend SNP which ran a campaign to save the Senior Citizens’ Centre are disappointed that CultureNL could not change their minds and have pledged to continue to do all that they can to continue their community centre’s future.
I offer my support to all of those in our communities who are opposing the closures of all of these facilities that are so greatly appreciated by those in our community. I would take the opportunity to ask CultureNL to think again at this late hour and stand by our Community Facilities.