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WORK will now get underway for Freedom City Church’s new home at St. Mungo’s Road Retail Park.
The Freedom City Church, previously based in Seafar, declared in November 2012, that they wanted to refurbish two units at Cumbernauld’s lacklustre retail hub, on St. Mungo’s Road.
Currently, St. Mungo’s Road Retail Park only hosts B&M Home Stores, with three vacant units.
The area’s downturn came after the town’s previously ice rink, known as the Ice House closed, followed by General George Carpets, B&Q and, finally the Bed Shed.
Now though, Cumbernauld’s Freedom City Church will take over two of the area’s vacant premises; the old General George Carpets and Bed Shed units.
North Lanarkshire Council granted the Church planning permission in early January and now work will commence to reinvigorate the tired units.
“The proposed use accords with the relevant local plan policy RTC1 A in the North Lanarkshire Local Plan and there is adequate access, public transport links and dedicated parking provision as well as general town centre parking provision. The proposed use is appropriate and acceptable to the vacant units and also to this town centre location,” said Shirley Linton, Head of Planning & Development.
A notice has since been served to North Lanarkshire Council which states that work was due to commence on 1st February.
The transformation of the two units will see the construction of a Worship Centre, in one of the units and a Life Centre in the other. Included in the church’s plans were administration offices, a Social Enterprise Life Centre, a Community Hub, a Training Centre and café.
“The facility is viewed as a source of providing greater opportunities for part time and full time employment. The facility would also encourage volunteers therefore helping the community and the nation,” the Church’s supporting statement explains.
“The facilities would also be made available to other local charities and community groups, in certain cases free of charge.”
No date has yet been announced for the completion of the work, although it’s part of the Freedom City Church’s commitment to remain in Cumbernauld, where they have been based for around twenty-years.
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