Cumbernauld's Wallbrae Community Room could close as Trust calls it a day

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Published at 00:24 on 30 January 2014.
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CARBRAIN’S Wallbrae Community Room could soon be sold off, demolished or left to rot as the Carbrain Learning Trust prepares to enter dissolution.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Learning and Leisure Services committee will be asked next week to declare the community facility “surplus to requirements”, after the Trust raps up and hands over the keys of the South Carbrain facility back to the council. 

Members who sit on the authority’s Learning and Leisure Services committee will asked to declare the facility “surplus to operational requirements” next month, after the Carbrain Learning Trust’s Board of Trustees announced their intentions to dissolve following a meeting earlier this month.

The board had called an Emergency General Meeting on January 7th, in an attempt to find new Trustees and volunteers to help run the facility, after the Board gradually decreased in membership, to just two Trustees.

Following their decision, the Trust announced it was their intention to call it quits, and hand the keys of the facility back to North Lanarkshire Council, who had been letting out the facility to the Trust.

The agenda for next week’s committee that the Trust are “currently in discussion with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSGR) regarding the dissolving of the Trust”, adding: “It is anticipated that they will cease to be a Scottish Registered Charity in the very near future. As the group are a charity they must hold onto all assets until OCSR agrees on the dissolution. At present, the board of trustees has been given permission by the council to continue to store their assets in Wallbrae Community Rooms.”

The recommendations upon which the committee will be asked to support include approving the "declaration of Wallbrae Community Room, Cumbernauld surplus to the operational requirements of Learning and Leisure Services”; approving the "transfer of responsibility for the Wallbrae Community Room to Corporate Services (Property Services Division)”; in addition to calling upon the committee’s members to refer the report of “surplus requirements” onto the council’s Policy and Resources Regeneration and Infrastructure sub-committee.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Learning and Leisure Services committee will meet on February 4th. 

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