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Community wants to buy Maddiston fire HQ

Maddiston Community Council has ambitious plans to buy the centre once it is empty. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (112172)

Maddiston Community Council has ambitious plans to buy the centre once it is empty. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (112172)

 

Members of a community council are forming a trust to secure funding to bring better facilities and services to the area.

Community leaders in the Braes want to generate more cash by setting up the Maddiston Community Company.

According to the community council, Maddiston has the highest proportion of children and teenagers in the Falkirk district in an area of deprivation, high unemployment and low incomes and has limited facilities to cater for a growing community. They say residents are frustrated the village has been “overlooked” in terms of social infrastructure

One of their ambitious plans is to use new Scottish Government Community Right To Buy powers to purchase the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service control centre in the village once it is empty to turn into a leisure and business hub. The building, in the heart of the community, has been deemed surplus to requirements by the service and will be sold off to cut costs and increase frontline service delivery in Scotland.

Community councilconvenor Jacqueline McDevitt said: “In recent years the village has expanded rapidly from around 2000 to 5000 and it compares unfavourably with other areas in respect of public investment in facilities.

“The absence of facilities for all age groups in our society leads to both social tensions and problems and underlines the belief of many residents that the village has been overlooked.”

A spokeswoman for the fire service said the “disposal” of the Maddiston centre was part of a wider property “rationalisation” plan.

She added: “Specific plans to release these assets are still being developed and at present no timetable or disposal programme has been agreed with regards to Maddiston or any other premises captured within this strategic programme.”

 

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