Groups win approval but may lose cash

Dobbie Hall
Dobbie Hall

Groups which help educate and develop the community all got the thumbs up from the local authority.

But they may not get as much funding in the coming year.

Falkirk Council’s external scrutiny committee met last Thursday to discuss the performance of organisations which the council provided a total of £144,167 for in 2014/15. The impact of a potential reduction in funding from the council was also looked at for each organisation.

The Dobbie Hall Trust, which received a direct grant of £14,356 from the council last year, was highlighted as the project which was perhaps most at risk if council funding was to be cut back.

The trust stated the historic building in Larbert, which is the venue for keep fit classes, amateur dramatic groups and various entertainment events, now requires an estimated £192,000 for maintenance work to take place.

Councillor John Patrick said: “The Dobbie Hall provides a vitally important service and I think the £192,000 to fix it might be a very modest estimation.”

Council officers said they were now working with the trust to try and secure external funding for the works.

The Dennyloanhead Community Project, which received a direct grant of £11,933 from the council, aims to improve the quality of life to those at risk of disadvantage or exclusion in the area and provides a facility for 18 regular groups.

Councillor Charles MacDonald said: “Anything like this which takes youngsters away from anti-social behaviour happening in our communities is great.”

Members also heard about the Power Station in Whitecross, which received a direct grant of £10,302.

The project, which has a new management committee, aims to provide a range of learning and development activities for young people and adults, support safer communities and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Gordon Hughes said: “It’s a fabulous project which has grown into something even better.”