Community can back funding bid to turn former cop shop and swimming baths into new facilities



Residents, businesses and community groups can back a funding bid for a new community hub in Renfrew town centre.

Renfrewshire Council has developed initial proposals, which are now being shared with the public ahead of an application to the Leveling Up fund this summer.

The plans set out the refurbishment of the vacant former police station and enhancements at Renfrew Victory Baths to create a combined community facility.

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Included in the hub proposals are better pool facilities and a spa and wellness center to upgrade the offer at the popular baths, which celebrated its centenary last year.

There are also plans for the hub to have a regional dance, gymnastics and fitness center open for all ages and groups.

And alongside new community spaces, it could house a library and learning center with digital facilities, relocating Renfrew Library into the town centre.

The public’s views will feed into a funding application in the second round of the UK Government fund, which supports investment in local infrastructure and community assets.

If successful, further detailed public consultation would be carried out to refine the proposals.

Chief Economic and Regeneration Officer George Hunter said: “Development of this town center community hub would be a fantastic facility for local residents and visitors to Renfrew alike and we are keen to hear what people think about the initial plans.

“Complementing what’s on offer at Renfrew Town Hall, the hub would provide inclusive, modern town center facilities everyone can access, giving people more reasons to spend local in Renfrew and importantly ensure the long-term future of two well-known, historic buildings.

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“The Leveling Up fund is a competitive bid process so we are looking for local residents, businesses and community groups to complete the feedback survey and send their support.”

People can read more about the proposals and complete the feedback survey at www.ironsidefarrar.com/renfrew.html

Messages of support are also welcomed – these can be emailed to the project team at [email protected]

A public exhibition is also open at Renfrew Victory Baths including weekends from Tuesday, May 24 until Monday, June 6 (closed Thursday, June 2), with a drop-in session scheduled from noon to 5.30pm on Wednesday, June 1 where members of the project team will be available to discuss the proposals in person.

The council secured more than £38million in funding in the first round of the Leveling Up fund towards improved transport links between Paisley and the manufacturing district AMIDS, which represented the third highest award across the UK.

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