“Renton Community Development Trust which operates the Carman Centre has seen it’s income slashed by […]
Renton Community Development Trust (RCDT) was established in 2004 to further develop the regeneration progress already being made in the village of Renton and to look at ways of developing the skills that exist in the community to ensure its long-term sustainability and viability.
In 2009 the board of directors from both RCDT and The Carman Social Inclusion Centre decided that due to development opportunities that both companies should merge into one charitable organisation under the RCDT trade mark.
2014 has seen a seismic change in Renton with the take over of the local housing association and the reduction in income for RCDT, this has led to major decisions being taken none more so than the closure of The Carman Centre by RCDT and the agreement by the members of Cordale Housing association to form a partnership between themselves and Caledonia Housing Association.
RCDT now owns and runs one centre in Renton namely The John Connolly Centre on Main Street, this houses a boxing club, The Strathleven Artisans, dance classes, an anti-sectarian project, breakfast club, bingo, AA meeting, Foodshare, Radio Hams, Mothers and toddlers and RCDT staff, its also home to a war memorial erected to the heroes from West Dunbartonshire who fought Franco’s fascists in Spain.
RCDT are currently looking at having a feasibility study conducted into the suitability of a water turbine, solar energy and intend to return to the people of Renton this year asking for the villages views and input into a new village plan which will highlight the facilities and services that the people want in Rentons future.