As a rule I never respond to rumours or gossip because as most of you know only too well this would be a full time job in itself; but on this occasion I feel that it is important that I address one of the latest rumours as it is causing distress to some of the people who use our facilities.
Firstly can I completely dismiss the myth that the Carman Centre is closing, this was a rumour started by some, maybe one individual that has grown arms and legs and is utter nonsense. I understand that one of the reasons for this rumour having any credence is partly due to service provision changing in the centre, this is due to the space now open to us through the refurbishment of MA Centre allowing certain groups, classes and services to move to a more suitable premise.
The breakfast club has been moved to MA Centre due to it having a large games hall, pool tables, music system and larger toilets this is all more conducive to young people enjoying a breakfast then activities. Another area of the business which we are in consultation to relocate is the lunch club, the lunch club which is currently held in the Carman Centre provides support and a three course meal for the people of Renton and the wider communities of Alexandria and Dumbarton. We are in a very fortunate position that Carman also run services in Waterside View which is a 40 apartment extra care facility owned by Cordale Housing Association. This facility is one of, if not the best extra care facilities in the UK with large flats suitable for two people and expansive communal areas, it is in these communal areas that we are proposing to situate the lunch club, specifically in the cafe area. The idea for this move came about after an event was arranged in Waterside where tenants from the building and the lunch club members came together to say goodbye to a former member of staff, the feedback we received was that it would be nice if the two groups could come together more regularly. It is important to highlight however that at this time we have still got work and consultation to do with the tenants from both Waterside and the lunch club before any decision is taken.
The Carman centre will retain it offices, library, and cafe for the school children and the general public, in fact we intend to start a toddlers group in the very near future in the library area, so if this is of interest please pop in and see Jackie. We are in the latter stages of negotiations to buy the former Renton EEC from WDC and to re-open it hopefully with an increased provision and we are in talks about the development of a windfarm which will see a large financial return to Renton for years to come.
One last thing; please and I cannot emphasise this enough, if you wish to know something about RCDT, The Carman Centre or any other areas of the business come in and see us, starting and spreading rumours may seem fun for some people but this one especially has led to many people becoming anxious and stressed.