New £1.5million Dalmonach Community Centre and Nursery plans revealed


Plans for the new £1.15million Dalmonach Community Centre and Nursery have been revealed.

But one neighbour is objecting because he is worried it will cause more noise and “careless parking” nearby.

The proposals have been officially tabled by the council and will be discussed by the authority’s planning committee later this year.

One resident who stays on First Avenue, where the community centre is situated, fears the development will become more popular than the current facility, creating more hassle for neighbours.

He said: “My objections are based on the impact of increased traffic in the immediate area and the potential increase of noise during evening community events, such as music and dance performances and their associated rehearsals.

“Safety and noise are my main concerns. Currently we have the Dalmonach nursery and limited evening activities (in this venue) and this is tolerated, without complaint, despite thoughtless parking and occasional noise disturbance.

“The thoughtless parking generally takes place by day and noise in the evenings. My fear is that as the venue extends and naturally becomes busier instances of thoughtless parking and noise pollution will increase.

“It has to be borne in mind that this narrow street is also a main bus route and thoughtless or careless parking increases the risk of an accident and there are many pets and children in the area.”

The Dalmonach Centre, was forced to close in January 2016 following serious damage to its flat roof. The building is more than 30 years old and was operated on behalf of the council by West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust.

Since the closure, groups who use the facility have been provided with alternative accommodation but they are looking forward to going back to Dalmonach.

In the meantime groups have been given access to a £4000 fund to cover additional travel costs.

Members of the public and groups can still make representations on the plans by logging on to the planning section of the West Dunbartonshire Council website.

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