Thursday 28th July 2022,
North Edinburgh Community News

Local community project ‘facing closure’ over funding deficit says local MP

Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre is facing closure unless it can find £80,000 before July a local MP has claimed.

Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has said that the centre must find the cash in order to meet overhead costs by July or they will be forced to close.

Local MP Christine Jardine
A campaigner for Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre outside the City Chambers at a ‘Save Our Services’ protest in 2018. (Picture: North Edinburgh Community News)

She has pleaded with those elected to the council to meet with the representatives from the Centre to ensure it is saved.

Ms Jardine, said “This is a vital asset for the community and since 1995, has been providing essential support for all age ranges in the Drylaw area.

“It is somewhere all ages can get together either in organised groups or just for a chat. That is especially important for those who are living on their own such as elderly residents. Losing this facility would have a huge impact on the well-being of the community.”

Despite applying for various funding such as the Postcode Lottery and the Council, they have found themselves with just three months until the deadline and without any funding reprieve for the overhead running of the centre in sight.

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