The town of Helensburgh, located on Scotland's beautiful West Coast, has a remarkably rich cultural heritage for such a small area. From the inventor of television, to a multi Oscar nominated actress, a UK Prime Minister to the pioneers of the Glasgow Boys movement. The influence of the people that have lived or worked in the Burgh extends far beyond the boundaries of the Firth of Clyde. And yet there is little tangible evidence within the Helensburgh area to celebrate and embrace their achievements. Helensburgh Heroes is a non profit making organisation that has been created by local Helensburgh people with the specific intent of procuring, delivering and managing leisure and arts facilities that will educate, inform and above all inspire future generations to become tomorrows Heroes... One of the saddest sights within the Helensburgh area is that of the former Clyde Street School lying derelict and decaying. This B listed building was originally designed by A N Paterson in 1903, as a 2-storey school in Scottish revival style.Until a few years ago, the school complex was used by a large number of local organisations for their meetings and for a variety of adult classes. The building is currently owned by the local authority, and is now the subject of Argyll and Bute Council's property rationalisation plan. Under this plan several local Council offices will be relocated into one central accessible building, and the prefered choice is the Clyde Street Centre. Whilst the restoration and re-use of the Centre would be welcomed, it must be considered a great opportunity missed, if a more imaginative and striking use for the building could not be found.A building that would honour the men and woman from the area that have given so much to the society in which we now live. Given that the building has served the local community so well so many decades, it would be both symbolic and fitting to return the building to the community as a centre of learning and inspiration. Helensburgh Heroes proposes that the building is restored and converted into a Living Arts centre that can be used by both the local community and visiting tourists 365 days per year, whilst also housing the Council Offices. Helensburgh Heroes is currently preparing a bid for the Centre but needs urgent support. The Heroes' plans for the building include: Multi Media Facilities Music Studios and rehearsal rooms Meeting Rooms Family Film Themed Diner Cinema Function Suite Wedding Suite Art Rooms Exhibition Space Landscaped Gardens Central Council Offices The Helensburgh Heroes needs public support for the plans to ensure that the Local Authority heeds the call for a restored Clyde Street Centre building that truly serves the local community.
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Judy Henderson, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: This is exactly the kind of thing that Helensburgh needs and the Clyde Street School is a beautiful building which deserves to be restored and made vibrant again.
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