>> 25 February 2014
North Kincardine SNP councillor Alastair Bews has welcomed the announcement by First Minister Alex Salmond that Portlethen Jubilee Hall is to receive £60,000 in Scottish Government regeneration funding to help its refurbishment.
The hall, which was built by the community in 1890 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, is the subject of a local fundraising drive to restore it to its former glory, with work required to bring it up to standard for the 21st century.
Commenting, Cllr Bews said:
“The Jubilee Hall is well-used and is a valued local facility. This funding will be a great help to get the hall back to its former glory.”
The First Minister said the range of activities for people of all ages carried out every day in the historic building showed the Jubilee Hall was “a vital focal point” of the Portlethen community and a valuable local resource that would now benefit from £60,000 from the Scottish Government’s housing and regeneration budget.
Mr Salmond made the announcement as the Scottish cabinet met in Portlethen before carrying out the second in a series of public discussion events designed to allow communities across Scotland to quiz ministers on Scotland’s Future – your guide to an independent Scotland.
First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“The range of classes and events that take place in the hall is impressive, from line dancing to Zumba; mother and baby groups to primary school gym lessons and a community café, every day is busy at the Jubilee Hall. It truly is a vital focal point in the Portlethen community, just as it was when it was first opened in 1890.
“I am therefore delighted to be able to announce that the impressive fundraising efforts which have so far raised thousands towards refurbishing this fantastic facility will be boosted with £60,000 in regeneration funding to help bring it back to its former glory.
“I hope that the new funding will enable the ambitious plans I know the trustees of this fabulous place have to come to fruition and allow the hall to serve the people of Portlethen for many more generations to come.”