- Who is Corstorphine Community Centre (CCC)?
CCC is the new name for the charity which owns the Kirk Loan site and currently operates Community Activities from the Hub in St Johns Road. It was formed by amalgamating The Corstorphine Public Hall Ltd and Corstorphine Youth and Community Centre.
- How can I help?
The members of the board running CCC are all volunteers and we currently have vacancies for interested parties to join. However you do not have to join the board to help, you can volunteer in the shop, with activities or fundraising.
- What is Current Position on the Rebuild?
Feb 2019 – In discussions to establish how we can reduce the estimated rebuild cost
June 2017 – Site cleared and full Planning Permission and Building Control Warrant in place.
- I heard the building was not insured?
Many people do not realise the building was in 2 parts, both separately owned. The “Old Library” to the left was not insured. The Public Hall itself was fully insured.
- Who actually owns the building?
The “Old Library” recently developed as 2 flats, is owned privately. The Public Hall site is now owned by Corstorphine Community Centre, a registered SCIO (Charity number SC046009).
- The estimated rebuild cost seems very high?
We have engaged Professionals to provide estimates but will not know final costs until a contract is signed with a builder.
- Why is the hall not being rebuilt as it was?
The design of the hall was no longer fit for use, with inadequate toilet facilities, and not disabled friendly and we wish to provide a modern, flexible space that meets all current building, legal and health & safety standards. Unfortunately this does mean an increase in the cost of rebuilding
- Why not build what we can afford with current funds?
The new building must produce enough revenue to fund all the core costs for the community activities run by the organisation. As we no longer receive funding from the City of Edinburgh Council and having undertaken extensive financial projections to ensure the centres viability it would not do so without all the planned spaces.
- Will the front façade of the building look the same?
Yes it will look identical from Kirk Loan as this facade is being retained/rebuilt. However this does add to the cost of the rebuild.
- Why not apply to the National Lottery for funding?
The charity trustees spent much time and effort in 2018 doing exactly that, which has contributed to the delay as no work was allowed as this progressed. The CCC Rebuild was one of only seven projects from throughout Scotland that made it to this final stage. Unfortunately the application was refused for funding, despite being praised for its content and the work being undertaken.
- Who will operate the new building?
Corstorphine Community Centre has combined the two former organisations (Corstorphine Public Hall and Corstorphine Youth and Community Centre) into one, and will in future own and run the rebuilt facility and its activities.