Former library put to new use in Westhill

Councillors have backed a proposal which will see a Westhill health and wellbeing group move into the town’s old library premises.

Westhill Menshed Group was set up with support from the Garioch Community Planning Group as it was felt there was a need to support underemployed or retired people, in particular males, in the area.

The group applied for a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of the old library building in Westhill.

The building has been vacant since the library moved to new premises at Westhill Primary last year.

The Menshed Group will use the building as a hub.

They would meet to encourage active involvement and healthy lifestyles.

The group has also identified opportunities such as mentoring young people and hope to work with local schools to develop such projects.

The application was evaluated by council officers as having significant benefits for Westhill, particularly with regard to community wellbeing and health.

The application received unanimous support from at the Garioch Area Committee in August.

Councillors at a Policy and Resources meeting today supported the proposal which will see the Menshed Group move to the old library on a five year lease.

The group will pay an annual rent of £100.