RESIDENTS have rallied round to secure the future of a much-loved community hall in Glasgow's South Side.

A committee has formed with a view of ensuring that Corkerhill Neighbourhood Hall remains open.

The Evening Times understands that the existing committee was dwindling in numbers and were overwhelmed with the responsibility of running the hall.

Glasgow City Council therefore stepped in to resolve the issue and ensure that a community hall can remain in the heart of Corkerhill for all residents to enjoy. It is understood the local authority issued the committee with a notice to quit.

Karen Donaldson, who is chairwoman of the committee, said: "It is really down to the community to keep the future of this hall going. We shouldn't take this facility for granted.

"Everyone is on board for the community hall to keep running, it is just a case of getting the relevant people in place to ensure that happens. We also need a commitment from the community to keep it open."

The community hall opened more than 30 years and is home to a variety of clubs from toddlers group to slimming classes.

Founder Mary McKenna said: "When I heard the community hall might be closing down I was disappointed.

"I want to see the community hall being used in the way it was in the past."

She added: "It has to be one of the longest running halls in the city, many have closed down. It would just be disastrous to see it closing down."

Several of the area's politicians have stepped in to ensure that the community hall has a future.

MSP Humza Yousaf said: "I have many community centres and neighbourhood halls in my constituency that provide a vital service to their local community, from youth groups to tackling isolation.

“I would be concerned if the Corkerhill Neighbourhood Hall was to be closed. I have written to Glasgow City Council asking for immediate clarification that this will not be the case. Whatever the future of the hall, it should remain open for the benefit of my constituents.”

Councillor Alex Wilson added: "As the local elected member for the ward I would like the hall to remain open but under the right management who can take the hall forward and engage the whole community.

"The area is lacking in suitable community facilities so it is vital that this community asset is used to maximum potential.

"I would like to see a community engagement exercise to gauge what people would like for their area and what activities the hall could offer."

Glasgow City Council confirmed that they are working with members of the local community to ensure the future of the hall.

A council spokesman said: “Corkerhill Neighbourhood Hall is a valued asset for the local community, and there is no intention to close the building.

"Officers from the council family are working with members of the local community with a view to securing the future of the hall.

"We are committed to ensuring that the best and fullest use of this facility is made.”