A popular Clydebank community centre owned by West Dunbartonshire Council is to be leased to a gymnastics club despite concerns from local organisations. 

During the most recent infrastructure, regeneration and economic development (IRED) committee members were asked to approve the lease of the Hub on Kilbowie Road to Dynamite Gymnastics Club for 25 years from the end of January 2025. 

In March 2023, as part of savings options put forward to address a £21 million budget gap, members agreed to review community facility provision, across West Dunbartonshire.

The Hub, which offers a sports hall used for activities such as badminton, short tennis and 5-a-side football, was not part of this initial review.

But Dynamite Gymnastics Club, formed in 2004 to provide gymnastics activities for children and young people, and based at North Avenue Clydebank, is seeking a new location when their current lease expires and identified the Hub as a new location. 

A report presented to councillors ensured that the gymnastics club will work with the existing users of the Hub and the West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust in the coming months to ensure existing uses can be maintained. 

During the IRED committee a spokesperson of one of the user groups of the HUB asked for assurances that the activities already on offer will be unaffected and for the decision to be postponed. 

They said: “The Hub offers organisations that improve the area that makes a difference in young people’s lives, across West Dunbartonshire.

“We have a proven track record of partnership working with the Common Good. We don’t have any information, history or relationship with Dynamite Gymnastics.

“We have concerns on the impact today’s decision will have on our own services we provide children and young people and families.

“Before any decision is made we would like to seek assurance that we will still be able to continue to deliver these services to our groups.”

After listening to these concerns Labour formally moved the recommendations to allow the Hub to be leased to the gymnastics club but the SNP moved an amendment.

Chairman and Labour councillor David McBride said: “I would like to formally move the recommendations of this report.

“This council is trying to protect the services that are intact. This is a decision that is easier than some because we are not cutting staff. We are protecting that aspect in going forward.

“This is not an easy decision to make – by any standards.”

SNP councillor Sophie Traynor moved an amendment to continue the discussion to allow for further information to be presented on how the lease would impact the groups who already use the Hub. 

Following the meeting councillor Traynor posted on X, formally Twitter: “The amendment called for a continuation of this item due to my belief that we did not have all the information necessary to allow the committee to make a full and informed decision on this matter. 

“This was voted down by the Labour administration who pushed through with the recommendations despite concerns raised from various user groups of the facility who were seeking reassurance about the plans going forward.

“This amendment was not a rejection by me today for the proposed group taking over the lease. However, as ward councillor I represent all of the community and need to make decisions as such. I had to ensure that this was beneficial for the wider area as well as the proposed group.”