DRUMCHAPEL charity groups have pleaded for support to save the local community centre amid fears it won’t reopen.

Thriving Places, G15 Youth Project, 3D Drumchapel and the area's community centre penned an open letter to Glasgow Life after it emerged only 61 sites had been selected as part of a phased reopening approach.

The future for the charity's other 110 venues remains uncertain.

It states the groups have been left "disappointed and astonished" the community centre on Kinfauns Drive was not scheduled to reopen.

The charities urged Glasgow Life to provide a timeline on the centre's reopening and advice on how to continue operating their services while it's closed.

In a letter seen by our sister paper, the Glasgow Times, chief executive Dr Bridget McConnell told 3D Drumchapel bosses all options remain on the table.

The letter states: “Against this financial backdrop and, while we don’t know when or how restrictions will end, we cannot plan to reactivate all of the 171 sites and venues in the property portfolio.

“We are acutely aware this will disappoint people given their role at the heart of communities in the city and because they often provide lifelines for their users or pathways to a better, more fulfilled life.

“However much we would like to ensure people who fear for the future of sites, venues and services they love, we must ensure the longer term sustainable business model for Glasgow Life.

“We will continue to pursue every option available to us to meet this unprecedented challenge the charity faces.”

She added: “A compelling case can be made for reopening every one of those 171 sites, however, our recovery planning must balance emerging city priorities with supporting the re-activation of the city.

“None of this planning is being done without regard to its impact.”

A spokesman for Glasgow Life said: “We have been very clear that the financial challenge facing Glasgow Life because of Covid-19 is unprecedented.

“We know people love and value the services and venues we deliver but since lockdown began we have lost £12 million of income from memberships and ticket sales to-date and expect to lose tens of millions by the end of the financial year.

"It is essential for Glasgow Life that we develop an operational model that is sustainable now and in the future.

“The fundamental principle that informs which venues and services can restart is the financial landscape that Glasgow Life will have to operate within for the foreseeable future.

“We’ve offered to meet 3D Drumchapel to discuss their immediate requirements while that model is developed.”