THE future of one of Kirkintilloch’s most famous buildings is in your hands.
That’s the message as plans to rejuvenate the town hall move forward.
Kirkintilloch Town Hall has lain empty and forlorn since 2004, but a dedicated band of campaigners never gave up the fight to return it to its former glory.
They celebrated in the summer when the council announced it was finally backing the restoration of the B-listed building.
Now cash is being sought for the £4.75million project – part of an ambitious Kirkintilloch masterplan to regenerate the area.
Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust will be holding their last AGM this Saturday, October 6, in Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare at 11am.
The trust is being wound up in its present form so a new body can be set up as a Scottish charitable organisation.
Spokesperson David Whitton said: “The new group will probably be called Kirkintilloch Town Hall Restoration Trust, as we are now hopeful for the future following the formation of the Town Centre Champions Group, which we are part of, and the fact the town hall is an intregal part of the town centre regeneration plan.
“We’d like to get more people involved in the new group so the AGM is open to anyone who would like to come along.
“We’d particularly like representatives of groups who might use the hall to attend.”
He added: “The fact the council is now on board is a vindication of eight years of effort by those who have served on the trust board for all that time – people like Pam McGaughrin and the late Geoff Allan.
“As part of the consultation about what people wanted in the town centre it came across that they wanted a venue that would bring people into the area at night.
“For our size of town we do not have an arts and culture venue.”
Kirkintilloch Town Hall opened in 1906 and cost £11,000 to build – paid for mainly by public subscription. It closed in 2004 amid safety fears.
Thomas Glen, the council’s head of development and enterprise, said: “The council has applied to the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, which is operated by Historic Scotland, for a total funding application of £1.25million.
“This funding is for a package of projects within the Kirkintilloch town centre conservation area and the town hall is a major one of these. The programme of work on the town hall is estimated to require £4.75million of funding, with the outcome of this application being confirmed in January 2013.
“In the meantime, we’re looking into other funding options.”