Demolition work gets underway at former clinic

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BULLDOZERS have moved in to demolish a vandal-hit building.

The disused Townhead Clinic, in Lenzie Road, Kirkintilloch, has lain empty since a new state-of-the-art healthcare centre opened in nearby Saramago Street in 2009.

Builders are due to move into the council-owned site in May to create 16 new flats, a pharmacy and “parking courtyard”.

East Dunbartonshire Council has also committed to spend more than £16,000 on recreation space.

The authority has also agreed that the Co-op Jubilee clock – which used to have pride of place on the Lenzie Road side of the building – will be restored and reinstated on the side of the new flats when they are complete.

In November last year the Herald reported that vandals had been smashing unsecured windows and lighting multiple small fires in the grounds of the building.

Kenny Simpson, head of housing and community services at the council, said: “The council, in partnership with Sanctuary Scotland, is in the process of appointing a building contractor to construct 16 flats and one retail unit on site and building work is expected to be complete by July 2014.”

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