Flagship building not flogged to Tesco, insists council

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FOR sale signs have not been hammered into the ground outside the council HQ in Kirkintilloch – but it will be empty by August.

Rumours continue to circulate that Tom Johnston House is being sold off to a major supermarket group.

However, the Herald has been told there is no deal and the site is not even up for sale.

East Dunbartonshire Council will vacate the building on Lenzie Road by this August – leaving a massive question mark over a major part of the local landscape.

Radical plans are taking shape to set up a community hub at William Patrick Library and shift the council’s civic and corporate HQ into Southbank Marina in time for Tom Johnston House closing.

Grace Irvine, the council’s head of assets and property management, scotched rumours that the vacated site is currently being sold to a major supermarket group.

She told the Herald: “Tom Johnston House is not currently up for sale and the decision on the future of the building will be a matter for a future council to consider.”

At a meeting of the council’s policy and resources committee last Thursday, a report outlined plans to place a community hub on the ground floor of the William Patrick Library.

The library would become the first stop for residents wishing to do everything from paying a council tax bill to finding out about the latest events in the area.

And the council insists that the hub will have no detrimental impact on the existing library services.

The report states: “Customers of either service will be able to use all facilities and it is anticipated that this will result in increased customer numbers for both services.

“All current library functions will continue to be provided at the site, including the learning suite, the cafe and the people’s network computers.”

The new civic and corporate headquarters at Southbank Marina will only be open to members of the public attending council meetings or visiting their local councillor.

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