Homegrown hero’s house to go on the market

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THE “for sale” sign is going up at an historic building.

Huntershill House, in Bishopbriggs, is owned by East Dunbartonshire Council and is currently on the Buildings at Risk register.

The council is planning to put the property on the market later this month.

Prospective buyers will be asked to submit proposals to preserve the B-listed building.

Huntershill House was home at one time to Thomas Muir, the man regarded by many as the ‘Father of Scottish Democracy’.

Jimmy Watson, vice chairman of the Friends of Thomas Muir group, said: “I’m delighted that a decision has been made about Huntershill House. The fact the council is saying the house is going to be reinstated and preserved sounds very positive.

“Hopefully, the council will be able to find a buyer who will restore the house to its former glory.”

Concerns about the state of the building, which had been targeted in a series of break-ins earlier this year, had been raised by a number of groups including Bishopbriggs Community Council.

It is now hoped the sale will help preserve the house for future generations.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “We would welcome any plans that would see Huntershill House protected.

“It’s a historic asset that we don’t want to lose. We would be interested to see exact details of any plans or proposals.”

Grace Irvine, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of assets and property services, confirmed Huntershill House will go on the market in October, with a “view to attracting development proposals which will be of benefit to the community.”