Lennoxtown building which contained historical co-operative society to be bulldozed

Don Martin
Don Martin

Councillors have voted to demolish a building which was once home to what is reputedly the world’s oldest co-operative society.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board last week gave the all-clear for the Lennoxtown building to be razed to make way for a new community hub.

It was despite an impassioned argument from Don Martin, the council’s former assistant manager of information and archives.

He pointed out that the 200th anniversary of the Victualling Society was celebrated across Lennoxtown, while an application to get the building ‘listed’ only failed because the building was not occupied by the society when it was first set up in 1812, but 66 years later.

He added: “In a historical sense this building is more important to its community than most of the listed ‘little houses’ elsewhere.”

The council is planning to dedicate part of the hub to local history.

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