A historic town centre building is a step closer to being saved from the bulldozer thanks to £1.1million in regeneration cash.
As part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s ambitious Kirkintilloch Town Centre masterplan - recently greenlighted by councillors - it’s been proposed to transform Kirkintilloch Town Hall into a centre for arts, culture and community activity.
Previous plans to build an arts and cultural centre at Southbank Marina were abandoned due to a lack of cash.
Now the Scottish Government’s regeneration capital grant fund has pledged £600,000 to save the dilapidated 107-year-old building, which has lain empty for nine years and has now been identified as a priority by the council following extensive public consultation.
A further £500,000 of match funding has been promised by the Scottish Futures Trust, in addition to a £475,000 Historic Scotland grant announced earlier this year.
It’s thought that it will take around £6million to restore the B-listed town hall to its former glory.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I am delighted at the good news that we have secured £1.1million towards the cost of the exciting Kirkintilloch Town Hall regeneration project.
“Officers within development and regeneration have been working incredibly hard to secure funding to bring this landmark building back into use.
“However, it must be stressed that we are still reliant on further funding to ensure the project can go ahead.
“I am hopeful we will be successful.”
Councillor Geekie added: “It is an important part of the recently-approved Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan, which contains a host of superb developments and ideas to regenerate the area.
“We very much value the support of funders such as the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland and Scottish Futures Trust. We have been delighted to work in partnership with Kirkintilloch Town Hall Restoration Trust and others on this project.“