Major new centre boost for Kirkintilloch community in need

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PLANS for a new £2.5million community centre have been given the go-ahead.

Councillors gave the green light for the new Hillhead Community Centre at a recent planning board meeting.

It will replace the current building, which is more than 80 years old.

The facility will have flexible spaces designed around community priorities and will enable local groups and organisations in Hillhead to grow while offering local people a social place to meet.

It’s good news for the area and locals will be pleased that the current building will be demolished.

Last week’s Herald reported that a concerned dad called for the centre to be brought down. He said that the building was constantly being targeted by vandals since it was closed in March.

Demolition work will start next month and the new building is expected to be complete by the end of June next year.

Designs for the new centre were recently put on display at an information session.

The council said users of the old community centre were central to developing the new design through an extensive consultation process.

Questionnaires were issued to schools and churches as well as those already involved with the centre, so that the new building incorporated feedback from a wide mix of local residents.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board, said: “I welcome the planning committee’s decision to approve the new Hillhead Community Centre.

“This is the next stage and is a significant development for the local area.”

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