New era for Kirkintilloch landmark as community hub opens

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THE new-look William Patrick Library opens on Monday – now part of the new Kirkintilloch Community Hub.

There was outrage in April when plans were unveiled to reduce the library in size and create a one-stop-shop for council payments within the same building.

More than 1,400 signed a petition against the £500,000 makeover.

Campaigners, including best-selling author Theresa Breslin, organised protests and called for a rethink.

However, the council stuck to its proposals and is now unveiling the hub.

Residents can get information and make payments for a wide range of council and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust services.

These include: council tax; benefits; payments; licensing; housing; general council enquiries; library services; leisure; and the arts.

The Lennoxtown Community Hub is scheduled to open in 2014 while the Bishopbriggs Community Hub is scheduled to open during 2014/15.

The Kirkintilloch hub is officially opened on Monday – the same day as East Dunbartonshire Council’s new civic and corporate headquarters at Southbank Marina.

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

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