No new facility for community ... but it will be revamped!

Hillhead Community Centre, Kirkintilloch. 5.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Hillhead Community Centre, Kirkintilloch. 5.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

PLANS to build a new centre in Kirkintilloch have been put on ice.

However, after more than 65 years, a popular community centre is being given a make-over.

Hillhead Community Centre is being painted in a move to spruce up the building in Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch.

The work is being carried out to the building - which was originally used as a military hospital - over nine weeks.

The centre is a popular facility and is used by a wide range of groups from a boxing club to a pensioners’ club, and for local politicians’ surgeries.

It’s hoped that the centre will be replaced with new premises when funds become available.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council said: “The council continues to support the principle of replacing Hillhead Community Centre with a new facility and a bid was made for funding from the council’s general services capital programme in 2011-12.

“Unfortunately, given the many competing demands on the capital programme and the current funding constraints it was, regrettably, not possible to include this project as one that could proceed in the current funding round.”

He added: “The council continues to look for external funding opportunities, but these are unfortunately limited at present.

“Given planning permission is already in place for a new Hillhead Centre, should funding be secured at an early date, the project could be quickly progressed.”