Public given chance to check out plans for iconic town hall

People are being offered a glimpse of the future for an iconic building which has fallen into disrepair.

East Dunbartonshire Council is working to bring Kirkintilloch Town Hall back into use - transforming it into a multi-purpose facility as part of a regeneration scheme.

Progress has been made and residents can find out more by visiting the vacant Wheel Nuts Unit, at 4a Catherine Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LJ, from 10am-5pm, on Thursday, December 4; Saturday December 6; Tuesday, December 9; and from 2-5pm on Saturday, December 13.

Council officers will also be offering information on the Cowgate Street Design Project. Both developments are key parts of Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan.

External funds of £1.57million have been secured for the Kirkintilloch Town Hall project from a range of sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The plan is for the hall to retain its facade, but for a major redesign inside.

Work is expected to take place in spring/summer 2015, with regeneration works beginning in the autumn. It is estimated the new-look facility could be open by autumn 2016.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It is exciting to see plans for the regenerated Kirkintilloch Town Hall take shape.

“I want to commend everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this stage.

“It’s important to bear in mind that the aim is not to recreate the town hall as it was built more than a century ago, but to develop a flexible space which will be popular with people and groups of all ages - and for a variety of different uses.

“There is a significant challenge ahead to ensure the new facility offers high-quality benefits while being value for money.

“I hope as many people as possible take the chance to look at the exciting proposals for the town hall.”