Tear down Kirkintilloch Town Hall – it’s just not safe, claims councillor

Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Kirkintilloch Town Hall

A BAN on entering a dilapdiated town hall is proof that it is fit only for demolition.

That’s the view of one outspoken councillor.

The Herald asked the East Dunbartonshire Council to let us see inside the rundown building (pictured in happier times).

However, the council turned down the request on the grounds of health and safety.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy says this shows how much the premises have deteriorated and called again for their demolition.

Councillor Kennedy recently called for the council to “bite the bullet” and knock down the town hall.

He said: “It needs to be pulled down sooner rather than later. If the building is bad on the inside, it must be that bad on the outside. My fear is that a bit of masonry could fall off and hit someone.”

Councillor Kennedy has written to Gerry Cornes, East Dunbartonshire Council’s chief executive, to say that the Herald should be allowed access to look at the damage.

He added: “If we are going to have a meaningful discussion on the future of the town hall then the public must know the condition of the building. The best way for that to be done safely and under controlled circumstances is allowing the Herald access.”

Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust has led a campaign to raise funds to regenerate the building and turn it into a community facility.

The group recently told the Herald that it was confident it can secure funding and that many groups would use the facility.

East Dunbartonshire Council is believed to be considering Cllr Kennedy’s letter.

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