Turn council HQ into new ‘town hall’ for Kirkintilloch

TJ HOUSE 8.2.10 PICTURE BY JAMIE FORBES
TJ HOUSE 8.2.10 PICTURE BY JAMIE FORBES

A CAMPAIGNING councillor is calling for Tom Johnston House in Kirkintilloch to be transformed into a community facility if the derelict town hall building is demolished.

The council is moving its offices to Southbank Marina later this year and TJ House will be added to its ‘for sale’ list.

However, Councillor Kennedy says the bottom floor of the building could be transformed into a town hall or community centre, with committee rooms.The second floor could be used as a base for some council services and rooms for councillors, and meeting rooms could be created on the top floor of the building.

Councillor Kennedy recently called on the council to demolish the derelict town hall buidling that was closed back in 2004.

He said: “If the town hall is beyond repair, as many of us believe it is, then there needs to be an alternative meeting place.

“The idea of demolishing Tom Johnston House when the council moves out is appalling, as is the suggestion that councillors, in particular, should move to the remote and anonymous buildings at the marina.To demolish the town hall without providing an alternative community meeting place is totally unacceptable. For a majority of people I think the notion that Tom Johnston House should be demolished, just 25 years after it was opened, is simply not acceptable in these days of economic restraint.”

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Consideration will be given to Councillor Kennedy’s letter and a response provided in due course.”