You can’t go near the town hall ... and that’s official!

Cllr Charles Kennedy outside Kirkintilloch Town Hall.  26.10.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllr Charles Kennedy outside Kirkintilloch Town Hall. 26.10.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

WARNING, do not enter – that was the advice for the Herald when we tried to gain access to Kirkintilloch Town Hall.

Following our front page article earlier this month, when Councillor Charles Kennedy called on East Dunbartonshire Council to ‘bite the bullet’ and demolish the rundown building, we asked the local authority to let us see inside the premises.

However, the council turned down the Herald’s request for access on the grounds of health and safety.

The premises have lain empty since being closed in 2004 by the council’s then Lib Dem administration.

Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust has worked tirelessly to raise funds to restore the building, but seven years after its closure the doors remain shut.

Following the Herald’s request, Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The council has a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of members of the public and its own employees while on council premises.

“The town hall is a derelict building and it would be neither safe nor appropriate to allow access to the public.”