Can Kirkintilloch Town Hall still be saved?

Kirkintilloch Town Hall 29.6.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch Town Hall 29.6.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

AMBITIOUS plans are still alive to restore Kirkintilloch Town Hall to its former glory.

The Herald can reveal that representatives from Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust are to meet with council planning chiefs to discuss the condition of the building.

The trust was dealt a blow last year when a bid for a £1million grant from the Big Lottery Fund was unsuccessful.

The trust has mounted a tireless campaign to raise funds to regenerate the building and turn it into a community facility after it was closed by East Dunbartonshire Council in 2004.

Many residents were disappointed that the town hall could not be open for recent celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Kirkintilloch becoming a Barony Burgh.

The trust was hopeful of winning further council backing after plans for a new arts and cultural centre on the banks of the canal were mothballed last year.

Dr Geoff Allan, chairperson of Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust, said: “When the Big Lottery turned us down, one of the reasons was that they felt we were at cross purposes with the council.

“We have been in touch with the council and hope to have a better relationship with them.

“Even if they were to put in a small amount of money, it would be indicative of their support and help us with the application.

“Another reason they turned us down is because we don’t have that many young people on the committee, so we are keen for more to join us.”

Dr Allan added: “In due course we hope to submit a new application to the Big Lottery Fund and we want to be involved in the town centre regeneration plan.”

The dilapidated town hall annexe building was demolished last year and the trust has plans in place for a new extension to be built. It’s thought this could be used as offices and help sustain a restored main hall.