Council in talks over historic building

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COUNCIL chiefs are in talks over the future of Huntershill House, in Bishopbriggs.

The historic building was put up for sale by East Dunbartonshire Council in October last year.

Back in the 18th century the property - which is on the Buildings at Risk register - was the home of Thomas Muir, widely recognised as the ‘Father of Scottish Democracy’.

In recent times the B-listed building has become a target for vandals.

Jimmy Watson, vice-chairman of the Friends of Thomas Muir group, said: “I’ve heard there has been no interest in the property and I am disappointed.

“This raises concerns for the future security of the house. Hopefully the council can find a solution to the problem.”

However, East Dunbartonshire Council insist they are in discussions with interested parties, but would not confirm how many.

A report will be sent to the council’s development and infrastructure committee in due course.

In September last year, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of assets and property services, Grace Irvine, told the Herald: “The onus will be on the developer to prepare a scheme which will retain and refurbish Huntershill House, and provide a new changing pavilion along with some residential development.”

She told the Herald this week: “The initial marketing period for the redevelopment of Huntershill House and playing fields closed on January 13.

“Discussions are taking place with interested parties and a further report will be submitted to committee in due course recommending a future course of action.”