Hall to play for in Lennoxtown

DETERMINED residents are looking into taking over the management of their village facility.

More than 150 people attended a public meeting to talk over plans for Campsie Memorial Hall in Lennoxtown.

Around 35 residents signed up to be on a committee to look at managing the historic building.

A number of halls are set for the chop after cost-cutting East Dunbartonshire Council announced that those used less than 30 hours a week could face closure.

However, the council has been consulting with user groups to see if they want to take over the management of the under-threat premises.

Campsie Memorial Hall was built in 1868 and is popular with a number of groups, including HANDS (Have a Natter Discuss and Share), a youth club, ball skills sessions and Campsie Horticultural Society.

Resident Kathy Chappelle, who uses the hall, said: "We were delighted that so many people came forward to say they would be on the Save Our Hall committee.

"We're not just going to let it be closed down. It's a well used hall and people rely on it. The building is ideal for storing equipment which can't be stored anywhere else.

"We are going to do everything we can to fight it. We have started a petition which can be signed in the hall or the library."

A council spokesperson said the halls consultation closed on May 7, the results are being analysed and a report produced.

She added: "This will be considered by council at its meeting on June 30 and a decision will then be taken on the steps in this process."