The opening of the new public space.
The opening of the new public space.

A new public square has been officially opened in Kirkintilloch - paving the way for a brighter future while celebrating the past.

The revitalised space has been created at Barleybank, in the town centre, with the creation of an open square, new boat-themed seating and a decked area overlooking the canal.

Work also included increasing the accessibility of the canal towpath by making the ramp less steep and developing a stepped area.

The ‘Barleybank Public Realm Project’ ties in with the centenary of the iconic St Mary’s Parish Church building nearby.

A time capsule has been buried at the site - marked by a commemorative stone - containing a wealth of treasures saved from celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Kirkintilloch becoming a Barony Burgh, in 2011.

The new public square incorporates a bronze plaque presented by Soroptimist International of Kirkintilloch & District.

Following much research and fundraising by Soroptimists, the plaque - which features former industries for which Kirkintilloch was famed - was erected on-site by the council.

In recognition of the centenary of St Mary’s, a line from the Book of Ecclesiastes has been inscribed on to the stone where the church wall has been removed - ‘for everything there is a season’.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I am delighted to officially open the new square at Barleybank - it’s a wonderful project which has created seating, landscaping and better access to the canal, as well as a decked area looking over the waterway.

“It has been very exciting to see the development take shape at Barleybank and it now offers a great public space for small events.”

The project is part of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan - which aims to create “a reinvigorated heart for Kirkintilloch that is vibrant, welcoming and attractive”.