Should it stay or should it go – Kirkintilloch Town Hall...

Kirkintilloch Town Hall. 14.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch Town Hall. 14.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

NOW is the time to have your say on whether a historic building in Kirkintilloch is defended or demolished!

This week the Herald has teamed up with Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust to ask residents what they think should happen to the building.

At the end of last year, Herald reporter Caren McPate and photographer Jamie Forbes were allowed to see inside the building - but only as far as the foyer for health and safety reasons.

The hall was closed in 2004 by East Dunbartonshire Council.

Following an initial study, the council said that extensive dry rot and general fabric deterioration were the main problems with the town hall.

A second condition report has now been carried out and, while the findings have yet to be published, the condition of the building is giving cause for concern.

David Whitton, a member of Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust, said: “It’s important to know what people think about the hall as it gives us a start on making applications to different funders.

“Do they agree with us that it should be kept, what should there be inside, or do they think it should be pulled down?

“We will use the feedback to decide what the next steps are.”

Trust members will be visiting Maryhill Burgh Hall which was redeveloped recently as part of a regeneration plan.

Mr Whitton added: “East Dunbartonshire Council is consulting at the moment on a redevelopment plan for Kirkintilloch Town Centre.

“We want to go and see the hall in Maryhill, pick their brains and see what kinds of things are going on there.”

The trust members believe refurbishment of the town hall could be the town’s contribution to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen visited the hall in the 1960s and the building sits in Union Street, close to Queen Street and Victoria Street.

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property Services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “A second condition survey has been carried out on Kirkintilloch Town Hall and the findings will be available in a report submitted to committee in due course.”

See this week’s paper for a questionnaire.

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