We won’t give up fight to return town hall to the glory days

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

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to step up their fight to save Kirkintilloch’s iconic town hall.

Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust is confident it can still secure cash to renovate the building.

They hope they can buy the hall for a nominal sum from East Dunbartonshire Council.

According to a recent survey, the building – which was closed in 2004 – is suffering from extensive dry rot and general fabric deterioration throughout.

Pam McGaughrin, the trust’s vice-chairperson, vowed: “We will be applying for funding from the Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery, Historic Scotland and Creative Scotland.

“We’re still very hopeful. Historic Scotland had the money to give us before, but had to let it go after so many years.

“The two reasons we were previously not successful with the Big Lottery funding was because the council was not supporting us and because of our age group. But we now have eight new people, all under the age of 50, to bring more experience to the group.”

It is estimated it will cost between £4.5million and £5million to restore the hall.

The future of the town hall will be part of a masterplan currently being developed for Kirkintilloch town centre.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We said that if the trust got money we would hand over the town hall to them. We gave them six to seven years to do that, but they’ve never been able to raise the cash.

“The problem is the hall is deteriorating and we can’t allow that to continue.”

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