What does the future hold for Lenzie Public Hall?

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DON’T allow our historic hall to close to save cash – that’s the rallying cry from a concerned community council.

Cost-cutting plans have been unveiled to get locals to take over Lenzie Public Hall.

East Dunbartonshire Council has saved thousands per year by shifting a number of other halls off its books – and loss-making Lenzie could be next.

Responsibility for Lenzie Public Hall – together with costs such as caretaker fees and maintenance – would transfer to the community. A meeting with user groups was held recently and people are being urged to have their say.

In a letter to the Herald, a spokesperson for Lenzie Community Council, said: “Lenzie Hall is an attractive and historic building and with creative input from the local community it could be put to good and profitable use. However, given the current economic climate, it is likely that the hall will close if no community group comes forward to take over the management.

“Will it then fall into disrepair and be a blot on our local landscape? It is vital that we prevent this from happening at all costs.”

East Dunbartonshire Council announced in early 2010 that a number of halls would have to transfer to the community or face the axe.

Caldwell Halls, in Torrance, and Campsie Memorial Hall, in Lennoxtown, are both now run by their communities.

Auchinairn Hall has been demolished, while Brackenbrae House, in Bishopbriggs, was saved when a charity moved in.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of development and infrastructure, said: “We have seen the successful transfer of a number of halls throughout the area to community management models, which is good news for keeping facilities available in our local areas.

“Community management models benefit from being able to access additional funding and support for the continued management of these community assets.

”We are following the same process we have carried out in other local areas to determine if this approach can be taken forward in Lenzie.”

(Lenzie CC letter on page 12)