What now for Kirkintilloch Town Hall? Funding blow hits restoration plans

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RESTORING Kirkintilloch Town Hall to its former glory could take longer than expected after a major funding bid fell through.

East Dunbartonshire Council had hoped to secure £1.25million from the Historic Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

The cash would have helped support a number of masterplan proposals for the town centre, including the town hall.

But it has been revealed that the application was unsuccessful.

However, the council will be submitting a bid for another Historic Scotland grant programme.

It is also expecting to hear about another application for £1.75m to the Heritage Lottery Fund Townscape Heritage Initiative in March.

The council announced in the summer of last year that it was finally backing the restoration of the town hall, which was closed in 2004.

Turning the B-listed building into an arts and culture venue will cost around £4.75million.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Whilst this is very disappointing, Historic Scotland has advised the council and its partners to apply for another Historic Scotland Grant programme for large building repairs to support the town hall element of the package of works in the town centre.

“This bid runs three times a year and officers are now preparing a submission.”

Councillor Geekie added: “Despite this unsuccessful bid to CARS, the council and its partners remain optimistic about the proposals and recent developments of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan.

See this week’s paper for more on this story.

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