Major projects in Bearsden forging ahead

Former Bearsden Burgh Hall, going to be Bearsden Community Hub
Former Bearsden Burgh Hall, going to be Bearsden Community Hub

People of all ages went to a recent meeting at Bearsden Primary School to find out more about the exciting future taking shape in Bearsden.

Bearsden Community Hub and Kilmardinny House will open early next year, with nearly £6m being invested in the town.

Kilmardinny House, Bearsden.

Kilmardinny House, Bearsden.

Around 65 people attended the drop-in session - asking questions and getting feedback on the variety of services and facilities which will be available.

The Community Hub will bring East Dunbartonshire Council, library, leisure and cultural services under one roof, while Kilmardinny House is being transformed into a new venue for conferences, meetings, weddings, arts and other events.

Representatives from East Dunbartonshire Council, the Leisure and Culture Trust, and project partners spoke to local residents.

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Feedback from local residents was positive and officers answered a range of questions on the projects - both of which are forging ahead.”

The new Community Hub, in the former Burgh Hall building on Drymen Road, will include the re-provisioning of the library and community archives from Brookwood, as well as enhancing the current hall facilities through a full refurbishment.

In addition to bringing together council, library, leisure and cultural services in a single building, it will also include meeting rooms and social work facilities, new public toilets and an upgrade of the current accommodation.

The on-site customer services team will make it easier for residents to access information about a variety of different council services and make payments in just one visit.

Meanwhile, the Kilmardinny House project includes the creation of a new garden pavilion extension, which will provide a modern, flexible space and enhance the venue as a centre for local arts, performance and community

groups, and businesses.

It will be able to accommodate a range of activities, including performances, exhibitions, conferences and weddings.

The existing Category A-listed House is being partially refurbished, both inside and out, including redecoration and repairs to external stonework and windows.