Wedding venue plan ‘should be welcomed’

Kilmardinny House
Kilmardinny House

Concerns have been raised that the refurbishment proposed for Kilmardinny House has been forgotten by those opposed to ‘community hub’ plans at Bearsden Burgh Hall.

Under plans passed by the council in September, the Georgian mansion and arts centre is to receive major investment to become a venue for weddings and other events.

The million pound project would include an extension to the side of the building to offer extensive banqueting suite space, as well as a refurbishment and an upgrade to the present villa.

Bearsden councillor Ashay Ghai, who secured rewiring for the listed building three years ago, said: “While there has rightly been much focus on the important hub development I strongly believe that the Kilmardinny House project needs to also be highlighted and championed.

The building already plays a significant arts centre role but by offering even more to the public the villa’s future as a venue serving the local community can be secured.

“As a local councillor and community activist, people have often raised the lack of formal venue space in Bearsden and Milngavie as an issue.

“The refurbishment and extension will offer a top end facility for local people wanting to hold a special event within their own area and community.

“As a venue for hire, this will guarantee Kilmardinny House’s future, ensuring it remains available as an arts space and community group venue too.

“I hope the whole community can support this exciting project, which offers new services for our area.”

Constructed in the 1840s, Kilmardinny House was built as a private residence and was taken into Bearsden Burgh Council ownership in 1965 from Sir John McDonald’s trustees following his death.

In 1997 East Dunbartonshire Council made Kilmardinny House its arts and events service base.