New lease of life looming for town hall building

WORK has begun on renovating a town hall building in Dumfries and Galloway.

Thanks partly to funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund, the town hall in New Galloway is being refurbished, under the auspices of the local development trust, Local Initiatives in New Galloway (LING).

Says the AHF, here: “Earlier this year, a successful Community Asset Transfer bid took place and ownership was formally transferred to the group. LING is now working to repair and improve the building: specific plans include installing a lift; improving energy efficiency; upgrading the toilet and heating facilities; repairing the roof; and rendering the external walls of the building. Once renovated, New Galloway Town Hall will remain a flexible set of spaces let out for community use.”

Says LING, here: “The town hall is situated in the heart of New Galloway in the beautiful Glenkens area of Dumfries and Galloway. It is still owned by Dumfries and Galloway Council, but is managed by LING. The town hall has a new lease of life and is proving its value to the local community by providing a venue for a wide range of community activities, from lunches to sports evenings, pot luck suppers, family bingo and concerts.”

The project had been supported earlier by the AHF, to carry out a feasibility study.

Picture credit: Gordon Barr, AHF