A major survey is being launched which it is hoped will help decide the future of the Burgh Chambers in Dunblane. The early l9th century building, which was featured in the Kenneth More version of the film ‘The 39 Steps ‘ could be sold off as one of the options by Stirling Council to try to balance the books.
Dunblane Community Council believes that the building, which sits cheek by jowl with the historic Cathedral and Museum, is a vital part of Dunblane’s heritage and councillors are keen to know if the town shares this view.
Since the success enjoyed by Andy Murray, and the much photographed ‘gold post box’ which celebrates his Olympic achievement, both the town and the Stirling area in general have seen a big increase in tourism.
Craig French, Community Council vice chair said members were reluctant to see the building sold off and possibly converted into flats.
“This is a much-loved community asset and we, as a community council, feel we have a duty to try to come up with alternative uses to preserve it for the people of Dunblane. Ideas are already coming forward which include an arts and crafts centre, drop-in facilities, office space and a tourist information point.
“We are also worried that Stirling Council staff who currently work in the building will be re-located and we want to ensure that vital services such as the registration of births, marriages and deaths are available in a town centre location. It could also disadvantage people who currently use the Burgh Chambers to pay their rents and for other council services.”
As part of their fact-finding exercise the Community Council will be gauging opinion through a variety of means, including social media and a short online survey, and are appealing for residents to come forward with their views.
The Community Council is working with Stirling Council and all comments expressed will be collated as part of the public response to any consultation undertaken by the local authority.
Progress will be continually updated on the Dunblane Community website www.dunblane.info
No Quick Sell Off for Burgh Chambers
Read the Stirling Observer Article from 30 April 2014
Burgh Chambers facing closure : Can alternative community uses be found?
Read the article in the Stirling Observer Article from 2 April 2014