Church vote for com­mu­nity use

De­ci­sion made on Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary build­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

Mem­bers of Cam­bus­lang Parish Church have voted for their Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary build­ing to be of al­ter­na­tive use in the com­mu­nity.

The Re­former re­vealed in June that plans were be­ing dis­cussed be­tween the church - formed in 2008, from the merger of three Church of Scot­land con­gre­ga­tions within the town, Cam­bus­lang Old Parish, Trin­ity St Paul’s and St An­drew’s - and lo­cal vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­ject (LEAP). LEAP are in­ter­ested in tak­ing over the use of the build­ing and have been dis­cus­sions with the church over the past few months.

The con­gre­ga­tion held a vote on Sun­day (Au­gust 16) to de­cide if they wanted to al­low the build­ing to be used for pur­poses other than con­gre­ga­tional needs.

This passed by a large ma­jor­ity and they also held a sec­ond vote on whether or not to con­tinue dis­cus­sions with LEAP. This also passed with a large ma­jor­ity.

Rev Dr Les­lie Milton said: “Any­thing con­crete is a long way off but we will now con­tinue dis­cus­sions with LEAP.

“We’re very keen to do some­thing and re­tain the build­ing in some form of com­mu­nity own­er­ship.

“We are very aware of the his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance of the Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary build­ing, and the im­por­tance it holds to peo­ple.

“We will be hold­ing votes in the fu­ture for any other de­ci­sions to be made on the build­ing’s fate.”

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of LEAP Stu­art McGre­gor was pleased the church had voted to con­tinue dis­cus­sions with the char­ity, but added that any for­mal agree­ment was a long way off

He said: “We’ve had dis­cus­sions for the past three months with the church over the pos­si­bil­ity of do­ing some­thing in the fu­ture.

“LEAP has ex­panded sig­nif­i­cantly over the past few years and hav­ing a build­ing like that would greatly help our plans for the fu­ture.

“We un­der­stand the build­ing has not been used for a good num­ber of years and we would like to re­turn it back to the com­mu­nity. “

“We have a num­ber of ideas of hgow we could use the build­ing but ob­vi­ously is will be a long way off be­fore we de­cide on any­thing.”

Although LEAP has not planned any­thing con­crete for the build­ing, Stu­art did say they are look­ing for ad­di­tional of­fice space and also a venue to hold classes and ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

He added: “Any fi­nal de­ci­sion is a long way off and it would have to be rat­i­fied by of­fi­cials at the Church of Scot­land.”

The church build­ing had been used last year to host an ex­hi­bi­tion of ar­ti­facts from the churches past.

Fu­ture Kirkhill Sanc­tu­ary build­ing

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