Church vote for community use
Decision made on Kirkhill sanctuary building
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