Kirkhill Church is up for sale as LEAP deal falls by the way­side

£175k price tag on his­toric build­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A man ac­cused of un­leash­ing a tirade of phys­i­cal abuse against a woman in Ruther­glen had his court case ad­journed un­til June 17.

David Wil­liam Black is ac­cused of throw­ing con­tain­ers of liq­uid at the woman, fol­low­ing her home, seiz­ing a tele­phone from her hand, grab­bing her by the hair and re­peat­edly punch­ing her on the head on March 20, 2016. Black, of Rich­mond Place, is also ac­cused of be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner by re­peat­edly kick­ing a door, shout­ing, swear­ing and throw­ing a tele­phone against a wall.

The 37 year old de­nied all charges against him when he ap­peared at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court on Mon­day, April 18.

Bail was con­tin­ued.

Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church’s Kirkhill build­ing has been put up for sale fol­low­ing the Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project’s (LEAP) fail­ure to take over the premises.

The build­ing on 3 Cairns Road has been put on the mar­ket for £175,000 and has been de­scribed as ‘suitable for a va­ri­ety of uses’.

LEAP re­vealed in Jan­uary that they could not raise enough fund­ing to re­fur­bish and con­vert the build­ing, which is the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Par­ish.

Dis­cus­sions be­tween the church and the project had started last year, with the hope that the fa­cil­ity could be used as a com­mu­nity re­source for older peo­ple.

Last Au­gust the church voted for the build­ing to be of al­ter­na­tive use in the com­mu­nity and the build­ing was then placed on the open mar­ket to gauge in­ter­est in a cash sale.

But LEAP’s plans were halted and now the own­ers, Church of Scot­land, are look­ing for po­ten­tial buy­ers.

Rev Les­lie Mil­ton was dis­ap­pointed at the failed LEAP bid but is hop­ing it can re­main as a com­mu­nity re­source.

He said: “The build­ing has been placed on the open mar­ket for a few months now and it is the de­sire of the kirk ses­sion that it should con­tinue to be an im­por­tant re­source for the com­mu­nity of Cam­bus­lang.

“We are now just wait­ing for in­ter­est in the build­ing.

“We think there has been a church on the site since the 12th cen­tury and the cur­rent build­ing has been there since 1843.

“Peo­ple were very con­cerned as it has been a com­mu­nity re­source for a num­ber of years and they would like it to re­main as one.

“It has a very long his­tory and we stopped us­ing it as a place of wor­ship in 2009.

“There have been some wed­dings and fu­ner­als there but it has not been in reg­u­lar use for a few years.”

The Old Par­ish build­ing fell out of use in the merger of the Old Par­ish, Trin­ity St Paul’s and St An­drew’s Churches to cre­ate Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church in 2008.

Sell­ing agents, Right­move, say the church is a sub­stan­tial sand­stone build­ing that boasts many fine stained glass win­dows and stone fea­tures.

Lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the junc­tion of Howieshill Road andVi­car­land Road, the prop­erty com­prises main en­trance hall­way with twin door­ways lead­ing to the nave.

It has twin curved stone stair­ways lead­ing to the up­per level and ac­cess to a large gallery over­look­ing the nave and al­ter.

The orig­i­nal or­gan is lo­cated off the al­tar.

It is said to be suitable for a va­ri­ety of uses and in­ter­nal view­ing is nec­es­sary to ap­pre­ci­ate the lay­out.

The ceil­ing height in the nave mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 36ft.

Im­por­tant re­source for the com­mu­nity of Cam­bus­lang

For sale Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church’s Kirkhill build­ing is on the mar­ket

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