Nurs­ery pro­posal for Old Parish build­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion that could lead to Cam­bus­lang Parish Church’s Kirkill build­ing be­ing turned into a nurs­ery has been sub­mit­ted to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

High Fly­ers Com­mu­nity Child­care, cur­rently based on Hall­side Road, are look­ing into tak­ing over the build­ing, which is the site of the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Parish Church.

Their ap­pli­ca­tion to the coun­cil’s plan­ning de­part­ment pro­poses mak­ing in­ter­nal al­ter­ations to the ex­ist­ing church build­ing to form a nurs­ery, in­cor­po­rat­ing the for­ma­tion of an ex­ter­nal play area, new ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess and a car park.

If the coun­cil ap­proves the pro­pos­als the kirk ses­sion of the church would take the plan to the con­gre­ga­tion.

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church min­is­ter Les­lie Milton said: “The build­ing has been on the mar­ket for a wee while now and the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is still at a very early stage.

“We’ve not gone pub­lic to the con­gre­ga­tion yet about it be­cause the nurs­ery have put a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in and a fi­nal of­fer will only be con­sid­ered af­ter that has been ap­proved.

“So the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is still at an ex­ploratory stage and no de­ci­sion will be made un­til that plan­ning per­mis­sion is made, al­though ob­vi­ously they are keen to know one way or an­other as soon as pos­si­ble.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion should hope­fully be de­cided within the next six weeks and then it would come to the kirk ses­sion.”

Les­lie is hopeful that, what­ever hap­pens to the Old Parish build­ing, it will be of use to the wider com­mu­nity in Cam­bus­lang.

He added: “We have al­ways sought a com­mu­nity use for the build­ing rather than purely com­mer­cial use so we are pleased to re­ceive in­ter­est from a group that could use it for wider use in the com­mu­nity.”

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.

In Au­gust 2014 the Church voted for the build­ing to be put to an al­ter­na­tive use in the com­mu­nity.

The build­ing was then placed on the open mar­ket to gauge in­ter­est in a cash sale.

Last year Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project (Leap) were linked with tak­ing over the build­ing.

They later re­vealed that they could not raise enough fund­ing to re­fur­bish and con­vert the build­ing and Leap with­drew from pro­ceed­ings.

New use The Kirkhill build­ing has been on the mar­ket since 2014

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