Church build­ing to be­come a nurs­ery

Deal set to be con­cluded

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Jonathan Ged­des

Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church’s Kirkhill build­ing is set to be turned into a nurs­ery.

The High Fly­ers nurs­ery are pre­par­ing to take over the site of the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Par­ish Church, with the deal ex­pected to be con­cluded by the end of May.

It con­cludes a lon­grun­ning saga of what to do with the build­ing, go­ing back to when the Old Par­ish, Trin­ity St Paul’s and St An­drew’s churches merged to cre­ate Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church in 2008.

Cam­bus­lang min­is­ter Rev Les­lie Mil­ton said: “Mem­bers of the church con­gre­ga­tion and peo­ple in the wider com­mu­nity know that we have been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with a prospec­tive pur­chaser for some time, and we can now an­nounce that we are close to the com­ple­tion of a sale.

“It is a sad­ness to us that the church build­ing which is such an im­por­tant part of Cam­bus­lang’s her­itage and the church’s his­tory of faith in our town has ceased to be a place of wor­ship.

“The Kirk Ses­sion was clear when the build­ing was put on the mar­ket that their pref­er­ence was for it to con­tinue to ben­e­fit our com­mu­nity.

“We are glad that the pur­chasers, the High Fly­ers, who are al­ready based in the Kirkhill Church halls dur­ing the day, will be of­fer­ing child care fa­cil­i­ties, and be a vi­tal com­mu­nity re­source to many fam­i­lies in our area.

“We wish them well in the development of their busi­ness.

“Im­por­tant ob­jects for our her­itage, in­clud­ing the war memo­ri­als, will be re­moved from the church and dis­played ap­pro­pri­ately.

“The sale has been de­layed by the time it takes such a project to get through the var­i­ous stages of plan­ning.

“All the nec­es­sary work has now been done, and ar­range­ments are in place to con­clude a sale by the end of May.”

The High Fly­ers ap­pli­ca­tion to the coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment pro­posed 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.

In Au­gust 2014 Cam­bus­lang Par­ish 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.

We wish them well in their busi­ness

New life The High Fly­ers nurs­ery are pre­par­ing to take over the site of the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Par­ish kirk

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