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Published 24 February 2017

Residents are being asked for their views on potential future uses for historic Balloch Castle and Dumbarton’s Glencairn House.

Drop-in events have been arranged where the public will be asked for their ideas on what the much-loved buildings could be used for. General repairs are currently underway at Balloch Castle in Balloch Park as a first phase of the works, with repairs scheduled for Glencairn House in Dumbarton’s High Street in the near future.

The New Uses Drop-In event for Balloch Castle takes place on Wednesday, March 1, at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park HQ in Carrochan Road, Balloch, and the Glencairn House event will be held at the Community Hub at the Artizan Centre in College Way, Dumbarton, on Thursday, March 2. Both events run from 3pm to 7pm.

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, Convener for Infrastructure and Regeneration, said: “The Council intends to revive these two iconic buildings and ensure that they are used properly and to their full potential. And as part of that, we would like to hear from residents about what they would like to see happen with Balloch Castle and Glencairn House in the future.”

Councillor David McBride, Vice-Convener for Infrastructure and Regeneration, added: “I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future of Balloch Castle and Glencairn House to attend these Drop-In events and to have their say and share their ideas on what the buildings should be used for. Both are of significant historical importance to West Dunbartonshire and we want to secure their long-term, sustainable future.”

Built in 1808 to a design by architect Robert Lugar, the A-listed Balloch Castle is considered an early example of the Scottish baronial style popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

B-listed Glencairn House dates back to 1623 and is the oldest building in West Dunbartonshire. Most famously, it is where Robert Burns received his freemanship of Dumbarton in 1787.

The buildings could be used for a variety of purposes, with many possibilities open for discussion.

Anyone who would like more information on the Drop-In events can contact the Council’s Regeneration Team on regeneration@west-dunbarton.gov.uk