Kilbarchan project would be first to benefit from Villages Investment Fund Kilbarchan project would be first to benefit from Villages Investment Fund
Volunteers are set to renovate the Old Library in Kilbarchan as they aim to maintain its status as a thriving community space if their... Kilbarchan project would be first to benefit from Villages Investment Fund

Volunteers are set to renovate the Old Library in Kilbarchan as they aim to maintain its status as a thriving community space if their plans are approved by councillors later this month.

With more than 5000 visitors using the hall every year for activities such as yoga, Pilates, Spanish lessons and amateur dramatics, the hall is key part of village life in Kilbarchan and has been for over 120 years.

Kilbarchan Improvements Project would receive £22,000 to carry out repairs to the roof and top floor windows to help secure its position as heritage asset within the village and would be the first project to receive funding through the Villages Investment Fund.

£370,000 has been ringfenced from an overall £1.87million fund specifically for investment in Renfrewshire’s villages and applications must show that they will strengthen the unique identity, heritage and character of village life.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We want to ensure our villages have the opportunity to enhance and protect their assets which is why we have committed this funding to allow them to tell us what they need and give them the opportunity to make it happen..

“We want to see more and more projects follow Kilbarchan Improvements Project lead by applying to make changes to their community and we’ll support everyone to make their application as strong as possible so please get in touch.”