Kinneil consultation today

2kinneilhouse-300dpi-rgb.jpgThe future use of the historic Kinneil House and Estate in Bo’ness will be under discussion at two public consultation events today (Monday, March 3, 2014).

Falkirk Community Trust has organised the sessions to encourage local residents and other interested parties to share their views.

The charity – formed by Falkirk Council to run key parks and cultural attractions – is developing a masterplan for the Estate.

It is looking at how the landscape in the area could be potentially improved to help drive more visitors to the site and how the House itself could be developed to meet some of the existing aspirations of the local community.

It is hoped that any masterplan for the Estate, and feasibility plan for the House, would be used to support applications for external funding for Kinneil.

The consultation events will both take place in Bo’ness Town Hall on Monday 3 March between 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.

The events are free. If you are attending, please email admin@jura-consultants.co.uk or call 0131 440 6750 to help organisers estimate numbers. Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesman on Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: “The Council – as owner of Kinneil House and Estate – is providing grant funding to support this consultation exercise.

“The Kinneil area has huge potential to bring more visitors to the area. I welcome the efforts the Community Trust is making to create a strong, long-term plan for the House and the Estate, in conjunction with the local community.

“The overall aim will be attract new funding into the park and to develop the facilities we have at present.”

He added: “I know that people would like to see better access to Kinneil House and also want to see improvements around the estate, for instance developing the play and recreational facilities. If you have a view to share, I’d encourage you to go along to the consultation event and make your views known.”

* The Community Trust is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Estate, on the western edge of Bo’ness. It also runs KinneilMuseum which acts as a visitor centre for the park. The Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays, from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. To find out more visit www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/parks

Kinneil House, managed by Historic Scotland, is open several times a year in association with the charity The Friends of Kinneil. To find out about open days at Kinneil House in 2014, visit www.kinneil.org.uk