Charity group plans to bring iconic North-east council building back to its former glory

Kintore Town House

A charity group hopes to take over an iconic North-east building and bring it back to its former glory.

Action Kintore has begun initial work on applying for a Community Asset Transfer for Kintore Town House, which dates to the 18th Century.

The charity has set out plans which include renovating the building and creating disabled access.

Brian Johnstone, director of the charity, said: “It is very early days but we’ve begun planning for the application for a Community Asset Transfer so the Town House can once again belong to the people of Kintore.

“It will be another couple of months before we get to the final stages but we’ve started to get the ball rolling.”

Currently, the Town House is in the hands of Aberdeenshire Council, with the ground floor used as offices for the local authority.

Action Kintore is hoping to change the building into a space that can be used for events and projects, including weddings, youth clubs, volunteering and meetings.

Brian said: “We want to see the town house brought back to its former glory. There’s no doubt that it’s still a beautiful building but it needs a lot of work.

“It could be used for so many different things and we’d all love to see it become the main hub for the community.

“Currently two of the building’s floors aren’t accessible and it’s not used to its full potential at all.”

Action Kintore was established in 2009 and developed its first initiative, called The Bothie – an eco-friendly community building created in 2013. With the help of volunteers and youth workers, The Bothie hosts youth groups in a safe and fun environment.

Brian added: “We’re excited for what the future of Action Kintore will be. This latest project is an exciting step forward for what’s to come.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokeswoman said: “We would not comment on this particular project at this stage but in the main we are supportive of Community Asset Transfers that benefit the community.”