MOVES to increase the use of Kintore’s historic Town House could give the prominent building a new lease of life.
The Town House is a Category A listed building situated at the heart of Kintore Town Centre. Work began on the historic building in 1737, the year after the Earl of Kintore, who paid for construction, was elected Provost. The building originally housed a Council Room, a schoolroom, a meal girnal where meal and grain from the Earl’s tenants was stored, and the burgh’s jail under the double stairs.
The building is owned by Aberdeenshire Council, who have a small Council staff based there.
Aberdeenshire Council recently agreed to spend nearly £100,000 from its Capital Plan on external repair work to Kintore Town House.
A detailed brief for the external repair work is now being developed in consultation with Historic Scotland.
Aberdeenshire Council officers attended the April meeting of Kintore and District Community Council to update the Community Council and ask for its involvement in a group to consider possible new uses for Kintore Town House.
East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford commented, “Kintore Town House is a truly superb building, a really, really fine piece of architecture, and the natural centrepiece of the town. But in recent years it has been little used. Most residents of Kintore won’t have entered the building from one year to the next, and many of those who moved to the town in the last decade have probably never been in it at all.
“So Kintore Town House is an under-used asset. It defines the town centre, but it is not itself a centre of community activity. That needs to change.”
“Getting at least part of the building back into regular public use would be good for the building and good for the community.
“Finding a suitable new use will not be easy. It’s a project that will take time. I’m delighted a group is being formed to take this forward.”