There has been a broad welcome to a council commitment to fund a feasibility study into possible new uses for Kintore’s historic town house.
Garioch Area Committee last week agreed to spend £5000 from its ‘Area Top-up Budget’ on the proposed feasibility study.
Most or all of the balance of the cost of a study is expected to come from other council funds.
East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford said after the meeting: “Kintore Town House is a fabulous building that has been under used since local government reorganisation in 1973.
“And whilst everyone admires the Town House from The Square, most people rarely get the chance to go inside.
“That has to change. The building needs to become busy again, to be used by the community.”
He added: “I’m very pleased the Garioch Area Committee has agreed to contribute funding from its Top-up Budget towards a feasibility study on how the Town House could be used in future.
“Finding a new use that fits with the building and works financially will certainly be challenging. A proper feasibility study to come up with options has to be the place to start.”
Aberdeenshire Council has already committed funds for some external repair work on the town house and for improvements to the immediate surrounding area.
Preliminary discussions on giving the Town House a new role have been held with Kintore and District Community Council and other interested parties.
The community council have welcomed the move towards a feasibility study.
Among the suggestions for the future use of the building are a heritage museum, celebrating local history, or a wedding venue.