CAMPAIGNERS aiming to take over the running of Hunter House Museum want you to help them in their fight.
With councillors today (Wednesday) set to agree to offer the museum to bidders under its Public Asset Transfer scheme, local support is needed to ensure the community can once again see it up and running.
South Lanarkshire Council’s Public Asset Transfer means a property is transferred either through sale or lease to a community organisation.
It is designed to gauge the possibility of keeping surplus facilities open under public control.
The organisations themselves will have to demonstrate their links to the local community, support of council objectives and their sustainability.
A business plan will also be produced detailing five-year financial projections, how the group would maintain the building and the benefits that will arise from any transfer.
Following a successful pilot scheme where various other assets across South Lanarkshire were transferred in this way, the council now intend to offer Hunter House Museum and Strathaven’s John Hastie Museum through the scheme.
Kirsten Robb of East Kilbride Development Trust said: “EK Development Trust, Calderwood Community Council and the EK History Society have together expressed an interest in saving Hunter House for the community.
“We are looking at different options and need to conduct a feasibility study to look at these in detail.
“We are keen that Hunter House is preserved and a museum element retained, but our groups and potential funders also want the place to meet local community needs.
“So, through the EK News, we are asking members of the public to tell us what other uses the building and grounds might have to serve the needs of the local community.”
However, the situation is different for the John Hastie campaigners who are currently in talks with the council’s legal team over the terms of the original Deed of Gift, and of the funding arrangements, under which the John Hastie Park, the museum and the collection, were provided for the cultural benefit of local people. As a result, they are asking councillors for a delay of six months before the museum can be included on the Public Asset Transfer schedule.
l To tell the EK Development Trust about how the Hunter House building could help serve the needs of local people, contact Kirsten Robb on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07980564773.