Anger and disbelief greeted Falkirk Community Trust’s money saving plan to close Grangemouth Town Hall.
Staff at the historic Bo’ness Road venue are due to be officially told about the trust’s proposals presently, but locals who learned of the move could not believe the organisation, which runs the area’s leisure centres and other community facilities, had taken such extreme measures to save cash.
Grangemouth elected officials Baillie Joan Paterson and Councillor Allyson Black received word of the proposal, which is contained in the trust’s latest business plan, yesterday and immediately let it be known the closure of the town hall was a “cut too far”.
Baillie Paterson said: “It’s something that is coming to us as a proposal and the council will be receiving a briefing about it. Both Alison and I were shocked and alarmed when we saw this money saving proposal.
“No decision has been taken by the council on this and, while we have sympathy for the trust board who have to find ways to make significant savings, Grangemouth Town Hall is an iconic building which is well used and much loved in the heart of the town.
“We definitely see this as a cut too far. What message would closing the town hall send out to businesses we want to attract to the town – Grangemouth deserves better than this.”