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Council approves Tolbooth refurbishment plans

It is hoped that the building will be open on a regular basis for locals and visitors

South Lanarkshire Council has accepted plans to transform The Tolbooth into a heritage and arts hub with a wide range of upgrades in the pipeline for the historic site.

The plans, which focus on the ground floor of the building, were submitted by Glasgow architects Stallan-Brand.

Under the proposals, the existing double doors will be retained however automatic doors will also be installed. The windows will be enhanced with bespoke illustrations in a similar style to the artwork used in the new Wallace Trail.

Two internal partition walls will be erected and vinyl flooring will replace the current carpet tiles.

A digital workstation has also been mooted alongside the current seating area and a new lighting system is also set to be adopted.

A neutral colour scheme will be used throughout the building and the committee is currently finalising funding options to carry out the work.

Sylvia Russell, chair of the Development Trust and member of The Tolbooth management committee, believes that the project will be of great benefit to the community.

“It’s going to be much improved downstairs. They’ve already put in a new kitchen upstairs.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it transformed. They’re also hoping that broadband will installed with two or three laptops put in to create a free wi-fi centre where people can come in and use it.”