Kinneil’s big day axed in cutbacks

Kinneil House
Kinneil House

The annual Kinneil Heritage event has been cancelled after Falkirk Community Trust decided to pull its funding.

At Falkirk Council’s budget meeting last week, councillors voted in favour of withdrawing the cash from the August event, which has been running for the past 15 years.

Stopping the funding for it, along with cash for Grangemouth Children’s Day, will save the council £44,000 a year.

Vice-chairman of the Friends of Kinneil Stuart McMartin said: “It’s a shame that it won’t be going ahead.

“I think it was felt that it wasn’t getting enough visitors, although I don’t think it was as well publicised as it used to be.”

Councillor Adrian Mahoney said the change was unfortunate but that savings had to be made.

He added: “Kinneil House will still open to the public and hopefully there can be some other events arranged around it on the day.”

The move to stop the funding comes as the Trust is holding a public consultation on the future use of Kinneil House with a view to developing a masterplan for the estate.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “We would like to see Kinneil House and Estate developed in a sympathetic way that would open them up to even more use. We value everyone’s opinions and want to make this consultation truly representative.”

Stuart urged people to go along and make their views known.

He added: “If Kinneil House could be restored, it would be potentially the most important thing to happen in Bo’ness in decades.”

The consultation will take place in Bo’ness Town Hall on Monday, March 3, from 3-4.30 p.m. and 7-8.30 p.m. If you are attending, email or call 0131 440 6750.

If you can’t attend, fill in the survey at www.survey