Your chance to influence Kinneil Estate plans

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Readers now have until the end of September to have the very last word on the masterplan which details what could happen over the next ten years at Kinneil Estate.

Falkirk Community Trust (FCT) has suggested money-making ideas such as a cafe, mountain bike tracks and managing the ‘green’ areas like the woods and the ponds.

Many monuments and listed buildings in the grounds add to its appeal and importance and the masterplan seeks to provide a framework within which the estate will be both developed and conserved from now until 2024.

In the past the estate was used mainly by walkers but, in recent years, despite closure of some of the amenity areas like the pets corner and the play area, more has been made of the building and surrounding land.

FCT would like to ensure that this continues.

One obstacle to such plans is always money, so attracting funding is key.

The consultation also sets out a problem with an easy solution. Signage to the estate from the motorway must be improved as it appears confusing to visitors.

Even though the estate has become better known, more needs to be done to attract new and returning visitors.

Other ideas include using the area for fitness and outdoor activity or staging outdoor events in the grounds.

The Trust believes that the estate should be transformed to reflect the ways parks are used elsewhere with the use of ‘visitor experiences’. Bo’ness councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s leisure spokesman, said: “The masterplan sets out a range of ideas and options to enhance and improve Kinneil Estate.

“I support and welcome many of the ideas but am very keen to hear the views of ordinary people.

“I would urge park users and anyone interested in Kinneil to go along to one of the drop-in sessions to find out more and give their views or to download information on the consultation from the Trust website.”

Bo’ness Community Council convenor Madelene Hunt said the community council supports the masterplan and would like work to start soon, especially on the cycle tracks as talk of this has been on going for almost eight years.

Madelene said: “We also support the upgrade of Kinneil House, as this is a great asset to Bo’ness and has been neglected for years. When I first came to Scotland in 1971 Callendar House was not in use and look at it now!

“Things can happen if the support is there. On a different note, the paths round both ponds in Kinneil are in a bad state of repair and something needs to be done quickly to address this.”

It is one of the most historic areas in Bo’ness and readers now have the opportunity to examine the proposals.

There are drop in events at Kinneil Museum on September 20 from 12.30pm to 4pm and on September 24 from 10am till 4pm. Jura Consultants will also deliver a presentation on the completed Kinneil House Feasibility Study at Bo’ness Town Hall on Monday, September 22, at 6.30pm. Jura was commissioned by FCT to conduct the study of possible uses for Kinneil House.

There are printed copies of the draft masterplan at Kinneil Museum, Bo’ness Town Hall, Bo’ness Library, the Recreation Centre, the Hippodrome and the Railway.