Community’s rich seam of name suggestions for council’s new building

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14 Sep 2015 - 16:38

Helensburgh’s newest building on East Clyde Street continues to engage the interest of the community, and Argyll and Bute Council’s invitation for suggestions of a name for the building have flowed in.

By the closing date for suggestions, Friday 11 September, nearly 50 individuals had emailed their preferred name. Some offered a single idea, others proffered two or three in line with the invitation to name all three aspects of the building individually.

By far the favourite suggestion has been that the building be named the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre. Other favoured names incorporated famous individuals associated with the area, including John Logie Baird, Henry Bell, Templeton and Colquhoun. Names from Helensburgh’s history were also suggested, including Millig, Clutha and Lennox.

Area Committee Chair Councillor Gary Mulvaney said, “The community’s interest in the council’s new building is heartening, especially as it has been designed for the community, and the community contributed to that design. There have been many varied suggestions for a name and some people have put a lot of thought into their suggestions. I would like to thank everyone for their interest and for taking the time to contribute.”

The public will be kept informed about the process for deciding on which name or names will be given to the building.

The building on East Clyde Street will provide a one-stop-shop for key council services, space for community groups, and a stunning marriage suite for couples, families and friends to celebrate their special days.

It has a café, gallery and meeting rooms. Outside, there are landscaped grounds open for public use, including outdoor events and marriage area, and a community garden.

The project has been supported by the Anderson family who agreed that money from the sale of the old Templeton Library could be used for the community annexe in the new building.

The building is almost complete. The council is working with its contractors and all parties involved in resolving outstanding issues.