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West Dunbartonshire Council has today launched a consultation on the future of Glencairn House, Dumbarton High street.


Glencairn House is the oldest building in Dumbarton, dating back to 1623 when it was built for the Earls of Glencairn. It was sold to Dumbarton Town Council in 1923 and has subsequently had a number of uses – from a gas showroom in 1924, to West Dunbartonshire Council’s social work offices and most recently Dumbarton Credit Union. For a number of years it has been vacant with no demand from the market for a new purpose.

The detail of the proposed plans can be found on the
Council website (visit Under the plans, Glencairn House would be transformed into a state-of-the art library and museum, to bring these facilities back to the heart of the community.  The £4.6m investment in regenerating the High Street would see an extension to the rear of the building, giving views over the river Leven and to Dumbarton Castle. This would offer a range of dedicated spaces for different users of the building, a dedicated floor for exhibiting historical items held by the Council, a relaxing recreational space with a coffee station, and improved access to the buildings with lift access to all floors. 

In addition, the existing Dumbarton Library would be transformed into a Community Archive and Store where residents and visitors could view the Council’s full collection of items and documents for the first time.
We want your views and feedback on this exciting £4.6m project. Once you have reviewed the detail of the proposals on the
Council website, please give us your views through the survey linked there. The results will inform a report to the August meeting of the Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development Committee.


The consultation will be active from today until 16 June 2019 and is supported by three drop in sessions:


Monday 10 June 1pm – 3pm in Church Street, Dumbarton

Wednesday 12 June 9:30am – 12:30pm in Glencairn House, High St, Dumbarton

Wednesday 12 June 5:30pm – 8:30pm in Concord Centre, Dumbarton


For more information please contact the team through