MACDONALD AND BALFOUR CALL FOR RETURN OF ‘AULD TOON’ CLOCK
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:34
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald and Grangemouth SNP Councillor David Balfour joined forces this week to check on the condition of Grangemouth’s ‘Auld Toon’ clock and tower, which is dismantled and in storage with Falkirk Council.
The two politicians met with Council officials to discuss options for returning the clock to a prominent position in the town.
The clock was originally part of the buildings which housed the Queen’s Hotel and the former Grangemouth Police Station.
Site options for the old clock and tower include the former South Bridge Street site where the clock once stood, or a centrepiece on the ‘basins’ roundabout at the entrance to the town centre and the Port of Grangemouth.
Discussions with Council officials highlighted that the reconstruction of the clock tower would have to be community led in order to attract outside funding.
Speaking following the visit to check the clock and tower, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“It certainly gave some peace of mind that the clock and clock tower are safely stored, however it is sad to see it languishing in a Council store yard when it should be proudly displayed in Grangemouth.
“I was heartened to hear that Council officials are keen to work with local groups to ensure the clock and tower are reconstructed at some prominent site in the heart of Grangemouth, and I would be keen to work with others to help kick-start any preliminary work that is required.
“I intend to contact some local organisations to see if they are willing to move this project forward.
Grangemouth SNP Councillor David Balfour said:
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to see for myself that the ‘auld toon’ clock tower and clock have been preserved by Falkirk Council, thanks to earlier work by groups in Grangemouth such as PORT. The people of Grangemouth are indebted to these groups for ensuring the tower and clock were saved from destruction.
“It was also good to hear from Council officials that they are willing to work with local groups to attract funding and help return the clock to its rightful place at the entrance to Grangemouth Town Centre.
“We must push forward with ideas and plans to reuse the clock and tower in a celebration of Grangemouth’s heritage.