Meeting in Bo'ness Library
The group is urging local people to come along
and share their views. The meeting will be held in the upper meeting
room at Bo'ness Library next Wednesday, March 8, from 7 p.m.
Concerns expressed about closure
Community council chairman Bill Bruce said: "A
number of groups and individuals within the town have expressed
concern at the closure plans for Kinneil Museum.
"We're asking representatives from Falkirk
Council to come along and explain their position to local people.
Ian Scott, from Falkirk Local History Society, has also agreed to
attend the meeting to give a historic perspective on the Kinneil
The museum is located in the 17th century stable
block of Kinneil House and acts as an interpretative centre for
Kinneil Estate - which includes the Antonine Wall, a Roman fortlet,
a medieval church and a cottage used by inventor James Watt.
Falkirk Council first revealed plans to close
the museum two weeks ago. Officials are recommending that some exhibits
be transferred to the Hippodrome cinema in the town, which is currently
being refurbished, and that Roman relics be moved to Callendar House
It is understood the museum plans will be discussed
at a meeting of the local authority's policy committee next Tuesday,
March 7 - the day before the Community Council meeting.
Community Council not formally notified
Mr Bruce said Falkirk Council had yet to formally
notify the Community Council about its plans for Kinneil. However,
he said it was important that public bodies listened to the views
of local people.
"The community council
is there to represent the views of the local community and I that
hope people from all sides will attend our meeting on March 8,"
said Mr Bruce. "Bo'ness people are incredibly proud of ther
rich heritage and I think Falkirk Council should recognise their
views and aspirations before making a final decision."