Cree Valley Community Councillors got a sneak preview of the refurbished The McMillan Hall in Newton Stewart’s Dashwood Square last Friday afternoon ahead of Monday’s official re-opening.
The handful of councillors who were taken round the updated hall were very impressed with how Dumfries and Galloway Council had spent the £526,000 needed to bring the iconic building into the 21st century.
Council facilities officer Karen Brownlie took the visiting party through all the main rooms, starting with the old customer services office which had been redecorated and fitted with Wifi. The meeting room across the hall had been redecorated as had the old planning office.
Moving into the main hallway downstairs, the community councillor admired the extensive work done to replace the three large windows where dry rot was discovered.
The new state-of-the-art lift to the left of the stairwell was admired and given a test run by community councillor Neil Cairns, who arrived safely on the upper floor while the rest of the party took the long way up.
The main hall has been transformed with a new floor, new curtains, heaters, a multitude of plug sockets and blinds for the windows. The original floor, only a year old. Was completely replaced. This time to improve the acoustics in the downstairs the council has installed a double layer floor with a woodchip layer then a cushioned layer for sports activity topped off by the wooden top layer, all varnished and painted with badminton court lines all ready for the players to return.
For all the clubs that moved to other facilities for the past nine months to allow the refurbishment to go ahead it will be welcome return to familiar surroundings this week.