Prior to the Covid lockdown in 2020, the building accommodated Stirling Council’s Local Office and Registration Service. Most of the remainder of the building was either unused or underused. As things stand, we are waiting for news from the Council about if and when staff will return.
In 2014, the Council proposed moving services out of the building with a view to selling it, however, following a robust community response, this plan was dropped.
In 2018 , Dunblane Community Council and Dunblane Development Trust agreed to work together to ensure that the Burgh Chambers remains a community asset. This led to the establishment of Creative Dunblane, which in August 2023 was granted charitable status (a SCIO).
Creative Dunblane is working towards the long-term goal of transferring ownership of the building from the Council to the community. To make an asset transfer request to the Council, the group will have to have a clear idea about what they want to do with the building and how having the asset will be good for the Dunblane community.
During 2022, Creative Dunblane established Dunblane Digital Makerspace in the Burgh Chambers – this was assisted by funding, amongst others, from Dunblane Community Council and Discover Dunblane. Dunblane Digital Makerspace is now a Community Interest Company (a CIC) who is separate from but closely linked in to Creative Dunblane
If you’d like to help Creative Dunblane to take over the Burgh Chambers and develop appropriate activities, please get in touch.