Local Politicians Welcome Return
Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP have welcomed the re-opening of the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, following a failure of crucial heating systems earlier in the year.
The centre has used a ground source heating system since 2014, that unfortunately now requires replacement. The National Trust for Scotland’s management team have pointed out such technology has significantly improved in the last 8 years, but current international logistics and procurement woes may mean work takes longer than usual.
In the interim the Centre has installed a temporary system to enable the return of visitors and education tours, with the first day of operation set as Friday 11th February.
Alyn Smith MP said:
‘The Bannockburn Visitor Centre is an important feather in Stirling’s cap, playing a key role in the overall tourism, culture and heritage offering of the city and surrounding communities. I’m glad to hear NTS are committed to the future of the site, and will be investing in the facilities necessary to improve the visitor experience.’
‘The pandemic has been hard on many organisations and businesses in our local tourism sector, but as the health situation improves so too will visitor numbers and footfall. Our bid for City of Culture 2025 has showcased the sheer breadth of local talent we have here in Stirling – and the Bannockburn Visitor Centre has a central role to play in that offer.’
Evelyn Tweed MSP said:
‘I’m thrilled to see that Bannockburn Visitor Centre has been able to open its doors once again. It’s an iconic visitor site loved by many people, both local residents as well as tourists.
‘As we emerge from the tough times that the pandemic has brought us, I look forward to seeing the many wonderful tourist exhibits that Stirling has to offer get back on their feet and welcome people back from all over the UK and wider world.’