Banking on a new venue for dancers

Bank branch closed last year, leaving only a cash machine.
Bank branch closed last year, leaving only a cash machine.

Plans have been drawn up to convert an empty former bank in Bothwell’s Main Street into a dance studio for children.

Clydesdale Bank closed its branch in the village last year, leaving just a cash machine, and the building was put on the market.

Now proposals to breathe new life into it have been lodged with South Lanarkshire Council.

The applicant, Louise McHendrie, explained that demand for dance tuition is growing. Her organisation currently has a limited number of classes running in a commmunity hall and having dedicated premises would enable her to offer a wider variety.

It’s intended to have classes running six days a week, Monday to Saturday, in the afternoons and evenings. Ms McHendrie plans to offer ballet, Highland dancing, streetdancing, cheerleading and more.

She said: “Teachers are all industry professionals, bringing a wealth of knowledge, inspiration and education. We’ll be within walking distance for chidren and a safe store for bikes will encourage cycling.

“We instil discipline, a sense of commitment and achievement to children, providing them with exciting opportunities in travel and performance.”

One villager said: “No one wants to see a prominent Main Street building lying empty and this proposed use is certainly different to anything we’ve had before. It shows how village centres are changing.”