Action call over eyesore site

Councillor John McLaren at former petrol station.
Councillor John McLaren at former petrol station.

An eyesore site that had to be camouflaged during the Commonwealth Games is still waiting for its transformation into a shop.

Now a local councillor is hoping that urgent talks can get work moving on the site, to either open the new firm or to clear up the area.

Councillor John McLaren says the impression the former petrol station gives of Muirhead village is the wrong one.

“The old petrol station at Crow Wood on Cumbernauld Road is a total eyesore. A lot of local business has been passing the village by because people think the whole village is like that.

“We’ve got businesses suffering because of this.”

Councillor McLaren, a Labour councillor for the area, said that when the cycling event passed through the village during Glasgow 2014 North Lanarkshire Council had to screen the garage off as it looked so bad.

“We had to camouflage it because it looked such a mess,” he said.

In May 2013 Glasgow firm GHSL was granted planning permission to replace a temporary cabin on the site and to supply an ATM bank machine, to form a shop. The exisiting concrete sections of the building was to remain, and they only wanted a five-year permission for the site.

The applicant told North Lanarkshire Council that its long term aim was demolish the whole site and build a new petrol station, but they expected that wouldn’t take place for a couple of years.

However, work has as yet to start on the site, and Councillor McLaren says that it is bring down the area.

A council spokesperson said: “Concerns over the condition of the former petrol station at Crowwood have been raised with the owners, and we understand that the owner and his architect are meeting shortly to consider their options for the site.

“We have offered to meet with them on site to discuss the concerns expressed and to try to find a short term solution while they consider the longer term options for the land.”

The Herald tried to contact the developers of the site for comment, without success.