Compound concerns over new homes in Kirkintilloch

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FEARS have been raised over an eyesore in Kirkintilloch.

In January this year, councillors approved the building of 18 new homes for rent in the Waterside area of Kirkintilloch by Link Housing.

But Waterside Community Council and nearby residents say they were shocked to learn just last week that a large construction site is to be built in the middle of Taig Road – which could be there for a whole year.

Local councillor Stewart MacDonald says residents are “broadly supportive” of the build – which will also include landscaping and a new playpark.

However, Councillor MacDonald added: “This has come as a shock. Residents were only informed last week by the construction company that a compound will be sited for a year outside their homes. It is very unfortunate that this has happened as a huge consultation involving Link Housing and the council took place over two years to ensure that residents were fully informed of what was planned.

“But the construction company only notified residents about plans for the compound at the last minute.”

The Kirkintilloch East and Twechar councillor has helped organise a site visit so that affected residents can put their views directly to the construction company and to Link Housing.

It will take place today (Wednesday).

Councillor MacDonald said: “I think this development will be good for Waterside, but I do share the concerns of local residents about the way they have been informed about the compound.

“I feel it is important that the developers engage with the local community and am glad that they have agreed to the meeting.”

A spokesperson for Link Housing said: “We are working to find a suitable position for the site and have established a number of options with the contractor which we will discuss with residents.”

The council’s head of development and enterprise, Thomas Glen, said the council was awaiting details from Link Housing about the site.

He stressed: “The details of the site compound have to be approved by the planning authority in consultation with the roads service prior to works commencing. The conditions of the planning consent require the construction of a new playpark within the site and for this to be completed within six months of the first dwelling unit being occupied.”