Travellers’ site plans in doubt
By david hepburn
HOPES that a derelict site for travelling people could become home to one of the district’s biggest employers have been thrown into doubt.
The facility, in Primrose Way, Lennoxtown, opened in 2002 at a cost of £800,000, but it was vandalised in March 2009 and has been uninhabitable since.
Earlier this year proposals were unveiled for the council-owned land to be sold to Highland Spring, who own a nearby bottled water factory at Veitch Place, with four travellers’ pitches being retained on-site.
Under the plans the company’s existing premises would be acquired by the council “to assist in the regeneration of Lennoxtown”.
But Highland Spring bosses have now submitted a planning application to extend their Veitch Place premises and provide more parking for staff - suggesting they are not intending to move in the near future.
Council chiefs last week remained tight-lipped about whether the plans had now been shelved.
Thomas Glen, the council’s head of development and enterprise, said: “I can confirm that Highland Spring has recently submitted a planning application to extend their warehousing facilities at the existing site. The council, as planning authority, is currently assessing this application.
“As previously reported, we continue to work with the company to support them in maintaining and developing their operation at their existing site and in looking for opportunities to enhance and develop activities in the Lennoxtown area.
“Any further developments will be reported by the council and Highland Spring as discussions progress over the coming months.”