Councillor gives up vote to hit out at plans

FEARS have been raised for the future of Bishopbriggs town centre.

Deputy council leader Billy Hendry has hit out at proposals by supermarket giants Morrisons to create a new store, car park and community hub on the former Bishopbriggs High School site.

He wants to see a masterplan created for the whole of the town centre and not just the former school site.

But by speaking out against the Morrisons proposals, Councillor Hendry will not be allowed to vote on the application when it comes before the planning board.

The Bishopbriggs North and Torrance councillor said: “I’m extremely worried about the future of Bishopbriggs town centre and I can’t sit here and not open my mouth.

“The town centre will not function as we know it with these plans for a new Morrisons. We need a full and comprehensive masterplan involving all parties in Bishopbriggs town centre.”

Morrisons own the former Bishopbriggs High School site, but their current store and surrounding site at the Triangle is owned by Derwent.

Residents have hit out at the revised plans put forward by Morrisons and were expecting more than a supermarket and community hub.

Now the community champions group, which was set up to allow residents and businesses to liaise with developers on the plans, has decided to put together its own vision for the town centre.

The group will be consulting with locals and appointing an architect to draw up a masterplan.

Councillor Hendry added: “In the New Year I plan to meet with the champions and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them to get people to come up with ideas for the town centre.”