Crucial time for Woodilee clock tower

COUNCILLORS have rejected an application to demolish the clock tower in the grounds of Woodilee Hospital.

Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust's bid to remove the listed building was overwhelmingly turned down at a meeting of East Dunbartonshire's Planning Board last week.

The tower has not been used for several years, and was badly damaged by fire in July.

However, Lenzie councillor Anne Jarvis believes the decision to reject the application, which had also been opposed by Lenzie Community Council, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Civic Trust, was correct.

Councillor Jarvis told the Planning Board meeting: "The decision to refuse the application to demolish the tower is most welcome.

"I believe it will be supported by other members.

"It is apparent that we are trying to preserve what buildings are left on the site."

Historic Scotland had called for the building to be included in any future plans for the Woodilee Hospital site, which has been identified by East Dunbartonshire Council as suitable for redevelopment, subject to a specific plan.

Lenzie Community Council also believe the tower should be the "focal point" in the future development of the site, and indicated the building could be retained and improved.