Crunch talks on town centre plans

Bishopbriggs Cross where drivers are complaining that more cars are jumping through the red lights 12.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Bishopbriggs Cross where drivers are complaining that more cars are jumping through the red lights 12.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

EFFORTS to map out a fresh future for Bishopbriggs town centre are moving ahead.

Councillor Billy Hendry, deputy leader at East Dunbartonshire Council, chaired the first in a series of joint meetings with key stakeholders recently.

The talks brought together representatives from Morrisons, Bishopbriggs Town Team, Derwent London who own the Triangle, and a representative from St Matthew’s Parish Church.

Councillors Una Walker and Anne McNair also attended along with East Dunbartonshire Council’s chief executive Gerry Cornes and senior officers.

Plans for the town centre have been thrown into turmoil recently. Residents were left disappointed that a revised masterplan by Morrisons revealed that only a new store, 450 vehicle car park, and community hub would be built.

They formed Bishopbriggs Town Team to put together their own masterplan.

Then, last month, Morrisons said it was going to re-think its plans following a massive public outcry.

Over the coming months, it is intended to draw together work undertaken by the Town Team and Archdiocese to inform the development of a masterplan for the town centre, to be submitted by Morrisons as part of their existing planning consent.

Councillor Hendry welcomed the involvement of all parties and their commitment to the process.

He said: “I am delighted that all the key stakeholders attended this first meeting and are committed to working together to develop a shared vision for Bishopbriggs.

“I felt it was critical to bring everyone together to ensure that the community was at the heart of this process and ensure that the council, Morrisons and other stakeholders are able to listen and feedback as plans develop over the coming months.”

The group is due to meet again in March.

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