Crunch talks to ‘save’ Briggs shops

Bishopbriggs.  Huntershill village traders working with EDC to try and compete against Strathkelvin Retail Park.  4.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Bishopbriggs. Huntershill village traders working with EDC to try and compete against Strathkelvin Retail Park. 4.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

CONCERNED traders fighting to save their businesses met with council chiefs recently.

Shop owners in Huntershill Village, Bishopbriggs, are struggling to compete with the revitalised Strathkelvin Retail Park.

And some say they could be forced to close if something is not done to help them.

Proposals to erect signs and re-route buses to the village are now being looked at to help raise awareness and improve access.

A spokesperson for Huntershill Village said: “This gives us a fighting chance. It’s early days, but things look a bit more positive.

“The council has told traders that it recognises the importance of Huntershill Village.

“Officials have listened to our concerns and they say they are going to work with us to look at ways of resolving the situation.

“This just shows the importance Bishopbriggs and the council put on Huntershill Village and the contribution it makes to the community. If the initiatives the council’s talking about assist us then we’ve got a chance.”

Huntershill Village is home to over 40 businesses including Bishopbriggs Pet and Aquatic Centre, Curves Gym and the Thomas Muir coffee shop.

Thomas Glen, the council’s head of development and enterprise, said: “The council’s economic development team looks to provide support to businesses across the council area and our meeting with Huntershill traders was part of a wider engagement with local businesses.

“The meeting sought to provide traders with details of available support from the council and its partners and assist them in looking at ways to promote and advertise the businesses to the local community. Further meetings will continue over the coming months.”