Furious residents see red over Orange walk

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop an Orange Order parade passing through a quiet residential area.

Bishopbriggs Reformation Memorial Loyal Orange Lodge 71 has applied for permission to hold the march on May 12.

The walk is a memorial parade in memory of the late R. Gougher.

But residents have raised a number of objections to the parade – and lets of the Memorial Hall – and have collected 150 signatures.

The plan is for the walk to leave from and finish at the War Memorial Hall in Balmuildy Road.

A resident, who lives on the street, said: “We don’t want the parade passing through here because it’s a residential area.

“The community feel threatened and there’s a likelihood of public disorder. There’s also the significant cost to the police for attending the march.

“There have been battles in the past. Last year the route was amended and it started in Auchinairn and finished at the Memorial Hall.

“We request that our council do not permit nor grant any route through our community.”

A resident has also questioned the laying of a wreath at the war memorial in the name of R. Gougher.

He said: “I have spoken with the British Legion and Commonwealth War Graves Commission and they have no record of the surname Gougher in the 1.7million commonwealth forces nor the 67,000 civilians who died as a result of enemy action.”

Robert McLean, executive officer with the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, wants to allay the community’s concerns.

He said: “This is a parade that takes place every year and there was no trouble last year.

“It’s not a big parade and will only take a few minutes to pass by.

“If there are any issues the local community can meet with the council and police to resolve them.

“The police costs are met by the public purse. Everyone who participates in any kind of march are taxpayers.”

Alistair Crighton, head of legal and democratic services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Notice has been received of a procession proposed to start and end at Balmuildy Road, Bishopbriggs, on May 12.

“As this is currently under consideration it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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