Good news in site for travelling facility?

Lennoxtown Traveller's Site. Councillor Dempsey and Campsie Community Council Chairperson David Carlin complaining about fly-tipping 4.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Lennoxtown Traveller's Site. Councillor Dempsey and Campsie Community Council Chairperson David Carlin complaining about fly-tipping 4.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A MAJOR employer could be set to move onto the site of a controversial travelling persons site.

The facility, on Primrose Way in Lennoxtown, originally opened in 2002 at a cost of £800,000.

However, it was trashed by vandals in March 2009 and since then has been uninhabitable . . . and a magnet for fly-tippers.

Earlier this year East Dunbartonshire Council announced plans to rebuild four pitches at the site, which would become “operational” again in 2012.

In the council’s recent strategic asset review (see left) the site was earmarked for possible sale to Highland Spring, which owns the nearby bottled water factory.

The plans would still provide four pitches for travelling people, as well as the “option to acquire the existing Highland Spring site as part of a transaction to assist in the regeneration of Lennoxtown”.

Council chiefs were remaining tight-lipped about the plans, but the Herald understands that discussions are at an advanced stage.

Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire’s head of development and enterprise, said: “East Dunbartonshire Council is working proactively with Highland Spring to support the company in both maintaining and developing its business interests within Lennoxtown.

“Discussions between the parties are ongoing and include consideration of options for developing the business on its existing site and possible expansion opportunities in the local area.

“East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to supporting local businesses such as Highland Spring and hopes to provide further details on these discussions over the coming weeks.”

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor John Dempsey said: “I would welcome anything that would lead to the business expanding and providing more jobs for the area.”