Kirkintilloch KFC take away plans ... are taken away

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FAST food chiefs have scrapped plans to open a drive-thru in Kirkintilloch.

KFC lodged plans to open premises on the site of the former bus depot in the town’s Milton Road two years ago.

However, a spokesperson for the fast food giants told the Herald the company has decided not pursue the opportunity.

It was originally thought KFC would join supermarket chain Lidl as part of an ambitious move to transform the derelict site.

But the fast food outlet has confirmed it is no longer interested in the development - despite being awarded planning permission in principle last autumn.

It was thought the KFC restaurant would have created more than 30 jobs.

When contacted by the Herald, a spokesperson for KFC in Scotland said: “Planning permission was granted for a drive-thru site on Milton Road, however, we have decided not to pursue this opportunity at this time.”

Despite the setback, plans to transform the derelict site are still on track.

Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Planning permission, in principle, was recommended for approval last autumn by East Dunbartonshire Council planning board for the development of a mixed use scheme at the Milton Road site, which includes a supermarket, fast food outlet and business units.”

The local authority also confirmed that Lidl had shown interest in the site although a spokesperson for the supermarket would not comment on the development at this stage.

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