Time to talk turkey on town centre plan
A CONTROVERSIAL £45million masterplan to transform Bishopbriggs town centre is going to be at the centre of a meeting in the New Year.
Representatives from organisations and groups throughout the town will be invited along to the meeting, expected to take place in January.
Bishopbriggs Community Council is organising the event.
Last month, an outline planning application from Muse Developments was approved by the council's planning board.
The plans include a new Morrisons supermarket, new houses, a care home, potential offices/community facilities and a new car park.
Proposals to demolish and relocate St Matthew's Parish Church are also part of the development.
However, several concerns have been raised over the project, including the increase of traffic, the impact on local retailers, and the loss of the 'village' feel of the centre of the town.
The meeting has been backed by the recently formed Cleddens Residents' Group. The group started up following concerns about the proposed development.
Last week, they held a public meeting attended by more than 60 people.
Anne Gillies, a spokesperson for the group, said: "We were really pleased with the turnout and some people have joined our committee as a result.
"People are really angry and many are unaware of the plans.
"Some residents said it was more like a 'disaster plan' than a 'masterplan'.
"They want to keep the old feel and character of the town."
Meanwhile, the campaign group fighting to keep a sports hall - previously used by Bishopbriggs Academy - from being demolished is finalising its business plan to retain the facility.
See this week's Herald for the full story.
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