Plans for town centre attract hundreds of comments

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RESIDENTS have had their say over controversial plans for a town centre.

More than 400 comments have been made over the controversial proposals by supermarket giants Morrisons.

They recently lodged two planning applications for Bishopbriggs.

One is for a new state-of-the-art food store on the former Bishopbriggs High School site and another for a petrol station and long-stay car park.

The planning application for the new store, which can been viewed on East Dunbartonshire Council’s website, has attracted 227 comments, while 186 people have submitted views about the petrol station.

However, the comments are not available to view on the website.

Further representations may also have been made in writing to the council.

A recent public meeting to discuss the proposals attracted more than 100 people.

It was organised by Cleddens Residents’ Group and Bishopbriggs Town Team to let people know about the plans for the town centre.

Pat McBride, chairperson of Cleddens Residents’ Group, said: “I’m pleased with the number of comments people have made.

“Quite a few people came to us, some looking for advice on how to write letters and others gave us information to put forward for them.

“I would say to anyone who has further comments to submit them.

“Even if you don’t mind the supermarket being there, there are other things you can comment on.”

Many concerns have been raised about the development including the size and position of the supermarket, the increase in traffic and pollution, public safety and the loss and lack of community facilities.

For more on this story see this week’s paper

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