Plea to Morrisons - don’t check-out and leave Bishopbriggs site derelict

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LEAVING part of a controversial site derelict is not an option, insist campaigners in Bishopbriggs.

Fears have been expressed that part of the old Bishopbriggs High School site could be left derelict after Morrisons builds its new store.

At a meeting with Bishopbriggs Community Champions last month, Morrisons said its two priorities for the land, which it bought from Muse Developments four months ago, are to build a new supermarket and create a community hub.

The retail giant also said it wants to increase the size of its planned 64,000 square foot supermarket – which currently covers around 60 per cent of the site.

However, the community champions say they are concerned by Morrisons lack of plans for the rest of the massive area.

Dominic Notarangelo, chairman of the community champions, said: “The champions would like to see a masterplan so that, over and above the community hub, we can see what Morrisons intentions are for the rest of the site as we would not like it to turn into a wilderness.

“In the current economic climate there is a concern it could be left undeveloped.

“Building the supermarket and then worrying about the rest of the site later is not an option. I feel more meetings are needed to ensure the site does not become a wilderness.”

The former high school site is part of the Bishopbriggs town centre redevelopment.

Morrisons are currently in negotiations with groups about access agreements to the site.

A spokesperson for Morrisons said: “Engaging with the local community regarding this development is of paramount importance to Morrisons and we will endeavour to discuss any concerns raised by representative groups.”