Snubbed! Four people turn up for vital meeting...

Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations. Boat trips from Southbank Marina 1.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations. Boat trips from Southbank Marina 1.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

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TALKS on the future of Kirkintilloch got off to a poor start with just FOUR people turning up to have their say.

Council staff outnumbered residents by more than two-to-one at the ‘Kirkintilloch - Forging the Future Together’ event at Southbank Marina.

Hot topics at the workshop included the possibility of bringing a cinema to the town, building a multi-story car park and the future of the town hall.

The small but vocal turnout also discussed the difficulty in accessing Luggie Park, the possibility of a bus station and a multi-functional civic building for community use.

One of the most controversial ideas mooted was the pedestrianisation of Cowgate - with residents split on whether it would benefit the town or not.

Organisers will hope for a better turnout at the remaining two workshops being held tonight (Wednesday, November 16) and on Wednesday, November 23, 7pm, at Southbank Marina .

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said she was “disappointed” with the low turnout and urged residents to get involved in the process.

She said: “This is a 10 to 15-year plan so it is important that residents get involved. This is not just for today - it’s for tomorrow and the future of the town.

“We will look at the turnout at the remaining meetings and if they are not a success we will have to look at other ways to get the views of a broad range of people in the community.”

Councillor Geekie added: “By coming along to one of the workshops, people can through interactive sessions let us know what they feel makes Kirkintilloch great and what we should build on to make it better.

“Everyone’s ideas will be gathered and considered - from the most simple suggestions, such as more public benches and open space to the more radical, like a bus terminus. I’m looking forward to seeing local people from all walks of life at this week’s workshop.”