Town centre masterplan takes shape in Bishopbriggs

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RESIDENTS have helped to draw up a wishlist to transform Bishopbriggs town centre.

Bishopbriggs Town Team, which was formed by residents to create their own vision for the area, has worked with architects Page and Park.

Residents were left disappointed last year that a revised masterplan by supermarket giants Morrisons, who bought the former Bishopbriggs High School site, revealed that only a new store, 450 vehicle car park, and community hub would be built.

They have now put together their own vision for the town after gathering the views of the community.

Crunch talks have been taking place between key stakeholders within the town centre.

Donald Macdonald, from Bishopbriggs Town Team, said: “We are very pleased with what Page and Park have come up with.

“They have listened to what the community has expressed concerns about and what they want to see happen to the town centre.

“The idea is to get everyone working together - Morrisons, Derwent, St Matthew’s Church, town team and the community - to try and produce a new future for the town centre.

“Page and Park have shown that we could have a town centre that people will be proud of.”

Page and Park met with Morrisons’ architects recently.

Traders are hoping to boost their profile with their latest business venture.

Shop owners held the first meeting of the Huntershill Village Business Group recently.

The group, which meets monthly, aims to support businesses in Huntershill Village by looking at ways to boost their profile and bring in new customers. Its launch follows concerns from traders who claim they are struggling to compete with the revitalised Strathkelvin Retail Park.

Mark Hutchinson, chairperson of the group, said: “There are about 30 businesses in Huntershill Village, but not everyone knows about it. This is about raising its profile.”

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