We’ve been let down over town centre plans, say residents

BISHOPBRIGGS CROSS'EM'3/12/10

BISHOPBRIGGS CROSS'EM'3/12/10

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NEW plans for Bishopbriggs town centre have left residents gutted.

Supermarket giants Morrisons met with the community champions group to brief them on a revised masterplan ahead of a public exhibition last week.

The plans now include a new supermarket on the site of the former Bishopbriggs High School, which will replace the existing store at the Triangle, a car park and community hub. There is a possibility of further phases of development.

But residents feel that a big opportunity to develop Bishopbriggs town centre is being lost.

The community champions group was set up to allow residents and businesses to liaise with developers on the plans.

Chairman Dominic Notarangelo said: “They are suggesting further phases of development at the existing Triangle site, but they have no control over that because the site is owned by Derwent.

“We’ve got an opportunity to redevelop the town centre for the next 50 years, but that opportunity is being lost. We were led to believe we were going to get a significant redevelopment.”

Mr Notarangelo added: “The revised masterplan has disappointed the champions group. We would urge as many people as possible to go to the consultation this week.”

Morrisons said the new “state-of-the-art” store will bring 100 new full-time and part-time jobs for locals. And up to 180 construction jobs will be created.

Richard Bakes, development executive for Morrisons, said: “The masterplan will be delivered in phases, with the new Morrisons store forming phase one.

“It is our plan to give the people of Bishopbriggs our most modern store, what we call a Store of the Future. It incorporates our full offering, including our fresh market concept of a butcher, fishmonger, delicatessen and fresh-to-go bakery.”

He added: “We operate at the heart of many communities and we are looking forward to helping to regenerate this site.”