What’s happening with Morrisons plans for Bishopbriggs?

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THE public’s views on controversial plans for a town centre must be heard.

That is the demand from MP Jo Swinson, who has held fresh talks with supermarket giants Morrisons over their plans for Bishopbriggs.

Morrisons purchased the site of the former Bishopbriggs High School last year.

Planning permission is in place for a 64,000sq ft store, which will form part of proposals for a major town centre revamp. But many Bishopbriggs residents feel they’re being left in the dark over the development.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson said: “With very little news of the Bishopbriggs town centre site recently, it’s understandable that local people will have concerns about what’s going on.”

Ms Swinson met with Morrisons’ Scottish development executive Andrew Wood recently.

She said: “Morrisons are currently working out the most effective means of access to the site, which is a vital consideration in the long-term to avoid further traffic problems around Bishopbriggs Cross. I hope that agreement can be reached soon on this, so that the important task of consulting the community can go ahead. With a new community hub and possible residential and retail development on the cards, the public’s views must be heard.”

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We are currently considering all of our options with a view to holding another public consultation later in the year. Plans are at an early stage, but we are working closely with the council to agree a scheme that will exceed everyone’s expectations.”