You could speak to the cops, council and fire under one roof!

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FIRST-stop shops offering council, police, fire, health and other services under one roof are on the way to Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Lennoxtown.

The new Community Hubs are set to offer access to a range of public and voluntary organisations.

The aim is to save cash and make services easier to access.

East Dunbartonshire Council has secured £2.25million in “enabling funds” from the Scottish Futures Trust.

The cash can be used to buy land, start preparatory works and pay for decontamination, construction and other costs.

The Lennoxtown Community Hub project has been allocated £500,000, while Bishopbriggs Community Hub is receiving £750,000.

Funding of £1million has been pledged for accommodation/operational centre in the Westerhill area of Bishopbriggs.

To qualify for funding – via the West Territory Hub Initiative – the council was able to show its projects can “progress” in 2012/2013.

Councillor John Dempsey, vice-convener of development and infrastructure, said it was “great news”.

The council’s ongoing asset review aims to save and raise cash by selling off surplus accommodation and land.

Funds generated will help to deliver the hub initiatives.

The council aims to set up hubs in towns in East Dunbartonshire – Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Milngavie, Bearsden and Lennoxtown.

A spokesperson said: “Timescales and full costs are still being worked up as we develop the design for each facility. Community engagement will be carried out for each hub and more details will be forthcoming as the concept is progressed for each individual community.”