Burgh Hall plans could leave us high and dry

Bearsden Burgh Hal
Bearsden Burgh Hal

Bearsden Burgh Hall users have raised major concerns about council plans to

transform the facility into a

‘community hub’.

They fear groups could be left with nowhere to meet and have criticised the way a consultation was held.

East Dunbartonshire Council officials want to turn the Drymen Road building into a ‘one stop shop’, with a range of council services.

It is also proposed to move the library service from Brookwood House to the hall.

However, current hall users claim they would lose out – and traders have expressed anger at plans to take away vital parking places.

Alan Maitland, president of Milngavie and Bearsden Bridge Club, which has been using the hall for 40 years, said his group was not even consulted.

“We seem to have been missed out in the consultation process,” he said.

“The whole thing hasn’t been done well at all.

“The justification for it hasn’t been explained.

“Lots of groups, from the horticultural society to the Taekwon-do, are affected.”

Another hall user, who asked not to be named, said: “Parking at the hall is minimal and bringing in all these extra people means that there will be nowhere for all the cars.

“Shoppers and hall users will lose out.

“The lack of parking in Bearsden is bad enough and now the council wants to introduce a charge which will make it even worse.”

Among the biggest losers could be Bearsden Primary After School Club, which provides a vital service for parents by looking after 200 children.

The club could be made homeless by the plans.

The council’s director of customer relations and organisational development, Ann Davie, said: “The council carried out a wide-ranging consultation in November 2013, during which eight engagement workshops were held.

“All user groups at the Burgh Hall, Kilmardinny House and Brookwood Library, together with key local groups such as community councils and business groups, were invited to participate.

“Through this engagement and additional written submissions, the council now has a clearer picture of the views and future needs of local groups, which will inform the next phase of hub development.”