Call to transform site earmarked for store

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A derelict site earmarked for a new supermarket could be transformed while waiting for work on the project to begin, says LibDem Jo Swinson.

Stalled Spaces is an initiative aimed at bringing derelict and vacant land back in to temporary use to benefit communities.

East Dunbartonshire Council is one of seven local authority areas awarded funding from Architect & Design Scotland to deliver the Stalled Spaces Scotland Project, a national programme to enable the temporary use of under-used spaces, stalled development sites or vacant and derelict land.

The council has arranged a series of drop-in information sessions to provide advice and support on what is considered a stalled space and what is a suitable activity.

Ms Swinson is contacting Stalled Spaces to see if the site for a new Morrisons store, on the former Bishopbriggs High School site,is a suitable space and what type of activity would make the most sense there.

She told the Herald: “This large site is right in the centre of Bishopbriggs and it’s been left derelict for too long.

“Until Morrisons take their plans for development further, a Stalled Space project is a wonderful opportunity for local residents and groups to get creative about using it for the benefit of the community.”

Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “East Dunbartonshire Council is delighted to be working with Architecture and Design Scotland as part of the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme.

“The Morrisons site in Bishopbriggs was in fact discussed at the recent information session in the town and we explained that it would be inappropriate for the Council to contact Morrisons before a group has approached us with a potential idea for the site.

“We aim to support and empower community groups to bring under-used spaces back into positive use on a temporary basis, and would invite people to come forward with ideas and proposals for any site.’’

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