Community split over plans for new superstore

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A SURVEY carried out into controversial plans for a town centre have attracted mixed views from residents.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson carried out the survey on proposals for Bishopbriggs as part of her latest e-consultation.

Supermarket chain Morrisons have lodged two planning applications for the town centre.

One is for a new state-of-the-art food store on the former Bishopbriggs High School site and another for a petrol station and long-stay car park.

Just over 100 people completed Ms Swinson’s survey.

It focused on the redevelopment of Bishopbriggs town centre, in particular, the applications recently submitted by Morrisons.

Around 35 per cent of respondents thought the current state of the town centre was poor, with too much traffic, a lack of retailers and a lack of character.

Meanwhile 40 per cent felt the current town centre was acceptable. When it came to plans for a new Morrisons superstore respondents were divided, with 55 per cent were against and 45 per cent for it.

Some residents are worried about the size of the store and its potential to change the character of the town, increase traffic, and the impact it would have on town centre businesses.

See this week’s paper for more on this story.

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