Concern over lack of consultation

Bishopbriggs Library
Bishopbriggs Library

Community councillors have demanded to be told when they will have a chance to have their say on a new community hub.

East Dunbartonshire Council is currently pursuing plans to create a hub at Bishopbriggs Library.

In December councillors were presented with the first details of the “preferred option” - a two-storey extension added to the side of the library building, where the current St Matthew’s Parish Church stands.

A new church and church hall would then be built further east of the hub.

But at a meeting of Bishopbriggs Community Council last week, members expressed dismay that they had not yet been consulted - despite detailed architects plans and a shortlist of likely services already produced.

Speaking at the meeting, SNP councillor Anne McNair accused the administration of “back-to-front” consultation, in making decisions before listening to people’s views.

Community councillors previously hit out at a lack of consultation in October last year.

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “The Hub will be developed in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including the community council and Bishopbriggs community, who will have the opportunity to contribute throughout the process.

“The council still needs to obtain confirmation from adjoining land owners as to whether they can work in partnership to deliver the project, for example, bringing the church into the project to provide opportunities in terms of the positioning of the building.

“East Dunbartonshire Council will bring forward details of consultation opportunities in due course.”