End in sight for village eyesore

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A FORMER factory which has long been a village eyesore has attracted the attention of a developer.

Derelict buildings on the Lillyburn Works site, in Milton of Campsie, have long been a safety concern for residents.

The site has lain unused for several years after the company that owned it, and was going to build new offices, went into liquidation.

In 2006 a major fire ripped through some of the buildings, while others are in an unstable condition.

Last week Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor John Dempsey revealed that there could be light on the horizon - after a developer expressed interest in the site.

He said: “Following representation from constituents over a number of years, I understand that a pre-application meeting will be held with a developer and council officials, at which I would hope a planning application would be submitted to develop the site.

“In the meantime, I understand they are going to do some cleaning up of the site, which hopefully will go some way to clear up this eyesore.”

He added: “If the pre-application doesn’t result in a planning application then I would hope that the council will issue an enforcement order.”

Meanwhile, Milton of Campsie Community Council chairman Syd Sharp and MP Gregg McClymont have welcomed the news that the eyesore is to be tidied up.

Springfield Property, who own the site of the old printworks expect the clean-up to take up to six weeks.

ON SITE: MP Gregg McClymont, Michael Donaghy and community council chairman Syd Sharp.