Councillor in bid to light up Bishopbriggs
A councillor is calling for a landmark building in Bishopbriggs to be included in marking national days of awareness.
Councillor Alan Moir (Labour, Bishopbriggs South) told the Herald that while public buildings in Kirkintilloch, Milngavie and Bearsden lit up for last week’s National Day of Reflection - no similar site in Bishopbriggs was included.
Councillor Moir said: “It is fantastic that our main public buildings in East Dunbartonshire are used on occasions to allow us all to reflect, raise awareness and promote important public messages and also to acknowledge important national annual events.
“East Dunbartonshire has poignantly marked many initiatives and causes – Holocaust Memorial Day, Show Racism the Red Card, World Parkinson’s Day, Purple Day - raising awareness about epilepsy, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign and during Remembrance Week, Poppy Scotland.
“More recently we joined the rest of the nation with the lighting up of our main public buildings across the authority yellow, supporting National Day of Reflection.”
He added: “Bishopbriggs main land mark, the Library, has not been able to join similar tributes made at the William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch, Milngavie Town Hall or Bearsden Community Hub.
“At our last full council meeting, I raised this anomaly and my ambition to have the ability of lighting up Bishopbriggs Library for all future causes and to be an improved focal point for the town centre and Bishopbriggs community.
“I am mindful that the main priority for the East Dunbartonshire Council is its continued local response to COVID 19 - that priority absolutely has to come first.
“At a time, hopefully sooner than later, we can use the general consensus that I felt from the last full council meeting and make the necessary arrangements to light up Bishopbriggs.”
Many local people joined the nationwide minute of silence, organised by cancer charity Marie Curie, which took place at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 23. People were also asked to shine a light using phones, candles and torches on their doorsteps at 8pm to remember those who had lost their lives through Covid.