Eyesore Morrisons supermarket site to be cleared, says MP

MP Jo Swinson has described a delay in developing a site for a new Morrisons superstore in Bishopbriggs as “frustrating”, but has welcomed news that the gap site is to be tidied up.

The East Dunbartonshire MP has held a meeting with senior figures at Morrisons to discuss the supermarket’s plans to build a new store and a petrol station on the site of the old Bishopbriggs High School.

The long-running proposal shows no signs of reaching a conclusion, as Morrisons told Ms Swinson the development in is “still under review” with no decision imminent.

A number of residents have written to the MP expressing their concerns about the poor state of the site.

Ms Swinson raised the matter at the meeting with Morrisons, who confirmed that in January contractors will begin work on clearing up the site, including dealing with overgrown vegetation.

MP Jo Swinson said: “It’s very frustrating that in the last year there has been no progress on the plans for Bishopbriggs town centre, when such a prime site is lying empty and unkempt.

“I know local people and business owners want to know what will happen, which is why I pushed Morrisons for more detail on their intentions. However, I do welcome the fact that there will be some much needed action to tidy up the messy site, and I am pleased that Morrisons will be paying close attention to the state of the site in future to pre-empt any future complaints.”

She added: “At the moment plans seem to be firmly stalled, but I will continue to keep people updated on any future developments.”

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “As our immediate focus is on reducing the price of thousands of products, we don’t yet have a firm timetable for the new store development. We understand this might be disappointing news but want to reassure the community that Morrisons is committed to the future of the Bishopbriggs store.”