Eyesore razed to the ground

Former Coop site
Former Coop site

A building which has blighted a town centre since being gutted by fire over seven years ago has finally been demolished.

The former Co-op premises at 85-97 Townhead, in Kirkintilloch, has been in a poor state of repair since the blaze in February 2007.

Since then it has been the subject of numerous safety complaints, as well as being an eyesore.

The previous owners of the building had announced a scheme to develop the site into shops and flats, but no plans were forthcoming.

Last summer, after successfully securing £200,000 from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Funding programme, East Dunbartonshire Council bought the building.

The council’s policy and resources committee agreed on September 12 last year that the building should be demolished and the site transferred to Trust Housing Association – subject to planning permission for affordable housing.

It was announced at the time that the council had submitted a planning application and building warrant to demolish the property, with work due to take place in Summer/Autumn 2015.

Demolition crews moved onto the site recently and the building was reduced to a pile of rubble last week.

It’s now hoped that the site will be transformed into much-needed new affordable housing.

Thomas Glen, director of development and rRegeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Work is underway at the former Co-op premises at 85-97 Townhead, with

demolition due to be completed during week commencing 13 July.

“Thereafter it is proposed to transfer the cleared site to Trust Housing Association. The aim is to create affordable homes, but at the moment proposals remain indicative – with planning permission not yet sought.

“It remains the aspiration of the council and Trust Housing Association to create affordable flats on the site - which will increase the population of those living within the town centre, a central aim of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan.”