Fears over trashed travellers site

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AMBITIOUS plans to revamp a vandalised travellers site at the foot of the Campsie Hills have been condemened as ‘pie in the sky’.

The controversial facility, on Primrose Way in Lennoxtown, opened in 2002 at a cost of £800,000.

In March 2009 washrooms and buildings were destroyed by vandals, making the site an uninhabitable magnet for fly-tippers ever since.

In July this year, East Dunbartonshire Council announced plans to sell the site to Highland Spring to replace their current bottling plant located nearby.

Since then there has been no further news and Highland Spring has applied for planning permission to improve their current facility.

One Lennoxtown resident said: “It’s pretty clear that Highland Spring were never interested in the site, but the council is happy to let people think they might be so they have an excuse to do nothing about it. It’s nothing more than pie in the sky.”

In April this year a council spokesperson told the Herald that four new pitches would be built at the site and that it was anticipated that it would become operational again in 2012.

Derek Cunningham, the council’s director of development and infrastructure, said: “We remain in discussions with Highland Spring regarding their current and future operations in the Lennoxtown area.

“We are committed to working with them as a key employer in the local area to secure and look to develop investment and employment opportunities.

“These discussions include consideration of immediate and longer term options for the company.

“The council maintains its commitment to providing facilities for Scottish gypsy travellers and is currently reviewing the available provision and working with our insurers in relation to the damage to the existing site.”