Fears raised for future of popular community hall

War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs
War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs

Community councillors have provided a robust response to plans to open up several areas of a town to housing developers.

Last week saw the conclusion of a consultation into East Dunbartonshire Council’s Main Issue Report (MIR).

The report outlines what parts of land could be released for housing and business.

It will eventually inform the council’s Local Development Plan - which will govern what’s built where until 2021.

In Bishopbriggs the MIR suggests that the War Memorial Hall, on Balmuildy Road, could be cleared to make way for four new homes.

Other areas identified are Jellyhill, where 20 homes could be built, and a site further north of Balmuildy Road which could become a development of 40 homes.

At last week’s meeting of Bishopbriggs Community Council it was agreed to ask that the plans for the War Memorial Hall be dropped.

Community council planning convener Margaret McNaughton explained: “There would be four houses built on the site, with only one of those being affordable.

“We do not agree with building one affordable property at the cost of destroying a community facility.”

There was also disapproval over the plans for the Balmuildy Road north site, with an alternative development plan being put forward.

Community councillors believe that it should be used as a leisure facility, with an upgraded 3G football pitch, and boat and bike hire.

However, there was more enthusiasm for the Jellyhill site, although there was a request that any housing be combined with “small, modern, good-quality small business units”.

In their response the community council also suggested that a similar mixed use development could be located at land in the town’s St Mungo Street, where there are a series of disused workshops.

East Dunbartonshire councillors are expected to vote on which parts of the plan to advance in the coming months.

Thomas Glen, Director of Development and Regeneration, said, “The consultation on the Main Issues Report has now run its course and I would like to thank all of those who took the trouble to engage with us through public meetings, workshops and drop-in sessions or simply through reading the reports online.

“We have had a significant number of responses and all of these will be acknowledged and analysed before being reported to Councillors, who will then move to prepare a Proposed Plan.”

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