Have your say on town centres’ future

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Local residents are being urged to help guide the future of Bearsden, Bishopbriggs and Milngavie town centres.

East Dunbartonshire Council is preparing strategies for each of the town centres and wants to hear from businesses and residents on key issues, as

well as opportunities for improvement.

The focus is initially on Bearsden, Bishopbriggs and Milngavie as Kirkintilloch has an ongoing Masterplan.

The strategies tie in with the Proposed Local Development Plan - currently

under a Scottish Government review which is expected to be completed soon - and the council’s forthcoming Economic Development


People are being invited to have their say via an online survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMBCKCF before Friday, October 21.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, said, “The aim is to set out a positive, long-term vision for each town centre and

specific future actions.

“This will provide a reference point for new development proposals and give our town centres the best chance to thrive and prosper in the long term.

“It is essential that the people who live and work in the respective town centres, as well as those that regularly visit them, have an early

opportunity to get involved.

“Local communities, and businesses in particular, are best placed to work with us to address the key issues facing each town centre, and to help

identify opportunities for improvement and enhancement.

“I would urge everyone with an interest in Bearsden, Bishopbriggs and Milngavie town centres to complete the online survey, which aims to gain

feedback on their strengths, weaknesses and key requirements.

“The council will also be engaging directly with town centre partners and other relevant groups, as part of the preparation of each strategy.”

The Economic Development Strategy (EDS) aims to expand the local economy and encourage investment by supporting businesses, town centres and the

tourism industry.

Initial consultation on the new EDS took place in the spring - seeking views on the various attractions and assets in the area, and what people

want from the East Dunbartonshire economy.

The council says “relevant outcomes” will be reflected in the Town Centre Strategies.