Bulldozers started clearing the way for a new £5million community hub this week, as plans for the facility continued to gather pace.
East Dunbartonshire councillors approved plans for the Lennoxtown Community Hub in June, with residents given the chance to offer feedback on the project in a series of information sessions over the summer.
A planning application for the new hub, which is being built in partnership with the Council’s development partner hub West Scotland, has now been lodged with a decision due to be taken in November.
Morgan Sindall has been appointed as the main contractor for the hub, and the demolition of the existing buildings on the proposed site on Main Street will start on Monday, October 13. It’s expected to be completed by February 2015.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The development of the new facility will see over £5m of investment by the council within Lennoxtown and will assist with the regeneration of the village centre.
“This is great news for Lennoxtown and reinforces our commitment to the area by providing vital public services at a local level.
“We have been working closely with hub West Scotland, the design team and contractor in bringing this new community facility design to fruition. The council has listened to the feedback from the local community which has been integrated into the building where appropriate and has played an important part in informing the new Hub design.”
A perimeter fence will be erected around the site on Main Street, with a section of the pavement on Main Street, between numbers 44 to 60A, closed from 8am on Monday, October 13, until 6pm on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Alternative routes will be signposted and a temporary pedestrian crossing will be in place.
Councillor Geekie added: “We do understand that a project of this nature, in close proximity to residents has the potential to cause disruption but every measure will be taken, in conjunction with the contractor, to minimise any inconvenience during this period and also to ensure the public’s safety at all times.”