Kicking up a stink over Bishopbriggs “eyesore”

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FED-up locals have called on BP to clean up an abandoned petrol station labelled “an embarrassment”.

The old BP garage on Kirkintilloch Road in Bishopbriggs has lain desolate for nearly a decade.

The site is secured with wire, but shrubbery, grass and moss have been allowed to cover the petrol station since it was vacated by BP in 2002.

Councillor Alan Moir, who represents Bishopbriggs South, has written to BP in London requesting a meeting to see what the company’s plan for the garage is.

Councillor Moir said: “I’ve been informed that the garage is fully owned by BP – it’s not a franchise.

“It is an eyesore and my concern is that some of the consequences that come with areas which are allowed to become run down is they then tend to be targets for vandalism and anti-social behaviour. There are many homes and businesses along that stretch of road and that cannot be allowed to happen here.”

Fed-up residents also say enough is enough.

One Kirkintilloch Road resident, who asked not to be named, told the Herald: “It has become a bit of an embarrassment to Bishopbriggs. It’s a horrible thing to look at, that’s for sure.”

A spokesperson for BP told the Herald: “Since it shut in 2002, we have been actively trying to sell Stuart Service Station in Bishopbriggs.

“Sadly, due to the economic climate, a number of the prospective deals have fallen through, some at the last minute. Clearly the sale of any property can be a protracted affair as most offers are conditional upon planning, up to 18 months.

“We have just accepted an offer unconditionally from a developer and are aiming to complete the sale before the end of the year.”

CALL FOR ACTION: Councillors Michael O’Donnell and Alan Moir are keen to see the site cleaned up.