Morrisons, rare praise for library and privacy concerned – this week’s Letters to the Editor

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Praise for new-look library

IN reply to Tom Breslin’s letter in last week’s Herald, I would just like to say that I was in the [William Patrick] library a couple of days ago and, although I was one of the ones who signed the petition, I think quite a good job has been done.

The library is so much brighter and to me there is still quite a lot of book space, not as much as there was, but I would say enough for this day and age when people are now reading books via kindle.

I was quite surprised at how the library looked when I walked in until I wandered round and had a good look.

So long as the council don’t make it any smaller it is fine.

B. Moore

(via e mail)

Concerns for privacy

RE Revitalise land in Westerhill Road, Bishopbriggs.

Although I am all in favour of more ‘facilities’ being introduced to Bishopbriggs, especially on the leisure side of things, I am, however, concerned with the fact that this land lies behind my house, therefore could infringe on my privacy.

Especially with the introduction of higher buildings such as office blocks and a hotel.

The type of house in which I live, along with all other residents in the Cleddens area, has bedrooms to the rear of our properties. At the moment we have a clear outlook with no opportunity for people to be able to see into our houses. Will this be considered by EDC and will all residents be consulted prior to work being carried out?

Paula Green,


In whose interests?

MORRISONS say they are committed to Bishopbriggs town centre and to the needs and desires of our community.

They have recently introduced a new planning application for a petrol station in the heart of the town centre – a feature not in their original plans.

Their masterplan submission states that this petrol station is ‘an element introduced by Morrisons to offset rising development costs brought about by amendments to site layout in response to consultation’.

In other words, yes, they will listen to the community and as a result make some changes to their plans to help deliver what the community want, but there will be a cost – in the form of additional developments that they want to see.

So just whose interests are being put first?

Name and address supplied

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

WITH reference to the report in the Herald (September 26) on the workshops relating to the future of primary schools in East Dunbartonshire, I was surprised at the statement that doing nothing is not an option. Actually, it is a good option.

The delivery of education to the children is of a high standard.

Also, the schools are well placed in the various catchment areas, resulting in the majority of the children being able to walk to them, giving them exercise and obviating the use of cars and the associated pollution.

By all means let us look to improvement, but it would be quite wrong to adopt the empty old catch phrase: “The status quo is not an option”.

Rather: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

At least until something better comes up, that is.

Bill Findlay,

Kenmure Drive,


I’ll be back, says runner

I CAN’T say I knew Neil McCover well, but as a fellow police officer I met him on a few occasions and I can honestly say I never saw him without a smile on his face.

He will surely have been smiling on Sunday (October 7) watching over his memorial half marathon.

I was a bit unsure about entering. I thought I would be out of place amongst a field of club runners, but I needn’t have worried.

This event catered for all abilities and is one which East Dunbartonshire can be proud of.

I’m sure everyone who took part is as grateful as I am to those who made the event possible, especially Kirkintilloch Olympians, those supporters who cheered us on, the scouts for handing out water, the patient motorists who waited for us to pass, Sgt John Gemmell and his crew of police officers who, along with the marshals, kept us all safe on the day.

The event put a smile on my face and I’ll certainly be there next year.

Andy Fairie,


Traffic controls

I WENT along to the Bishopbriggs retail park to cheer on the runners in the Kirkintilloch half marathon.

I am disappointed that there were no traffic controls in place to either re-route the traffic or to direct the traffic.

Many of the runners were having difficulty crossing Kirkintilloch Road just along from the Torrance roundabout.

Some of the cars were travelling at a terrible speed, others were very considerate.

I have friends who travelled from Paisley to run this race and am disappointed with the organisation.

I hope next year’s race is better organised.

Lynda Campbell,


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