Review of the Year - part one

As 2015 gets underway we take a look back at the stories that made the headlines in the Kirkintilloch Herald Series and on our webpage in 2014.

Here, in part one of our annual review, we look at just some of the stories we covered from January to June.

Part two (July to December) will be available online from Tuesday, January 6.

January 1, 2014

East Dunbartonshire Council kicked off 2014 with plans to reshape Kirkintilloch town centre, with work planned to involve leisure, business, civic and tourism facilities. Bishopbriggs youngsters were linking with schools across the world as part of a Commonwealth Games project, and in Springburn police were probing a series of festive break-ins.

January 8, 2014

Drivers in Kirkintilloch were urged to show some respect after some people had driven over graves in the town’s Old Aisle Cemetery. In Bishopbriggs torrential rain caused a wharf at the Forth and Clyde Canal to collapse near the Cadder Bridge. And in Springburn youngsters at the Bonnybroom Nursery pledged to get more eco-friendly as part of a greener Glasgow campaign.

January 15, 2014

This story may ring bells, but the incident didn’t as hundreds of people had their phones cut off in Bishopbriggs by a cable theft. Vandals attacked the leisure centre in Kirkintilloch causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage after a huge window was smashed and the air-conditioning damaged. And a £220 million regeneration project for Sighthill was unveiled, with many new homes promised.

January 22, 2014

Villagers in Torrance kicked up a stink over a pong hanging over the area, found to be human waste used on agricultural land. They claimed the smell was making them ill. Also making the news was Balornock Church, which had a new lease of life thanks to a £100,000 transformation.

January 29, 2014

It was revealed that traffic wardens were being brought back to crack down on illegally parked cars on the streets of Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs, for the first time since 2011. The new community wardens would also tackle littering, dog-fouling, anti-social behaviour and smoking legislation enforcement. And despite opposition to the plans two schools in Springburn could be merged. The additional support for learning units at Milton and Ashcraig Schools were to be housed in the new Ashcraig school.

February 5, 2014

Workers moved in to start work on Kirkintilloch Town Hall, as the dream transformation took a step closer to reality. East Dunbartonshire Council pledged to provide new sports facilities at Huntershill, Bishopbriggs. Police in Springburn were probing an attack in Balornock which put a 24-year-old man in hospital.

February 12, 2014

A massive public consultation on plans for the new primary school campus at Sighthill was to be carried out. In Kirkintilloch work was starting on the new £7.7 million Lairdsland Primary School, while proposals for a new Morrisons store in Bishopbriggs were back on the agenda as the council held talks with the supermarket chain.

February 19, 2014

This week Herald readers got a chance to see inside the historic Kirkintilloch Town Hall restoration project, which aims to convert the 108-year-old building into an arts, culture and community venue. Worried residents want a lower speed limit on a road, furious that a 50mph limit was put on the Bishopbriggs Relief Road, without, they claimed, adequate consultation. And in Springburn police were investigating an attempted murder after a man was stabbed in broad daylight. He was seriously ill in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

February 26, 2014

There was a furious outcry over news that cash-strapped East Dunbartonshire Council was increasing its burial charges by 50 per cent. The increase was expected to raise an extra £89,000 a year in revenue for the council, but the size of the increase had been criticised by many people. Police in Springburn were investigating after a 47-year-old man was deliberately struck by a car on Royston Road.

March 5, 2014

Police were conducting a murder investigation after a 48-year-old woman was found dead in her home in north Glasgow. She was found in a flat in Barmulloch. Meanwhile, a controversial decision to merge two primary schools was going ahead despite a campaign by concerned parents. Lenzie and Lenzie Moss primaries are to merge in a new building on the Lenzie Moss site.

March 12, 2014.

Kirkintilloch’s town centre masterplan was taking shape, with pavement works paving the way for the new project. In Bishopbriggs the council came under fire over class sizes, with SNP and Labour councillors at loggerheads. In Springburn caring pupils at All Saints Secondary School stepped up to help a foodbank.

March 19, 2014

Families in Springburn were led to safety after a fire broke out in their three storey tenement. Two children and four adults were rescued by firefighters. A local dad became one of the small number of people in the world to complete the World Marathon Majors - six runs across the globe. Former policeman Colin Robertson (52) completed his sporting feat despite having had a total knee reconstruction.

March 26, 2014

Motorists were bracing themselves for the return of traffic wardens, with new parking restrictions throughout East Dunbartonshire towns and villages coming into effect in April. Meanwhile, a spring clean helped transform Milton of Campsie’s derelict railway station, with more than 40 volunteers working to revitalise the area.

April 2, 2014

A heartfelt appeal waslaunched to raise funds to buy vital equipment which could transform a four-year-old’s life. Little Claire Buchanan’s mum said she was the happiest girl, but the new equipment could be life-changing. A Bishopbriggs councillor called for a run-down doctors’ surgery to be refurbished rather than closed. And in Balornock a £200,000 community facility was opened.

April 9, 2014

Non-existent yellow lines caused headaches for motorists after they were fined under new rules - despite their being no lines to notify them. The fines came just hours after the new traffic wardens took to the streets and some motorists were worried that the new wardens had not had sufficient training to comply with the laws. Drivers were left shaken after teenagers hurled stones and bricks onto the motorway near Robroyston.

April 16, 2014

Council chiefs warned the people of East Dunbartsonhire they are facing even more cuts. £20million savings must be found on top of £40 million already cut over the last eight years. The council launched an online budget simulator to show the real world impact of cuts and urged readers to go online to see for themselves the impact of the budget restrictions. Controversial plans to demolish the Red Road flats as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony were scrapped.

April 23, 2014

Parking wardens raked in £5,400 in the first week of the new scheme being introduced, with 180 drivers being issued with tickets after falling foul of the new laws. Meanwhile, work on a new £2.7 million community centre for the people of Hillhead in Kirkintilloch was well underway. News that the Red Road flats would not be demolished was a positive opportunity, said MSP Bob Doris.

April 30, 2014

Plans to merge St Agatha’s and St Flannan’s primary schools in Kirkintilloch were back in the headlines. A report on the merger plans drew 105 responses, with 72 in favour, including 68 out of the 70 from St Flannan’s respondents. The Marie Curie hospice in Stobhill received one of its biggest single donations, with £50,000 coming from businessman John Watson OBE, from Bearsden.

May 7, 2014

Pupils and parents took to the streets to campaign to save St Agatha’s Primary School. They staged a demo outside the council headquarters to object to plans to merge their school with St Flannan’s. A centre for the elderly in Springburn was awarded a £6,000 grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland community fund. The Alive and Kicking project was planning to use the funding to buy new tables and chairs for its meeting place.

May 14, 2014

A special meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council was due to debate the fate of two primary schools, with elected members voting on whether to proceed with controversial plans to merge Kirkintilloch’s St Agatha’s and St Flannan’s primary schools. Schools and community groups in Springburn have been working together with a prestigious theatre company to celebrate the area’s industrial past.

May 21, 2014

Parents have vowed to fight on despite councillors voting in favour of controversial plans to merge two local primary schools. The move, affecting St Agatha’s and St Flannan’s, was approved despite a demonstration by Save Our Schools campaigners outside the council headquarters. Police have issued a warning over doorstep conmen, with extra patrols being introduced in Springburn after a spate of incidents.

May 28, 2014

Council leaders put their former headquarters, Tom Johnston House, on the market. It had been empty since East Dunbartonshire Council moved its HQ to Southbank Marina in August 2012. The 10-acre site had been earmarked for a supermarket, petrol station, restaurant and nursery. In Bishopbriggs police launched a blitz on under-age drinkers with booze being seized. Residents in the Red Road area were given complimentary tickets to the Commonwealth Games opening festivities as a “goodwill gesture”.

June 4, 2014

Plans for a new community hub in Lennoxtown moved a step closer. Council chiefs pledged to listen to the community and revise plans for the new facility. Initial plans were scaled back to stay in budget, but would still offer a range of services. Campaigner Tom Herbert stepped up his fight to have chemotherapy services delivered at Stobhill Hospital.

June 11, 2014

Concerned residents got set for a battle with housing developers in a bid to block 200 new homes being built on greenbelt land at Crosshill Road in Lenzie. A petition was launched against the proposals.

Meanwhile, proposals for new rail links for Lenzie and Bishopbriggs were in the news as part of transport improvements. And in Robryoston karate kid Adam Smillie brought home two bronze medals from the World Championships, days after taking gold and silver at the Scottish Karate National Championships.

June 18, 2014

A 140-year-old church was threatened with closure. The presbytery planned to merge it with a neighbouring parish church. A shortage of church ministers was to blame for the proposed closure of Lenzie Old Parish Church, which could merge with Lenzie Union Church. Taxi drivers in Springburn were to be shadowed by plain clothes police officers to crack down on thefts and assaults in late night incidents.

June 25, 2014

Residents claimed a local park was giving off a foul smell. Concerns about pollution in the burn that runs through Bishopbriggs Park were raised at a meeting of Bishopbriggs Community Council. Some parents demanded reassurance from Scottish Water that the area was safe for their children to play in. A new report showed that Springburn had been suffering the effects of recent government welfare cuts more than three times the rate of other areas in Scotland. And across East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and North Glasgow crowds gathered to welocme the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.