Take a walk down memory lane with the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald

New Kirk Square, bearsden
New Kirk Square, bearsden

50 years ago

Homeowners in Bearsden welcomed news that the town’s council has decided to decrease the rates by one shilling at a special meeting called by Provost J Ogilvie Lennox to discuss the results of the recent revaluation appeal failure in Edinburgh.

Opening the meeting the Provost told council members that he hoped he had anticipated their wishes by calling the meeting and described the Appeal Court’s decision as a bombshell.

He added that the council should find some way of reducing the hardship not only on the 40 per cent of ratepayers who did appeal against the decision, but for the whole of Bearsden.

The town clerk Mr David Cuthbertson, then set out the legal framework for the decision which he said the council was entitled to do.

40 years ago

The proposed closure of Rannoch Drive to through traffic provoked fierce debate after Milngavie Town Council refused the closure request made by a number of residents.

There were lengthy discussions on the subject at the council’s monthly meeting. The council’s works committee agreed with a police report and the idea being rejected after a vote.

Residents had fought to have the road closed so that their children could have maximum security from injury and in order that they may be able to play freely in the street.

In a statement, police judge Andrew Bell said a three month survey had been carried out and the finding showed that most of the traffic using the road, even at peak times, was from those living locally.

30 years ago

An 8pm curfew on youngsters under 18 not participating in sports at Allander Sports Centre was imposed at a meeting of the District Council.

The decision was reached following a five-five split in the vote, before Provost Vera Marvin used her casting vote.

The decision was taken following continuing trouble in the centre’s bistro.

Manager of the bistro, Walter Brown, had approached the council to highlight the issues.

Councillors heard that someone had been employed to stand at the door, but this had only resulted in youngsters roaming all over the place.

However, there were some dissenting voices arguing that the centre should be open to all and police should deal with troublemakers.

20 years ago

A survey into ways of improving Milngavie town centre were to be discussed by councillors.

Two reports drawn up by surveyors CRGP recommended a number of action points that were to be discussed by the council.

Among these were: the possible appointment of a town centre manager; the installation of close circuit television to help prevent crime and deter vandalism; banning disabled drivers and cyclists from the precinct and marking the West Highland Way as an internationally recognised tourist attraction.

The region’s roads bosses were also to be asked for their help with the scheme, especially the problem of disabled parking in the precinct. The council said it would set aside dedicated parking areas for disabled use.