Adopt a roundabout council cash raiser

COUNCIL chiefs are putting Bearsden and Milngavie’s roundabouts up for rent to raise cash.

They’re offering local businesses the chance to ‘adopt’ them – and stick adverts on them.

In return, firms will have to pay to maintain the roundabouts for five years.

East Dunbartonshire councillors hope the scheme will bring in extra cash and will encourage ‘civic pride’.

Infrastructure committee convener Billy Hendry said: “As part of the council’s ‘civic pride’ initiative, local businesses will be given opportunity to install an agreed promotional feature or sign on roundabouts and gateway features in return for these businesses funding the roundabouts upgrade and maintenance for an agreed period of time.

“The scheme aims to increase local identity and pride of place by enhancing the appearance of key gateway features, including roundabouts, in conjunction with local businesses.

“A number of suitable roundabouts have already been identified, although the council is happy to discuss other locations. All proposals approved must be able to demonstrate they will enhance the local community and environment.”

A total of 15 roundabouts, at sites including Bearsden and Milngavie, are up for rent and bids will close this month.