Anger at plans for fast food outlet

A PLAN to turn a disused building into a fast food outlet has angered residents in Bearsden, after it was given the go-ahead by councillors at a recent planning board meeting.

More than 44 letters of objection - including one petition with 23 names on it - were submitted to the council.

The application by Vicente Bimendi, of Garscube Road, is to convert a former painter and decorator’s workshop into a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week outlet at 4-6 Station Road.

However, when councillors met to consider the planning application it was granted by 16 votes to five.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie put forward the motion which was seconded by councillor Gordan Low.

An amendment to refuse on grounds of traffic and parking congestion by Bearsden South councillor Vaughan Moody, seconded by fellow ward councillor Ashay Ghai, was thrown out.

Resident Tim Hind, of Station Road, said: “My objection is that we already have a Co-op store and a Chinese takeaway. We are well-served for food outlets in the area.”

He added; “If you travel down Station Road you will find takeaway wrappers and cans thrown away.

“And if you go to Colquhoun Park you will see litter there.

“If we have another takeaway it will cause more litter.”