Brookwood Library under threat - councillors vote tonight on proposed sale

Brookwood Library, Bearsden.
Brookwood Library, Bearsden.

The future of Brookwood Villa and library site in Bearsden is under threat as councillors are set to vote for the sale of the property tonight at a full council meeting.

The council’s ruling administration has scrapped previous plans to create a business centre at Brookwood Library to enable them to direct funds to the Bearsden Hub project for Bearsden Burgh Hall - which would include the library and social services.

The project for a ‘one stop shop’ to access essential council services under one roof is planned for implementation before the end of the 2017 financial year.

The Registry Office on Roman Road would be sold as part of these plans.

Many local people, traders and the council’s SNP group have voiced their opposition to these proposals from the start as they do not want to see the loss of current facilities in Bearsden Burgh Hall such as Bearsden Primary After School Club and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, which has been holding dances in the hall for many years.

Bearsden Cross businesses are furious, saying that an expanded hall will impact on parking space, hitting trade.

A Champions Group was set up in an attempt to make sure the views of the people of Bearsden were considered, respected and acted upon.

Alan Oliver from Bearsden, a member of the Champions Group, said: “There’s been a surge of bad feeling from numerous areas of the community about these plans.

“I’ve written to all the Bearsden councillors outlining my concerns.”

Dawn Rutherford posted this message on our facebook page: “Help save Bearsden and Milngavie’s public buildings and infrastructure. Please contact your local councillor and stop Bearsden and Milngavie becoming satellite ghost towns. Let’s try and get our Burghs back.”