Exciting plans for next stage of Bearsden hub development

Work is now underway to develop plans to create a new community hub facility in Bearsden’s Burgh Hall on Drymen Road.

The council was pleased with the turnout at a recent information session, when over 50 people went along to see emerging designs for the development.

The session was supported by council officers and a representative from architects Bell Anderson.

Members of the community were able to review the options that had been considered and find out more about which one had been recommended, then ask questions and give their feedback on the plans to influence the early development and design of the new facility.

The £3 million plus development will upgrade the current accommodation at Bearsden Burgh Hall to include the re-provisioning of the library from Brookwood, as well as retaining full hall facilities, a new meeting room and social work facilities.

A customer services area will deliver a new, flexible one-stop-shop approach to customer services to make it easier for residents to access and get information about a variety of different services and make payments for them in just one visit.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “It was encouraging to see so many people coming along to the session to find out what is planned for Bearsden and to hear what they have to say.

“We will take on board the feedback we receive from the local community to help develop the proposals from concept stage to detailed design.

“We will return to Bearsden in February to address some of the questions and issues raised by community members and to keep people up-dated as to how the proposals are progressing.”

A Champions Group, made up of key stakeholders, hall users and community representatives, met to discuss the plans in early December. A follow-up meeting will be held in January 2015. Further public consultation will take place in February, with on-going updates being made available on the Council website.

The network of hubs, including Lennoxtown, is a key aspect of the Council’s programme to deliver customer services locally throughout East Dunbartonshire.