FIGHT IS ON TO PROTECT TOWN CENTRE

Residents are hoping that plans to safeguard the future of their town will be given the go-ahead later this month.

Over 2,100 residents have signed Milngavie Community Council’s petition calling for East Dunbartonshire Council to create a masterplan for Milngavie town centre and the surrounding area.

The petition was launched after concerns were raised about the impact proposed developments, including new supermarkets by Tesco and Waitrose, could have on local traders and the town centre.

Community council convener Fiona Risk said: “We’ve received remarkable support for the masterplan and it’s very much backed by traders, local people and organisations.

“A lot of people come to Milngavie as a tourist destination to shop and we want it to be preserved.

“There are currently two major planning applications in the offing, Tesco and Waitrose. Although we are not opposed to these applications as they stand, we are concerned about the impact they could have on Milngavie.

“We want the council to look carefully at Milngavie, its future and the threats that exist to it.

She added: “Milngavie is doing well at the moment, but we can’t be complacent.

“Small towns are under threat because of the recession and we have got to do all we can to make sure Milngavie survives.”

The community council hopes the petition, which has been backed by groups including Milngavie Civic Trust and We Like Milngavie, will go before the council this month.

East Dunbartonshire Council chief executive Gerry Cornes said: “We acknowledge receipt of the petition from Milngavie Community Council, which will be considered at a future committee.”