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ROSS Greer’s letter (Milngavie & Bearsden Herald, March 12) makes two points which we felt it were important to clarify.

Waitrose is a food shop with a very small percentage of non-food.

People will therefore still need to go into Milngavie town centre to buy books, kitchenware and pet supplies, clothes and carpets, to drop off dry cleaning and photo processing, get their hair done, visit banks and so on.

As a business we have a strong track record of working closely with independent businesses in town centres to encourage our customers to shop with them. Indeed, we often publish town centre guides to promote shops, restaurants and other services, because a thriving town centre is in all our interests.

Mr Greer calls into question our sourcing policies as regards produce coming from Israel. At Waitrose, produce labelled as coming from Israel comes from internationally recognised (pre-1967) borders. We don’t stock any products from disputed territories.

We look forward to meeting with local people at our public exhibitions later in April to explain our proposals and the benefits that we believe we can bring to Milngavie.

James Armstrong

Property & Development Communications Manager

Waitrose

REGARDING your articles on the possible building of a new Waitrose supermarket in Milngavie I would like make a few observations.

As has already been said, the siting of this shop will undoubtedly take trade away from Milngavie town centre.

The store is to be sited directly across the road from Queens Court estate, this estate is populated primarily by retired people who will have to suffer the noise and dust during the construction of both the store and the car park, will the residents get any compensation for this inconvenience?

The road that will take the bulk of the traffic to the store (A81, Glasgow Road) already carries a lot of vehicles, including many heavy trucks and articulated lorries not really suited for this road, there have been numerous lorries colliding with and getting stuck underneath the railway bridge, and more traffic will mean more congestion, not just at peak times.

All of the above could mean that property values in Queens Court could suffer - this could mean another claim for compensation. Having looked at the plans as shown in the M&B Herald, they do not look too accurate to me, the stand looks to be in the wrong place and the main pitch looks a bit wonky and almost butts into the car park.

I can foresee a few irate motorists when the ball goes out of play and hits their cars.

I’m sure I could find a few more problem areas if I really looked hard, I am sure that if I don’t, someone else will.

John Lindsay

Via e-mail

ALTHOUGH I am not a Milngavie resident I shop every week in Milngavie.

I would be delighted to see Waitrose although I understand small shop owners might not relish their presence.

However, quite a few have survived Tesco and M&S and I think shoppers should be given a choice.

Mary C. Baird

Vie e-mail

A FRIEND in Bearsden North has sent me a copy of the Liberal Democrats’ Focus newsletter in which they purport to be leading the campaign to keep Kilmardinny House open.

I can assure your readers that, in fact, the councillor responsible for keeping Kilmardinny open and for having much-needed money spent on it was, in fact, Duncan Cumming.

The reason I can say that with certainty is that both Duncan and I had an exchange of words about a year ago which was well covered by the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald.

Basically, I was asking for Kilmardinny House to be closed and sold, given that it was costing a significant amount of money to keep it open.

However, thanks to the pressure brought on the Council leadership by Councillor Duncan Cumming, who very vigorously opposed my suggestion, Kilmardinny remains in public ownership.

Clearly, on this issue, Duncan was right and I was wrong. I think the people of Bearsden are lucky to have such a committed councillor as Duncan and indeed, he was the one who was not only unafraid to oppose my suggestion, but in fact, he demolished it.

The fact that Kilmardinny House is very much still in public ownership - to the benefit of the people of Bearsden and Milngavie - is due entirely to the eloquence of Duncan Cumming at that particular council meeting and the strenuous fight he put up behind the scenes to ensure that my suggestion certainly did not see the light of day.

Councillor Charles Kennedy JP

East Dunbartonshire Council

I REFER to your recent article regarding the Banks proposal for a wind farm near Drymen.

Bribing a community to accept a wind farm development is a pernicious and unacceptable practice.

The developer also deploys weasel words to suggest they are responding to local concerns and reducing the proposed number of turbines.

The reality is that the turbines, though less in number, will have even greater visual impact. This is a cynical subterfuge to disguise the fact that the economics favour the larger turbine and not local concerns.

The wind turbines would have a massive visual impact across a huge area and to suggest locating them on the perimeter of the National Park is unacceptable.

Scotland’s landscape is a priceless asset with worldwide acknowledgement. The position just south of one of Scotland’s most significant geological and landscape features, The Highland Boundary Fault, and in a dominant position over the Endrick Valley would, if implemented, constitute an act of vandalism.

The enduring economic value of this landscape is beyond price. The losses sustained over time, in terms of tourism, recreational welfare and the wider community, should far out way any selfish motives.

To add to the insult, the claims that are made for this type of installation are completely untenable.

Wind generation, and it has been repeated many times, cannot reduce CO2 emissions. Wind generation on land is at least twice as expensive as coal, nuclear and gas, taking all costs into account including decommissioning.

There is only one reason that Banks wish to pursue this project; to profit from the subsidies that the electricity consumer must pay for.

Norman McNab

Branziert Road North

Killearn

WITH reference to the article Wind Plans Are Wound Down (March 29) Colin Anderson, Director of Banks Renewables, states: “when the people living near the site told us there were too many turbines we not only listened, we acted decisively.”

Most of the people living near the site have made it quite clear to Banks that one turbine in such a scenic location is one too many! The number of turbines was reduced due to constraints being put upon the company and, by stating otherwise, Banks not only insults, but shows scant regard for, the intelligence of local communities.

Banks refers to “a low impact development”. Ten 115m (377ft) turbines on a prominent site adjacent to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, and which would have a huge visual impact from all major viewpoints in the area can hardly be so described.

Following publication of the article, Endrick Valley Action Group (EVAG) has received numerous enquiries from residents of Milngavie, Bearsden and beyond, stating that they are horrified by news of a proposal which would impact so heavily on arguably the most well known area of Scotland, and asking how they may object. There is no application yet and so no formal objections can be made. EVAG can be contacted at support@evag.co.uk or 01360 441068.

Mary Young

EVAG

MILGAVIE in Bloom would like to say a big thank you to the Old People’s Welfare committee at the Fraser Centre and a lady, who did not leave her contact details, for the generous donations of £50 from each of them given when the volunteers were working in the Precinct.

Thanks also to all the others who hand a donation to us when they see the work being done.

It is very encouraging to all the volunteers to realise how much their work is appreciated by the residents and visitors.

Last week we were disappointed to see that two of the West Highland Way railing planters had been vandalised. Fortunately this does not happen often but is still upsetting not only to the committee but to all those who do appreciate the hard work which is being done.

Heather Lindsay

Chair

Milngavie in Bloom

I’M writing on behalf of my grandmother Betty Turnbull who was thrilled to be reading the Herald and see the picture of Milngavie school sports day in 1932 on your Memory Lane page in the March 29 edition.

In the picture is her brother in law Alex Turnbull who was the chap in white sports kit, in the same year he also won dux at Milngavie School and later played professional football for Manchester City!

Barry Wilson

Via e-mail