Make sure your voice is heard

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Milngavie Community Council (MCC) has a vital role to play - but they need more people to get involved to ensure they act in line with local opinion.

In the past year MCC has discussed and put forward their considered views on many local issues including the council’s controversial plans to close and merge primary schools, the Waitrose planning application, the proposed housing development at Kilmardinny, the future of the public toilet in the precinct and the Business Improvement District proposal.

At the last meeting issues discussed included housing needs in Milngavie, the Allander rail halt, the future of the Allander Leisure centre , the proposal for housing in the field next to the fire station.

There are 17 volunteer members of MCC, all Milngavie residents, either elected or co-opted. Milngavie councillors are invited to meetings and a police report is always on the agenda.

Communities officer for MCC, Wilson Blakey, said: “We were set up by the Local Government Act to ‘ascertain, co-ordinate and express the views of the community of Milngavie to the local authority and other public authorities’. We can take action which we believe is appropriate and practicable in the interests of the community.

“We also have a statutory right to be consulted on planning matters.

“In other words, we act as a voice for the local area.

“Please contact us if you have any concerns and keep up to date with what we are doing by visiting our website or email us at”

Minutes of meetings are displayed on notice boards in the precinct and library.

Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in Fraser Centre.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 2.

The public are welcome to go along.