Milngavie toilets site sold for development

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It looks as if the long running saga over Milngavie toilets is almost over – with the council announcing last week that they have finally been sold.

However, the authority remained tight-lipped over the exact proposal for the site, because of what they called ‘procurement rules’.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, would only confirm: “At its meeting on June 25 the council decided to accept one of the offers it had received for the sale of the public toilets on Mugdock Road, Milngavie, following the recent marketing exercise undertaken.”

The sale of the building was held in private because of the commercially sensitive nature of the sale and no council official or councillor was prepared to discuss the details of the sale.

Sources close to the Herald have confirmed however that the land is designated for retail development in the local plan so it would be highly unlikely that flats or other such developments would be allowed on the site.

A spokesperson for the council said the authority would not issue any further statement as there needed to be a 21 day ‘standstill’ period. This is to allow all interested parties time to challenge the decision.

Chairman of Milngavie Town Centre Steering Group, Jim Gibbons, said: “It has been apparent for some time that the various community groups want the toilets to stay in the council’s ownership.”