MSP hits out at council decision not to consult public over Hub location

Gil Paterson the SNP candidate for the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency as his victory is announced at the count in Clydebank during the Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Friday, May 6 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) � Chris Clark
Gil Paterson the SNP candidate for the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency as his victory is announced at the count in Clydebank during the Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Friday, May 6 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) � Chris Clark

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson has criticised the council for not consulting people over plans for a Hub in Bearsden.

At a recent full council meeting the Labour Tory Lib Dem administration decided to bring forward plans for a one stop shop for council services at Bearsden Burgh Hall.  

The plans have a knock-on effect on Brookwood Library, Kilmardinny House and Roman Road Registry that would involve significant work being done to the Burgh Hall.

Mr Paterson said: “True to past form, the Labour/Tory/Lib Dem administration are rushing this through without proper thought to the groups currently using these venues.

“I am not objecting to the hub in principle, but the administration refused to even countenance an amendment asking for consultation with the public first, followed by a decision on a suitable site afterwards.

“I doubt if they are even aware of the groups who use these facilities and have given no thought as to how these plans will affect them. The council administration practice of ‘decide first, consult later’ is a nonsense and it’s time they started listening to the community.” 

However the leader of council, Rhondda Geekie remained unapologetic about the decision to choose Bearsden Burgh Hall as the preferred option for the new community Hub.

She said: “The use of the hall as our new hub is the best option available. The council is limited as to the options available to it as we need to use a property that we already own. A proffesional team looked at all the options available to us and it was decided that Bearsden Burgh Hall was the most suitable building for this purpose. What would we gain by a months delaying?”

And she added: “We will be consulting with the public on what will be included in the new hub and speaking to the various user groups who will be using the Hub.”