New Allander support

THE Liberal Democrat group has welcomed the news that a new Allander Leisure centre is going to be built in Bearsden.

SNP group leader Ian Mackay put forward the option of building a new leisure facility on the existing centre’s car park to current standards at a recent policy and resources meeting.

It will cost £18million and he wants to ensure that the current centre will stay open during the redevelopment project and the developers Cala/Stewart Milne enter a legally binding agreement for their £10m contribution, with no reduced conditions. They will also be asked to make suitable land available for temporary parking facilities at the sports centre.

A Champions Group will also be set up to progress the design of the new Allander.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, spokesperson for the LibDem group, said: “We support the option of a new Allander Leisure centre being built to current standards.

“Any of the other options would have been a real missed opportunity - refurbishing a 34-year-old building would have short changed the communities of Bearsden and Milngavie.

“A modern leisure centre, funded jointly by the council and the developers, with the existing building remaining open until the new build is operational, is a win-win situation for all. It will be a marvellous new facility for the Bearsden and Milngavie communities.

“We welcome the formation of a Champions Group to work alongside the council to deliver this keenly anticipated project.

“Building a state of the art leisure centre is the ambitious and right thing to do for the future.”