New Community Hub for Milngavie - but where?

Milngavie is set to get a brand new community hub but East Dunbartonshire Council is still searching for a suitable site.

Over four million pounds has been set aside from the council’s ten year capital budget for the hub for 2018/19 and 2019/20, however where the new building will be located is still under discussion.

Work on the detailed specification of the facility which will cater for the community has also not begun yet.

The council’s capital investment plan has set aside £4,050,000 for the provision of Milngavie Community Hub.

Thomas Glen, Director of Development and Regeneration, said: “The development of a community hub in Milngavie is aimed at improving local accessibility to a range of council and other public services and providing an enhanced community resource for the people of Milngavie.

“Council officers will undertake widespread engagement with key stakeholders including the local community, community groups and Milngavie Community Council well in advance of the programmed dates for this development.”

Some possible venues include Milngavie Town Hall, the Community Education (CE) Centre or The Fraser Centre.

Douglas Cameron, a committee member of Milngavie Civic Trust, said: “We are setting up a steering group to represent the diverse number of groups who currently use the town hall and CE centre.

“We have been contacting as many of them as we can to find out what facilities they currently use.

“It’s important to ensure that we don’t lose any valuable facilities in Milngavie - the town hall in particular is a vital asset for large events.

“The council has a variety of different rooms, some with access to water or specialist equipment.

“We want to liaise with the council to come up with a brief for the new hub so that we have a say about where it is located and what it will offer.”