No decision yet on library hub plans

Council chiefs were remaining tight-lipped this week over proposals to create community hubs in Milngavie and Bearsden.

East Dunbartonshire Council has unveiled plans to build the ‘one-stop-shops’ across the district over the next few years, providing local access to council services.

Work began earlier this month on a community hub at Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library.

However, the move has sparked outrage, with library users claiming they had not been consulted and fears the community hub will reduce library space.

More than 1,400 people signed a petition.

Concerns had been raised that the new hubs would be created in Milngavie Library and Brookwood Library in Bearsden.

However, council leader Rhondda Geekie and Milngavie councillor Jim Gibbons say NO decision on the location of the hubs has been made.

Councillor Gibbons said: “The council has voted for the hub initiatives generally, but no final decision has been made on where they will be located.

“I feel the consultation process for the Kirkintilloch library was handled badly and I am going to make sure the same does not happen in Milngavie and Bearsden.”

Residents in Kirkintilloch launched a campaign against the £500,000 transformation of the William Patrick Library last month.

The ground floor of the library closed for 12 weeks on Sunday, June 3, to allow work to be completed on the hub. It will reopen on Monday, August 27.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The council was asked at the Community Councils Liaison Committee if we could do something temporarily until the hubs are in place.

“We are going to try a self-service kiosk in one of our libraries. Apart from that no decision has been made about where the hubs will go and what services they will deliver.

“We will be consulting in early autumn about the use of all our buildings and also asking partners if they want to be involved.

“This will be the third year of an ongoing, intense consultation with the public.”