Residents vow to keep fighting to save historic church in Bearsden

North Church, Drymen Road'Red light and thumbs down expect residents, for the restaurant project intended for the former praying temple'5th May 2012 'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
North Church, Drymen Road'Red light and thumbs down expect residents, for the restaurant project intended for the former praying temple'5th May 2012 'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

The fight continues this year to save Bearsden North Church in Bearsden from becoming a restaurant and pub.

Commercial Investment Properties put in an application last May for a change of use of the old church which is category B listed, at the junction of Drymen Road and Thorn Road, to allow it to become a restaurant selling alcohol with an outdoor seating area.

Bearsden North Parish Church'Bearsden cross'Photo Emma Mitchell'11/12/12

Bearsden North Parish Church'Bearsden cross'Photo Emma Mitchell'11/12/12

A group of local people formed Bearsden Action Group to oppose the plans last year which they argued would ruin the quiet atmosphere of Bearsden Cross and councillors voted unanimously against the application last December.

Now the developer has appealed the decision and a Scottish Reporter is due to make a site visit on June 10 and they will make a final decision in July.

Ken Lemond, chairman of Bearsden Cross Action Group, said: “Objectors have been invited along to the site visit, so a few of us will be there to talk to the Reporter about our concerns. The issues haven’t changed and the level of opposition is still as high, we hope that the Reporter will take that on board when making his or her decision.”

Bearsden North Community Council is backing the action group, as well as Bearsden Primary School Parent Council who have concerns about the safety of school children due to increased traffic.