Waitrose and West launch consultation on Milngavie plans

WAITROSE and West of Scotland Football Club (WSFC) have launched a wide-ranging community consultation programme for their proposed new food store and all-weather pitch at Burnbrae, Milngavie.

Around 18,000 information brochures with freepost return feedback forms have been delivered to households across Milngavie, Bearsden, Strathblane and surrounding villages, giving people the opportunity to comment on the proposed development.

Residents will also be able to talk to members of the project team and find out more at two public exhibitions next week.

Waitrose and WSFC are working closely on the proposal with developers Town Centre Securities (TCS) and the team is keen to hear the opinions of local people.

If a future planning application is successful, the proposal would see a new Waitrose store built during 2013 on the club’s existing second, roadside pitch alongside Glasgow Road - and accessed from the existing Burnbrae roundabout.

The deal will provide WSFC with funding to help secure its future, as well as providing first-class training facilities for players, with a new all-weather pitch to be constructed on the scrub land behind the current score board.

The planned new Waitrose store, which would open in 2014, would feature a sales area of 25,000 sq feet and around 225 car parking spaces. It is also expected to create around 180 jobs.

Martin Gorman of Waitrose said: “We would like to hear the views of as many residents as possible. The community can let us know what they think by coming along to one of the public exhibitions, returning a completed feedback form by post, or by visiting the project website.”

John Cameron, President of WSFC, said: “If this proposal goes ahead, the club will have a secure future on the site at Burnbrae. We very much look forward to meeting local people, showing them our plans and explaining why they are so crucial to the future of our club.”

The public exhibitions will be held on Tuesday, April 24, at West of Scotland Football Club, Glasgow Road, from 5.30pm till 8pm and on Wednesday, April 25, in Milngavie Town Hall, Station Road, from 10am till 4.30pm.

Those who can’t make it along can view plans and information on the project website www.waitrosemilngavie.com and fill in a feedback form online.