Waitrose pledge cash towards Milngavie town centre and roads

Waitrose will pay £300,000 towards road and town centre upgrades in Milngavie as it seeks to finalise details of its move to the town.

The company, which plans to open a new store on land owned by West of Scotland rugby club at the Burnbrae Roundabout, made the offer following discussions with East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC).

It has been designated for improvements to the A81 Milngavie Road corridor and the town centre - but it will be up to the council exactly how it is spent.

A special EDC meeting next Tuesday (June 25) could clear the final hurdles in the way of Waitrose’s move to Milngavie, which was agreed in April.

Once detailed planning consents are dealt with, work can begin on building the store, which is due to open in early 2015, creating 180 jobs and a new all-weather pitch for West.

David Donkin from Town Centre Securities (TCS), which will carry out the development, said: “We hope councillors will be able to agree the final details of the planning conditions, so that we can get on and build the new store and pitch as soon as possible.

“As the councillors will be aware, TCS as developer, and the council as planning authority, have to operate within the planning rules set out by the Scottish Government, which provide clear guidance on financial contributions.

“We believe that the package of £300,000 towards town centre and road improvements is a comprehensive one.

“The council will determine how best to spend it, for example some of it could be put towards the Experience Milngavie BID to improve the town centre.

“Furthermore, we have already committed ourselves to spending around £250,000 on improvements to the Burnbrae Roundabout and its immediate area as set out in the planning conditions, in addition to all the other community benefits that the scheme will provide to West of Scotland FC.”

Thomas Glen, EDC’s Director of Development & Regeneration, said: “We have been in discussions with Waitrose’s representatives since planning permission was granted in April to draw up conditions and a legal agreement outlining the detail of the developer contribution associated with the new store development.

“The details of these will be presented to a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 25 for consideration.”