Allander Leisure Centre delayed

The project to build a new Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden has been delayed until the developers have built houses on the site.

Councillors voted unanimously in January 2012 for a new Allander Leisure Centre to be built on the centre’s exisiting car park in Bearsden.

The council will be investing £18 million, with cash from its 10-year capital programme, to create the new centre which will meet modern standards.

And it’s been agreed that the current leisure centre will remain open during the redevelopment project.

Developers Cala/Stewart Milne, who have consent to potentially build up to 550 new homes on the site between Bearsden and Milngavie, have made a legal agreement to make a multi-million pound contribution to the project.

However this has been delayed which means that the Allander Leisure Centre project is now due to start in mid-2020.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration, said: “The masterplan for the Kilmardinny Westpark site is based on contributions towards the re-provisioning of the Allander Leisure Centre from the various developers and landowners as well as funding from the council’s capital programme.

“There has been a delay as regards the development of the wider site and the Allander project is now due to start in mid-2020. This is outwith the control of the council.

“The authority remains committed to achieving a new Allander leisure centre and officers are working to achieve the best outcome for everyone concerned.”

A CALA Homes (West) spokesperson, said: “Following the council’s planning board meeting on Tuesday, February 3, the council has now approved CALA’s application and planning conditions attached to the Masterplan consent. This approval is subject to legal agreement which is expected to be completed in February, meaning work can start at the former Bearsden bus garage site in March.”