Council defends its plans for Bearsden Hub and sale of Brookwood library

Over 50 people went to a recent community information session to see designs for the new Bearsden Hub.

The hub will be situated in Bearsden Burgh Hall on Drymen Road, which will be upgraded.

The £3million-plus development will include the library from Brookwood, full hall facilities, a new meeting room and social work facilities. A customer services area will deliver a new, flexible one- stop-shop customer service for information about services and to make payments.

Director of development and regeneration, Thomas Glen said: “Council officers worked with hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner, to consider options for the new facility.

“The option was influenced by community engagement sessions during the past year. These included current user groups of the Burgh Hall, Kilmardinny House and Brookwood Library, Community Councils, Tenants and Residents Associations and members of the public.

“A Champions Group, made up of key stakeholders, hall users and community representatives, met earlier this month to provide views on the recommended option. A further meeting of the champions will be held in January 2015. Further public consultation will also take place in February, with on-going updates being made available on the council website.

“Feedback will be used to develop the proposals from concept to detailed design.

“The council will continue to support enterprise in Bearsden and how it deploys the Section 75 contribution received from the development on Stockiemuir Road.

“The disposal of Brookwood is part of balancing the overall 10 year council capital programme which will see £250m investment in front-line services and new facilities across the area in addition to the investment already made in the Bearsden Academy facility.

“Disposal values reflect land prices and market values, with Bearsden attracting some of the highest across the authority. Of the £26 million mentioned over 90 per cent related to the former Bearsden Academy site with funds reinvested in the provision of education facilities in the community and other investments.”