Council promises to listen to what local people want

Information from a consultation with a wide variety of people in Bearsden will be used to develop the new community hub.

Results of the survey, which was carried out last November by Lowland Market Research for East Dunbartonshire Council, were presented to councillors at a policy and resources meeting in December.

The consultation’s aim was to inform local people about the range of services which could be delivered locally in a new hub in Bearsden Burgh Hall and to identify what local users would need at the Burgh Hall, Kilmardinny House and Brookwood Library.

Four discussion groups took place with user groups from the Burgh Hall, Kilmardinny House and Brookwood Library.

Representatives from local community councils, residents associations, business groups, pupils from Bearsden and Boclair academies and members of the public also took part.

Many people made it clear that the Burgh Hall currently plays an important role in hosting a wide range of community activities, including Bearsden Primary After-School Club, and is an all-round important community facility.

The discussion groups also said they’d like to be able to carry out transactions in the new hub for housing and council tax payments as well as having a booking facility.

Access to planning and welfare advice was also important as well as support for carers to reflect the increasing older population and volume of unpaid carers in the area.

Young people said they would only use the hub if it provided services tailored to their needs including employment advice and training opportunities or health related issues.