Fears parking spaces will be lost in Bearsden

Parking at the library
Parking at the library

A resident is concerned that many well-used parking

spaces will be lost when Brookwood Library on

Drymen Road closes.

Hamish Guthrie, whose disabled son sometimes needs to use a wheelchair to get around, says that the spaces are often used by people with mobility issues and others.

There are 30 altogether, including four disabled bays.

He said: “Many people who cannot walk very far currently use these spaces to access not just the library, but also the Terrace Medical Practice and other health providers on that part of Drymen Road.

“What will happen to these spaces when the council sells Brookwood Library?

“It seems that there’s no strategic plan for Bearsden and that planning decisions are being made on a disjointed and unplanned manner with the sole purpose being to generate capital receipts for EDC.

“What will be sold next? The memorial garden at Manse Road?”

Councillors voted for the closure and sale of Brookwood Villa and library site in Bearsden last November.

They scrapped previous plans to create a business centre at Brookwood Library to enable them to direct funds from the sale of Brookwood to the Bearsden Hub project for Bearsden Burgh Hall - which will include the library, a public hall and social services.

Parking charges are due to be introduced across East Dunbartonshire early next year.

Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “The council’s parking strategy will improve availability within Bearsden town centre by encouraging turnover - benefiting local residents and businesses.

“In addition there has been an increase in the number of spaces in the Roman Road car park following recent works.

“Greater turnover of traffic will be supported with the introduction of parking charges, which will also help to fund enforcement as regards inconsiderate and dangerous parking.

“The traffic regulation order is currently being advertised and it is envisaged charging will commence in early 2016.

“Following a previous council decision, Brookwood Library has been deemed surplus to operational requirements and is due to close when the new hub opens in early 2017.”

The council official added: “The future sale of this or any council asset is a matter for elected members following the marketing of the site.”