Hub plans to go ahead - despite opposition

Bearsden Burgh Hal
Bearsden Burgh Hal

The council will push ahead with plans to create a community hub in Bearsden Burgh Hall despite fierce opposition from local people.

User groups of the hall, including Bearsden Primary After-School Club, have hit out at the administration’s proposal to redevelop the hall into a hub which will make them homeless.

It was voted through with a small majority (14/10) at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Some councillors and Bearsden Traders Association have expressed their concern about the plans which would also see Brookwood Library become an enterprise centre, with library services moving to the Burgh Hall.

Kilmardinny House would be redeveloped as a conference/training and wedding venue and the Roman Road registry office may be sold off.

Options for the hall are to create a mezzanine floor in the main hall or build an extension to the front of the main building with a refurbishment and minor reconfiguration of the existing internal facilities.

SNP group leader Ian Mackay’s amendment to allow the decision for the hubs to be reconsidered and debated at the meeting failed to win in a vote.

He said: “I think it’s outrageous that the council is not prepared to even discuss this issue which has massive implications for the area.”

Independent councillor Duncan Cumming said: “The report says there was mixed feedback to the proposal - but I haven’t spoken to anyone who thinks this is a good idea.

“We should be asking the people first before making decisions like this.

“I voted for the broad principle of hubs in the area previously but nothing specific - it’s tragic that we cannot even debate this decision tonight.”

Councillor Keith Small added: “Many people said they’re unsure whether a hub will bring any benefits to Beardsen.

“An alternative more cost effective option which would avoid any adverse impact has been suggested to me. I hope there will be an opportunity for this to be considered.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We need to make savings of £6.885 million for 2014/15.

“Hubs are designed to save us money - let’s not walk away from that.”