Local Newspaper Week - Making a Difference

To mark Local Newspaper Week, which has the theme of ‘Making a Difference’ this year, the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald shines the spotlight on a major local campaign which has featured heavily in the paper over recent months.

The Milngavie My Way Business Improvement District (BID) won a ballot in March when 81 per cent of traders voted for it.

A BID company is currently being set up which will run for five years - with the aim of making Milngavie a destination of choice for people to visit for shopping or just to relax.

The ambitious project will plough £500,000 into various projects in Milngavie town centre such as planting flowers, creating green areas, putting in better signage and holding events to attract visitors to the area.

Local Newspaper Week, from May 12 to 18, aims to showcase the ability of local media to make a difference to the lives of ordinary individuals in a way that no other media can.

Whether it’s raising funds for a life-saving operation, keeping a day centre open, campaigning for justice or cleaning up a local park, local newspapers - in print, online, on mobile and social media - can bring about real positive change in their communities.

The BID organisers are certainly very grateful to The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald for all the coverage we have provided for their campaign.

And it won’t end there as the paper intends to follow the progress of the BID over the next five years and report all the exciting changes that will undoubtedly be taking place in Milngavie town centre.

Ian Lavrie, chairperson of Milngavie My Way Business Improvement District (BID), said: “We’ve had a fantastic amount of support from the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald.”

He added: “Without the support that was shown by the paper towards us we would have had a considerably more difficult time in getting our message across.”