Major meeting looks at Milngavie’s future

milngavie Precinct'Photo by Emma Mitchell'7/6/13
milngavie Precinct'Photo by Emma Mitchell'7/6/13

A jam-packed public meeting on Monday saw the first steps taken on a journey which has the potential to transform Milngavie.

Around 100 people crammed into the Fraser Centre to have their say in a process which could lay the foundations for the town’s future.

Milngavie Community Council put out a call for locals to bring their ideas and enthusiasm for how they would like to see their community develop.

And they came in their droves, making it standing room only in the hall.

The meeting was organised by community council member Callum Christie, who runs local business Frontier Holidays.

He said he had been indpired by steps taken by other communities in Scotland where people had got together and identified what needed to be done and looked at concrete ways of achieveing their goals.

He said: “The community council has had to give its opinion on a lot of developments and changes in Milngavie in the past seven months. It’s been difficult and we’ve been split at times.

“It would be better if we had a plan we could follow and we thought that the best way to get that plan would be to go back to the community.We want this to be a new start.”

Attendees were asked by ‘outside facillitator’ Richard Heggie of Urban Animation what they liked best about Milngavie, what they disliked and how things could be improved.

A wide ranging discussion followed. People identified the town’s natural setting, including features such as the start of the West Highland Way, the reservoirs and Mugdock Park as being amongst its greatest assets, along with its community spirit and history.

Attendees criticised the lack of parking, a lack of allotment space and the “poor range of shops” in the precinct .

The meeting heard that the town centre “looked tired” and that it was “dead at night” and that it lacked cover for outdoors events.

The meeting was designed to be a fact-finding exercise before moving forward to the next stage.

Meetings will now be held with the council, which will raise concerns and comments, and further public meetings will be held which will chart the way forward.

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