Steps taken to close Bearsden footpath

A PROPOSAL to close a footpath in Bearsden has been agreed by councillors - but a final decision rests with Scottish ministers who are to hold an inquiry.

Councillor Billy Hendry moved that the Courthill footpath, which links Stockiemuir Road and Drymen Road, should be closed at a recent development and infrastructure committee meeting, despite recommendations it should stay open.

The deputy council leader was seconded by Councillor Duncan Cummings with support from fellow Bearsden North representative, Councillor Ian MacKay.

A two-year battle over the future of the path has pitted people against each other. Objectors to its closure say the path is well used by people taking their children to school and cite the safety issues of using the very busy and narrow Drymen Road as an alternative.

But those in favour of closing the path reckon it would tackle anti-social problems in the area. Among these are graffiti to properties adjacent to the path and youths gathering with the subsequent social problems of drug taking, drink, litter and intimidating behaviour.