MILNGAVIE could be given a new lease of life if business owners vote for a project which would deliver nearly half a million pounds over the next five years.

This would be made possible through a partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council and the Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID) - with a business plan that could see over £450,000 of investment in the town centre.

The BID will be developed by local businesses and council officers to encourage people to visit Milngavie for shopping, leisure and business.

A minimum of five key events will take place each year including Scribbles, which will transform the precinct through stories in the windows of local businesses, a Christmas Fair, a Busking Festival, West Highland Way Week and an enhanced Milngavie Book and Arts Festival.

A year-long marketing campaign, an interactive website, a business newsletter and improved town centre signage will help to promote this.

Organisers hope a business forum will generate a sustainable mix of retail in the town centre, a town centre BID office, improved public toilet facilities, a revamp of green space and a shop-front improvement scheme.

Councillor Billy Hendry, depute leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “This is a fantastic step forward for the business community of Milngavie - well done to the traders for putting themselves forward to develop the BID, which is a first for East Dunbartonshire.

“It’s a great example of effective partnership working and the council would like to support other areas to develop a BID for their town centres. This innovative scheme will bring real benefits through regeneration and we look forward to rolling it out across the area.”

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