Up for sale? Land in Milngavie and Bearsden to raise funds for council?

boclair house
boclair house

LAND throughout Milngavie and Bearsden may be sold off in an attempt to raise much-needed funds for cash-strapped East Dunbartonshire Council.

Councillors agreed to this at last Thursday’s full council meeting as part of the strategic asset review five year investment plan.

As previously reported in Milngavie and Bearsden Herald Boclair House in Bearsden could be sold as well as its garages and residential properties at 102 and 104 Milngavie Road.

Councillor Vaughan Moody said: “Boclair House is a listed building and we need to preserve the garden grounds as they add to the amenity of Bearsden and any harm to this would affect the civic pride in the area.”

Councillor Duncan Cumming added: “It’s good practise to look at our assets to see if we can dispose of some but only at the right price so that we can put that money back into the pot to enchance frontline services.”

The council’s headquarters in Kirkintilloch, Tom Johnston House on Civic Way, could be sold if staff are relocated to a new depot at Westerhill and other accomodation in the town, possibly at the Marina.

A small piece of land at Gavins Mill in Milngavie next to Tesco which is currently rented to the owners of the chinese restaurant in the former mill building could either be sold to them at market value or put on the open market.

The former parks depot at 6 Crossveggate in Milngavie according to the council ‘would be an ideal development opportunity for either business use or a residential development.’

Stewart Street’s last remaining office block of four will either be sold to the current tenants or sold on the open market.

Grange 1 on Grange Avenue in Milngavie could be sold for residential use, Brookwood Villa in Drymen Road which has been part of Brookwood Library could be sold after it is separated from the library.

Milngavie Library and CE centre in Allander Road would be disposed of to allow the facilities to be included in a new building in Milngavie.