Vital talks on Allander future

THE controversial Kilmardinny Westpark plans were being discussed at a meeting between developers and the council this week - prior to the launch of a public consultation on the future of the Allander Leisure centre.

Cala Homes and Stewart Milne Group were due to lock horns with representatives from East Dunbartonshire Council on Thursday in a bid to chart a way forward.

Developers and the council are at loggerheads over plans to build more than 500 new houses on the ‘Kilmardinny strip’ between Bearsden and Milngavie.

Negotiations have reached an impasse over the future of the Allander Leisure sports complex.

The proposals would see the demolition of the existing centre - but there are wrangles over who will provide funding for a new one and concerns about guarantees over when it will be built and where it will be placed.

A Scottish Government reporter has told the developers and the council to get together and sort out the problem.

Steve Loomes, from Stewart Milne Group, said: “Representatives from both companies will this week meet with East Dunbartonshire Council to take forward discussions about the Kilmardinny Westpark development.”

Following the meeting, a public consultation will be launched on the future siting of Allander Leisure.

Put together by the developers, it will run from mid-November to early December and look at three possible site options.

Alastair White, from Cala Homes, said: “We know that the future location of the Allander Leisure centre is of great importance to Milngavie and Bearsden communities.

“The siting of the Allander will impact everyone in the community - not only those who have taken an active interest in the Kilmardinny Westpark development to date - so we are extremely keen to hear from as many residents as possible.

“Every option has advantages and disadvantages and, although final decisions about the Allander lie with East Dunbartonshire Council, we look forward to hearing residents’ views.”

Developers said that they intend to hold further public consultations which will cover detailed design issues, including residential layout.

The public events will take place at the West of Scotland Rugby Club, Glasgow Road, on Thursday, November 17, from 10am till 8pm and also at Kessington Public Hall, Milngavie Road on Friday, November 18, from 10am till 7.30pm and at the same venue on Saturday, November 19, from 10am till 1pm.