East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson recently held a meeting with senior figures at Morrisons to discuss the supermarket’s plans to build a new store and a petrol station on the site of the old Bishopbriggs High School.
The long-running proposal shows no signs of reaching a conclusion, as Morrisons told Jo that the development in Bishopbriggs is “still under review” with no decision imminent.
A number of local residents have written to Jo expressing their concerns about the poor state of the unused site, and Jo was able to raise this in the meeting. Morrisons confirmed that in January contractors will begin work on clearing this up, including dealing with the overgrown vegetation on footpaths.
“It’s very frustrating that in the last year there has been no progress on the plans for Bishopbriggs town centre, when such a prime site is lying empty and unkempt. I know local people and business owners in Bishopbriggs want to know what will happen, which is why I pushed Morrisons for more detail on their intentions.
“However, I do welcome the fact that there will be some much needed action to tidy up the messy site, and I am pleased that Morrisons told me they will be paying close attention to the state of the site in future to pre-empt any future complaints.”
“So at the moment plans seem to be firmly stalled, but I will continue to keep people updated on any future developments.”