MSP and MP reveal blueprint for town centre
Recommendations on improving public transport links and retail are front and centre of a new report on the regeneration of Bishopbriggs from local politicians Rona Mackay MSP and Amy Callaghan MP. The report: ‘Putting People First: A New Future for Bishopbriggs Town Centre’ follows an extensive consultation with residents, business owners and stakeholders from the politicians. Key recommendations include revitalising the high street with refurbishment to vacant retail spaces whilst prioritising and encouraging people into the town centre through a review of parking and accessibility arrangements. The report goes further to highlight the urgent action needed to tackle the climate emergency and urges investment into public transport infrastructure around Bishopbriggs, including additional electric charge points and active travel initiatives.
Rona Mackay has urged all stakeholders to “listen to the voices of constituents”. She said: “Both Amy and I are determined to act on the wishes of the people of Bishopbriggs and I would urge all stakeholders – East Dunbartonshire Council, the Scottish Government and the UK Government – to listen to the voices of our constituents. “Our report sets our clearly the need for change in our town centre. Bishopbriggs has a long and proud heritage and we must all work collectively to achieve its enormous potential for the future. “East Dunbartonshire Council are currently formulating their town centre redevelopment plans as part of the City Deal project, partially funded by the Scottish Government. We would urge them to listen carefully to the collective voice of our community within our report and act upon the key recommendations.
Commenting, East Dunbartonshire MP Amy Callaghan added:
“This report outlines a bold new future for Bishopbriggs town centre. It builds on local people’s renewed appreciation for our town centre and its potential, and it captures their ideas to set out a clear vision for a better connected, more attractive and prosperous town centre.
“Rona and I have been clear from the outset that this report belongs to the people of Bishopbriggs. It is their vision, it sets out their priorities, and it can be used as a foundation to build a community-led regeneration of our town centre.
“It is our job to now work collaboratively to make that happen. That means working with the Council, Scottish Government, UK government, and of course with local people and community organisations. It won’t be easy, but if we work together and trust in the vision set out by local people, then we can create a town centre that truly puts people first.”
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Photo (L-R): Amy Callaghan and Rona Mackay.