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This section has the latest updates issued by the City Deal team.

Read here for the latest information on our City Deal project including details of our Public Engagement Events and your opportunity to provide feedback.

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New Civic Space for Bishopbriggs takes centre stage in exhibition

Exciting plans to create a new Civic Space in Bishopbriggs are taking centre stage thanks to an online exhibition.Artist's impression of new Civic Space in Bishopbriggs

The new focal point is part of the Bishopbriggs Town Centre Regeneration project – a key element of the Council's £34.88 million Place and Growth Programme, supported by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

You can find out more via an online exhibition (link opens in new window) – which will be available until 5pm on 30 June 2023.

In addition, there will be an in-person information event in BetterBriggs Community Garden – at the Triangle Shopping Centre, near St Matthew's Church, where the Civic Space will be created – on Saturday 17 June from 11am-3pm.

Members of the design team will be on hand to discuss plans and answer any questions.

Plans for the Civic Space include:

  • A flexible and adaptable space which can accommodate a wide range of uses – e.g. events, markets, fairs and pop-up business space
  • Increased greenery with areas of informal play
  • The development of an artwork feature, seating walls and resting areas
  • A performance area with seating and a canopy feature
  • New lighting, making the area feel safer and more welcoming at all times of the day
  • A revamped footpath adjacent to Kirkintilloch Road
  • A new pedestrian crossing for easy access to Morrisons new store.

It is all being created by the Council as part of the Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan, which builds on various consultation and engagement exercises, as well as the Bishopbriggs Town Centre Strategy.

Feedback from residents, groups and stakeholders has helped to shape a detailed design proposal for this first phase of works.

Have your say on important new road for East Dunbartonshire

Residents, businesses and groups are being invited to help guide the location of a new route which aims to boost business opportunities and cut congestion in Bishopbriggs town centre.

Consultation is being held on options for the new Westerhill Development Road (previously referred to as Phase 5 of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road).

It's part of the Council's £34.88 million Place and Growth Programme – supported by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

There are five options for a new stretch of road starting just north of the Westerhill railway bridge at Lochgrog Roundabout (Phase 4 of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road) and tying in with the A803 Kirkintilloch Road. An upgrade to Torrance Roundabout is also proposed as part of these options.

Find out more and have a say between 29 May and 22 June 2023 – visit the consultation webpage (link opens in new window).

A public drop-in event is being held on Monday 19 June, between 5 and 8pm, at Bishopbriggs War Memorial Hall, Balmuildy Road G64 3BS. Members of the project team will be there to explain the options and answer any questions.

The delivery of the Westerhill Development Road (WDR) aims to:

  • Unlock key strategic sites in the Westerhill regeneration area to ensure there is space for local companies to grow, to attract other high-quality businesses and reduce barriers to jobs locally
  • Remove non-essential traffic from travelling through Bishopbriggs town centre
  • Alleviate air quality issues on the A803 and enable route corridor improvements
  • Support a well-connected workforce within East Dunbartonshire and the wider City Region
  • Promote improved road infrastructure, coupled with sustainable travel options in and out of East Dunbartonshire, particularly for commuting journeys.

Consultation on concept plan for Bishopbriggs town centre

Residents, businesses and groups are being invited to help further guide efforts to revamp public realm areas in Bishopbriggs.Graphic advertising drop-in event

A concept plan has been developed for the town centre following engagement/consultation in 2022 and 2021.

You can check out a new interactive, online exhibition and have a say by visiting the website [opens in a new window] - between Monday 6 February and Tuesday 28 February 2023.

In addition, a drop-in event is being held at Bishopbriggs War Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7 February, from noon-6.30pm, where members of the design team will be on hand to answer any questions and collate feedback.

You will also be able to access a hard copy of the proposals and a comment form at Bishopbriggs Library (from midweek w/c 6 Feb).

The Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan is a key part of the Council's £34.88 million Place and Growth Programme - supported by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The plan aims to:

  • Give priority to walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport over cars
  • Rework the existing public realm and deliver new public spaces - creating new opportunities for all
  • Make the town centre a more active, inclusive and engaging place in which to spend time.

Councillor Gordan Low, Leader of the Council, said, "I hope as many residents, businesses and groups as possible can share their local experience and knowledge to help develop a design which best reflects the needs and desires of the town.

"It's important to note that this concept plan is not set in stone - it's an overview of aspirations for Bishopbriggs town centre. All feedback will be collated and analysed, and will inform detailed proposals. Further consultation will then be held.

"It's envisaged that works will be delivered in phases. Support has already been secured from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, but additional funding will also be sought. Please give your views if you can."

This Public Realm Plan is underpinned by objectives and a vision set out in the 2018 Bishopbriggs Town Centre Strategy.

The City Deal project - in conjunction with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Glasgow City Council - will see an integrated approach to improve infrastructure within East Dunbartonshire and the north of Glasgow, with three main elements:

  • Bishopbriggs Town Centre Regeneration
  • Delivery of Westerhill Development Road (formerly known as Phase 5 of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road) and a Masterplan for Westerhill
  • Improvements to the A803 Route Corridor.

The Scottish Government is investing £500 million into the Glasgow City Region Deal, as well as £20 million to create a medical research and commercialisation facility.

Scottish Government Business Minister Ivan McKee said, "The Scottish Government welcomes progress on revitalising Bishopbriggs town centre; this consultation proposes support to encourage walking and cycling in line with our wider goals to advance more sustainable options to reach net zero and support local communities.

"The Scottish Government has contributed £500 million towards the Glasgow City Region City Deal to support a more prosperous, greener and fairer economy."

UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord said, "The additional opportunity for the community to have their say during the project planning stages will help ensure the improvements to the town are going to benefit local people and their businesses.

"Making Bishopbriggs a more pedestrian friendly and inclusive place to spend time will allow for new business opportunities and investment to come to the area.

"The UK Government is supporting the Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan as part of our £523 million Glasgow City Region Deal investment."

  • The £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
  • The eight local authorities in Glasgow City Region are East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.
  • For more information on East Dunbartonshire's City Deal Place and Growth Programme, visit the City Deal webpages.

Help steer the way forward for busy route through Bishopbriggs

Residents, businesses and groups can help to improve a busy route through Bishopbriggs and North Glasgow via an online survey and drop-in event.Flyer providing info available within article - asking people to help improve the A803

The A803 Corridor Improvements Project is an element of the Council's £34.88 million Place and Growth Programme - supported by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The aims of the project - which also involves Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) - are to:

  • Increase the number of journeys by active and sustainable travel (walking, wheeling, cycling and bus)
  • Improve bus reliability, air quality and local environments
  • Reduce dependency on the private car
  • Support inclusive growth and access to employment.
  • The project team is currently undertaking a feasibility study to investigate what improvements could be made to the A803 Corridor.

Views from communities served by the corridor on what they believe are the key issues, opportunities and potential improvements are now being sought.

Initial consultation is taking place until Tuesday 22 November 2022. You can get involved by visiting A803-survey

A drop-in event is taking place on Tuesday 15 November at Bishopbriggs War Memorial Hall - between noon and 6.30pm - to provide information and gather views. 

Information and paper surveys are also available at Bishopbriggs and Springburn Libraries, as well as the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs.

You can fill out the online survey via the website.

Work continues on pioneering Public Realm Plan for Bishopbriggs

People are being invited to find out more about an emerging blueprint which aims to create a new era for Bishopbriggs town centre.

The Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan is a key part of the Council's £34.88 million Place and Growth Programme - supported by £15.1 million each from the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Consultation took place last summer to help guide preparations of the plan, with more than 650 people engaging via an interactive StoryMap.

You can check out the latest news via a new online StoryMap which provides information on progress and next steps.

For those without online access, a reference copy of the plan and display boards will be available in Bishopbriggs Library from mid-July until the end of August 2022.

Glasgow City Region launches new economic strategy

A new economic strategy launched for Glasgow City Region - including East Dunbartonshire - is set to have a profound impact on wider public sector policy, decision-making and spend over the next ten years for 1.8 million residents and 50,000 businesses.Fresh start graphic

The strategy sets the approach for how the Region will weather current and future key challenges, some of which are expected to completely disrupt our way of life - including the impact of COVID-19, the climate emergency and unprecedented technological advances. For more details, visit the News section.

Hundreds have their say on potential improvements in Bishopbriggs

Hundreds of people recently took the time to have their say on potential improvements in Bishopbriggs.Bishopbriggs town centre

The Bishopbriggs Town Centre Public Realm Plan consultation ran over the summer of 2021, with 750 people responding - answering over 6,340 questions and providing more than 1,000 detailed comments.

The Plan is a key part of the Council's £34.88 million City Deal Place and Growth Programme approved last year by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.

Assessment of traffic flows will now take place - looking at the current network and what might be realistically achievable for the town.Consultation report

The results of that - combined with analysis and consultation responses - will help the Council develop a Draft Public Realm Plan for consultation next year.

For more information, visit the News section.

Consultation has commenced and we need your help!

The first element of the City Deal project progressing to public consultation is Bishopbriggs Town Centre Regeneration, with people and groups offered the chance to engage on Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan between Monday 21 June and Sunday 15 August 2021.
We want to make Bishopbriggs town centre a more pleasant place to spend time outside, with more things going on to attract more people, and easier to get to by foot, cycle and wheel. The aim is to help town centre businesses and to make it safer and more comfortable to get around without needing a car. 
Help us work out how to make your town centre’s streets and spaces the best they can be! Get involved by answering the question and having your say on our Consultation interactive Storymap:  
For people without online access, paper copies of the consultation will be available to 'Connect and Collect' from Bishopbriggs Library. Call 0141 777 3155: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-1pm.
All responses and feedback will help us develop a Public Realm Plan for the town centre’s streets and spaces, which will then go out to further consultation later this year. 
Please note - this consultation is now closed.

Design Team Appointed

East Dunbartonshire Council have appointed consultants to take forward the wider ambitions of the Town Centre Strategy and create a Public Realm Plan for Bishopbriggs town centre.    Pick Everard and ERZ are the appointed project team tasked with engaging with established community groups and other key stakeholders to produce a long term plan for the town centre. This plan will establish a designed approach to a number of physical projects for Bishopbriggs town centre and aims to significantly improve the quality of the town centre environment.

Strategic Business Case Approved

The Council’s Strategic Business Case (SBC) for the £34.88 million Bishopbriggs Place and Growth Programme was approved at the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 11 February 2020.  To view East Dunbartonshire's SBC please select the link above.


Ceara Pimley
Team Leader
City Deal

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