Council's Helensburgh office plans on public display

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Published Date: 

31 Oct 2011 - 16:14

Helensburgh residents are being encouraged to engage with the council over plans to redevelop its office accommodation in the town.


The council is currently drawing up a planning application to transform the former Clyde Street School site at 38 East Clyde Street into new council offices and community facilities.


A display highlighting the proposed development has now opened for viewing at Helensburgh Library.  The display will be in place until Saturday, November 12.


Councillor Vivien Dance, chair of the Helensburgh and Lomond area committee, urged members of the public to familiarise themselves with what was being proposed.


“This project has been a long time coming. It will transform a prominent building in the town which has lain empty for a number of years, and we are keen to get the general public involved,” Councillor Dance said.


“What is being proposed makes sense in all respects. At present we have several offices spread across the town, each of which has significant operational costs.


“The plan to move the vast majority of our Helensburgh-based employees onto one site will not only save public money but should also enable us to be more efficient in the way we provide and manage our services. It will also provide a one stop shop for all residents where they can access staff and information on all council services.


“We are still at a relatively early stage of the process. There will be ample opportunity for the public to have their say on what is being proposed once the statutory planning process gets underway, but I would urge anyone who is interested in finding out more to visit the library before November 12.”


Under the plans, which will be submitted before the end of the year, the former Clyde Street School buildings will be retained and refurbished.