Two hundred old folk tell Council where to stick community alarm bells

Cllrs Iain McLaren and Marie McNair.

By Bill Heaney

The bells are ringing – community safety alarm bells that is – for the SNP administration on West Dunbartonshire Council.

More than 200 people, most of them elderly and vulnerable – have told the Council where to stick their community alarms.

This follows a major price hike which has seen the cost of having soar to more than £20 a month.

In what should be scramble to find the money to do yet another U-turn, Cllr McColl and his hopefully embarrassed colleagues on the Tory and Independent benches, may just have been bailed out.

The site of former West Dunbartonshire Council Offices in Clydebank is set to be sold to a housing developer for almost £2.5 million.

The building, on Roseberry Place, Kilbowie Road, was declared surplus in 2016, and was then demolished.

Now, after extensive marketing, an offer of £2,475,000 from Miller Homes has been accepted.

This offer will be subject to a site investigation by Miller Homes to ensure no abnormal costs.

The company plan to use the site for building 63 new homes made up of a mix of three bedroom semi-detached houses, and three-bed terraced homes.

Councillors were asked to consider the offer during a meeting of the Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development committee today.

During the meeting, they were told a project of the size Miller Homes planned would be likely to generate the Council a minimum income of around £114,777 per year in Council Tax and sewage charges.

Miller Homes will pay a deposit of £100,000 once the missives have been concluded.

Following discussion, the offer was approved.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of the committee, said: “It is great to see that this substantial site, which has been unused by the Council and was surplus to requirements, now has the potential to be brought back to life again in a way that will improve the lives of our residents.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of the committee, added: “Our officers have worked hard to market the site, and it is pleasing that this land could be brought back into use.”

No one said anything about the money though or what the Council would do with it.

It might just be a great idea to invest it in community alarms before even more SNP votes haemorrhage away on the back of another U-turn.


  1. Should have been land-banked to build Council Houses for rent on, to get some of the thousands of families languishing on the Housing Waiting lists into affordable public sector rented accommodation.

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