Public money to fill gap site

Planning permission has been given to North Lanarkshire Council to install a hoarding at a gap site on Kilsyth Main’s Street - despite the land being privately owned.

Thursday, 5th December 2013, 7:50 am

The planning application was discussed at a recent meeting of Kilsyth Community Council on Wednesday, November 20.

Members of the community council were keen to find out more about planning application, particularly because the land is privately owned.

The local authority stated in the planning application that they want to erect a boundary treatment to screen a vacant site on 37 Main Street.

And they were given the green light to do so by planners on Wednesday, November 27

Fiona Lorna Bowden, business manager (strategic planning) at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “As part of the council’s work to improve the environment in Kilsyth Main Street we propose to install a hoarding on a vacant privately-owned site. The site is an eyesore, and the hoarding would cover the site and make it more attractive. When deciding to install the hoarding, the council had to balance the public expenditure with the wider public interest of maintaining the amenity of the town centre and our objective to boost the local economy. The council has received permission from the owners to erect the hoarding.”