Red Comyn site visit confirmed

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 10:43 on 8 March 2015

North Lanarkshire Council

An application has been lodged to close the pub and open two new shop/ office units. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

THE battle to save the Red Comyn pub from closure continues after North Lanarkshire Council planners confirmed that a site visit and application hearing will take place on Thursday 9th April.

As part of the planning application, the pub’s owners are seeking authority planning permission to convert part of the Kildrum pub to a convenience store, with a smaller unit adjacent to the convenience store, with suggestions abound that the new unit could become a hairdressers. 

A public meeting was held on the matter on January 12, before a local petition circulated local doors and adorned the till-points of various points-of-interest in the area, including the Afton and Clouden Road convenience shops. Kildrum Community Council then formally objected to the plans and has announced it will fight the proposals on an ongoing basis.

The April 9th date is key for the application’s opponents, with it potentially being an opportunity for critics to directly voice their concerns and put their case across that the local boozer should be saved from the bulldozer. 

Cumbernauld South SNP councillor, Paddy Hogg is one of those objecting to the proposals. In his objection, the SNP ma said: “I have been contacted by many residents not only of Kildrum area but from all over Cumbernauld, asking me to make the following points to try to stop this asset sale of what is in effect a community asset for a host of reasons. 

“Residents have said that the community does not want a new shop and off licence as this would cause a host of problems. 

“The Pub could be marketed for a while longer or come sort of community consultation done to get ideas and plans from the community. A consortium of local people might come together to buy the pub if given time and an offer made and accepted. 

“This seeking planning permission in this manner is simply a quick sale disposal approach to an asset and has no regard to the community and LOCAL PLAN.”

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn has also set out his objections to the proposals, and has made his own submission to the public consultation, after a survey undertaken by his office revealed that 95 per cent of respondents rejected the proposals.

“The strength of feeling locally on this issue is clear and the majority who have taken the time to contact me are opposed to this move,” the SNP MSP commented.

He added: “There are serious concerns about the impact that the loss of this pub would have on the community and social life in the area, and also regarding the proposed replacements.

“There is real concern about having a licenced grocers so close to the play-park and the potential of anti-social behaviour and public drinking.

“On top of that the questions about the impact this would have on existing local businesses of a similar nature have not been addressed.

“While there area a range of views on this matter, some local residents regard this application as a positive opportunity, it is clear to me that this application does not have the support of the local community. On that basis I am calling on the Council to reject this application.”

Gregg McClymont, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s Labour MP has also added his name to the list of objectors, confirming his stance earlier this month.

“There are plenty such units in Kildrum and there would be potential here for increased traffic in a road with existing safety concerns,” he said.

He added: “I will be making my views known and calling on the plans to be rejected.”

To date, 101 people have responded to the planning application via the council’s eplanning website – all public comments are against the application.