BEARSDEN residents have been urged to fight against the potential erection of social housing on a greenbelt site.

Claims developers were spotted on the protected land, which lies between Milngavie and Bearsden bounded by the Mains Estate, Mosshead, and North Baljaffray, has sparked fears East Dunbartonshire Council could be set to erect social housing on the site in line with the area's second local development plan.

Bearsden North Community Council called on residents to attend a meeting to discuss the potential developments to the area in a bid to halt the proposal ever coming to fruition.

In a statement the council said: "Any reduction of this protected greenbelt will make farming unsustainable, so we cannot afford to lose any of it, not even one field, or part of one field.

"Additional housing will also put pressure on the local infrastructure and amenities.

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"As you will already know, local schools are at capacity, there are long waiting times for GP appointments, the trains are unreliable, both the roads into Glasgow, A81 Milngavie Road and A810 Drymen Road, are congested and the air quality at Bearsden Cross breaches permitted pollution levels. "Further erosion of the protected greenbelt between Milngavie and Bearsden will not address any of these challenges."

The local authority remained tight lipped on its plans for the site.

Thomas Glen, depute chief executive of place, neighbourhood and corporate assets, said: "In line with the requirements of Government the Council is currently carrying out early engagement to identify key priorities for Local Development Plan 2(LDP2).

"Residents are encouraged to submit their views in a questionnaire which is available online and in libraries.

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"In addition, the council is required to carry out a 'Call for Sites', which is asking communities and developers to provide information about areas which they would wish to see considered for potential development.

"At this stage, no decisions have been made on how much development is needed or where it will go, but we welcome views from all interested parties."