AN INDOOR sports facility near Clydebank could still be partly transformed into a street food market – provided it is given the green light by councillors.

The warehouse in Old Kilpatrick, formerly used as a bus depot, could provide a three converted shipping containers operating as a pop-up fast-food service for two years.

A further two food container units will be located on the hardstanding area and would be occupied by vendors selling less/non-odorous food and drinks such as coffees, sandwiches and desserts with an informal seating area and picnic tables created inside the unit.

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The planning application for Unit 1 at Gavinburn Business Park, which includes 12 parking spaces, came before West Dunbartonshire Council’s planning committee on November 11.

Bailie Denis Agnew said: “Is this area suitable to prepare food? As I recall it is quite a barn of a place, and there were some concerns before regarding the content on some of the roofing materials.

“Could you enlighten me on that? This is a major change of use.”

Council officer Erin Goldie responded: “I can confirm that food would be prepared at the trader units, and there is no objection from environmental health on that.

“The matter of birds entering the unit was something that was discussed on site by member at the time. This is not a material planning consideration, but ensuring waste is appropriately delt with is.

“The applicant proposes 20 wheelie bins on the site and two floating staff to manage waste also.”

The Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels project, whose volunteers currently use the site to store and prepare food parcels, has also shown an interest in potentially operating a hot food service from one of the containers.

But concerns have been raised about the disposal of waste and deterring birds that may enter the container.

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SNP councillor Ian Dickson said: “I have a question regarding the floating staff. Will the two members of “floating staff” be on at the same time? Or is this two posts?”

Cllr Dickson was informed that there will be three members of staff per unit, who would need to be on site if the vendor is operating – which would mean two floating staff would have to be present at this time.

Councillor Gail Casey added: “I have some concerns about this application. The site would operate for two years but may not be good for the area or those who live there.

“We don’t have details of the menu so we don’t know what they will be cooking. The biggest problem is the ventilation system.”

Members agreed to continue the application to allow applicant James Steel to provide further information in response to the committee’s concerns.