Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson visited Dr Kenny Brophy and his team of local volunteers, students and archaeologists who have been out and about recording the prehistoric archaeology of Faifley.
The results of the rock art survey work will be showcased at a drop-in event in the Skypoint Centre on Saturday 23rd March between 2pm and 4pm and Mr Paterson is urging local people to pop along and discover the fascinating history of the archaeological heritage on our doorstep. There will also be a chance to try your hand at making your own rock art.
The survey work has been organised by Historic Environment Scotland’s Rock Art Project whose aim is to enhance understanding and awareness of Scotland’s prehistoric rock art by training and supporting community teams to gather detailed information. The recording teams are making 3D digital models of each stone which will be freely available online.
Speaking about the project, Mr Paterson said:
“The Cochno Stone is becoming better known, no small thanks to Dr Kenny Brophy of Glasgow University, but I wonder how many people realise the true extent of all the rock-art around Faifley?
“This area is a prehistoric treasure trove with several sites which have not been seen for many, many years.
“All credit is due to Kenny Brophy and his team who work so hard to raise awareness and teach us about our rich heritage. He always seeks to encourage the whole community to engage with our ancient legacy and we should support and participate in these initiatives wherever we can.”
Gil Paterson MSP has sent a written submission to East Dunbartonshire Council regarding the Local Development Plan 2.
In his submission he states that he wishes to record his “strongest objection” to any change of designation for the ground bounded by the Mains Estate, the Craigdhu Wedge, Mosshead and Baljaffray in the new plan.
The land in question is currently designated as greenbelt and Mr Paterson wants it to stay that way.
Speaking to the Herald, Mr Paterson said:
“Local people in Milngavie & Bearsden are really concerned about this issue and many of them have contacted me about their worries.
“The potential loss of greenbelt, open, agricultural land between the two communities would forever change the character of these separate and distinct areas, the amenity of this green space would also be lost to the people of those communities forever.
“Obviously, there will be pressure from residential developers to change the current provision at this location but my view is that would fly in the face of other important East Dunbartonshire Council Policies in relation to greener travel options, lowering traffic congestion and improving poor air quality.
“The council have enough development land available at the moment, there is no need to endanger this greenspace. Indeed, the proximity of green spaces goes a long way in making Bearsden & Milngavie such a popular place to live.”
Mr Paterson, also urged East Dunbartonshire Council to retain the allocation of land at Allander for the creation of a new rail halt with park and ride facilities, a cause he has long championed.