DRUMCHAPEL is hosting a community gathering this weekend to discuss the future for the area.

Last year's "Living in Drumchapel" survey of 500 residents raised concerns about the area and campaigners are pushing to ensure everyone stays involved and that they get answers from leaders.

Shopping centre owners London Cambridge Properties (LCP) will be on hand along with Development Regeneration Services, land and environmental services, GHA, local housing associations and councillors.

The event runs on March 23 in Drumchapel Community Centre from 11am to 2pm.

Andy Lynch, chairman of Drumchapel Community Council, said: "Although the survey raised concerns about poverty, unemployment, isolation and lack of facilities, it overwhelmingly concluded that people are concerned about the local shopping centre, especially the back end of it which the council owns.

"Large buildings like the Mercat Theatre and the jobs and business building have been closed for years and appear not to have a future. We would like answers to what to what the future plans are to regenerate this part of the shopping centre.

"Also concerns have been raised regarding the amount of vacant land which in some areas have laying empty and barren for more than 25 years.

"We would like to know is there any plans to develop this land and who actually owns it."

After hearing from the "main players" invited to the day, there will be discussion groups and an opportunity for the community to put their views forward.

All are welcome and a small buffet and refreshments will be provided.