THE sale of four plots of land in Old Kilpatrick has been put on hold by its owners as questions continue about its future.

A total of 26.93 acres had been put up for sale by Scottish Enterprise (SE), including Lusset Glen and land close to Old Dalnottar Cemetery and Auchentoshan Distillery.

Much of the land surrounds the Western Isles estate in the village and Old Kilpatrick Community Council (OKCC) and Action Old Kilpatrick (AOK) had hoped to ensure the land stays as greenspace rather than anything else.

Scottish Enterprise told the Post after the closing date for offers, they needed to look further into the ownership of the MOD land.

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A spokeswoman said: “We have therefore taken the decision to take these sites off the market to allow full investigations into the issues raised.

“This has been communicated to each of the interested parties for the sites, and we’ve also met with Old Kilpatrick Community Council and Old Kilpatrick Action Group as part of our investigations.”

One of the four plots of land includes red blaes pitches backing on to those at Mountblow, currently getting refurbished.

In a statement, the community council and AOK said: “We are keen to ensure that any publicly owned land is accessible by the public and contributes to our green environment.

“The two groups, working together, began asking questions some months ago about what use the former MOD land would be put to and it has become clearer, as a result of those enquiries, that there are ownership issues which have to be resolved.

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“All parties have been working co-operatively and SE have taken the sensible step to pause sales activity until these issues have been resolved.”

Clydebank MSP, Gil Paterson said: “I am very pleased that Scottish Enterprise has listened to what local people have to say about this, and has taken swift and pragmatic action.”