SCOTTISH Conservative and Unionist Councillor for Cowdenbeath, Darren Watt, has expressed disappointment with the news that Greggs Cowdenbeath High Street branch may not re-open their doors when the lockdown easing of restrictions allows shops to open on Monday. Councillor Watt has written to Greggs seeking clarity and is urging local residents, businesses and shoppers to sign his online petition and help send a strong message to Greggs Chief Executive, Roger Whiteside OBE.

MSP for Cowdenbeath Annabelle Ewing has also contacted the organisation airing her worries about the possible loss of such a popular shopin the town.

Councillor Watt said: “I hope to discuss this with them at the earliest opportunity and if closure is confirmed, with the support of the local community, I will strongly encourage them to reconsider.

“The online petition I set up achieved more than 200 signatures in the first 24 hours and I would encourage everyone to add their name so we send the strongest possible message".

Ms Ewing said: “It’s not just about sausage rolls or bacon rolls, Greggs has an important role to play on the High Street, beginning with – but not restricted to – the jobs that they provide to the people who work in the shop".

Councillor Watt added: "This popular national brand has become a real staple and firm favourite on our High Street and would be sorely missed should they close permanently.

“Cowdenbeath's High Street has bucked the trend in recent years and has seen an increase in investment including significant improvements to pavements and major upgrade to the green square.

“We have also seen new businesses set up here including national chains such as Subway, Dominoes and the Card Factory as well as many local retailers and service providers.

“To lose Greggs at this time would be devastating for the staff, their families and the many customers who enjoy their products.”

Names can be added to Councillor Watt’s online petition at: