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Re: New fund will encourage residents across East Renfrewshire to get on their bike or take a stroll ? 1 month, 3 weeks ago #49

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31/12/2020

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Residents left saddled with active travel plan in Newton Mearns

By Pippa Smith Reporter

EFFORTS to make a key route in East Renfrewshire safer for cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users have been branded “a waste of money.”

As part of the Spaces for People project, East Renfrewshire Council secured £1million of Scottish Government funding to boost active travel for residents while maintaining social distancing.

One project involves creating a physical barrier between the road and cycle lane on the A77.

Council chiefs say this follows strong public support to safeguard the existing cycle lane on Ayr Road, in Newton Mearns, making it easier for people to walk and cycle.

But some Ayr Road residents have slammed the project, insisting the cash should instead be used to tackle the area’s pothole problem.

Jim Heffernan told the Barrhead News: “This installation does nothing to make life easier for walkers and wheelchair users, as the width of the pavement has not been altered.

“I would suggest this cash could be put to far better use in upgrading pavements in the area and filling in the potholes, which would have a much more beneficial effect for walkers, wheelchair users and cyclists than pop-up cycle lanes.”

Mr Heffernan also said more should have been done to seek the views of local residents.

He added: “If the consultation was online, many residents in Ayr Road are elderly and do not have access to the internet.”

However, council bosses insist the community was consulted and there was “clear demand” for the project.

A spokesperson said: “Following community engagement on potential temporary measures to help people get about safely during Covid-19, there was a clear community demand for improved active travel provision in the area.

“These measures will help keep people safe and maintain physical distancing while walking, cycling and wheeling.

It will also promote active and healthy lifestyles, helping to reduce pressure on public transport and unnecessary car journeys.

“The programme is fully funded through the Sustrans’ Spaces for People programme and cannot be allocated towards general road maintenance.

“We have invested an additional £15million from 2019 until 2023 to top up the existing roads resurfacing works.”

The project will continue to be monitored by the council, with residents able to provide feedback here.

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Re: New fund will encourage residents across East Renfrewshire to get on their bike or take a stroll ? 1 month, 2 weeks ago #50

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East Renfrewshire Spaces for People

Update & statement on Giffnock Town Centre

Posted on Jan 11th 2021 by John Shelton


Happy New Year to all East Renfrewshire Spaces for People subscribers

The development and rollout of the various COVID vaccines is the best possible news to herald in the New Year.

Although the end is now in sight, restrictions have to continue until the virus is under control.

It is important you continue to adhere to the rules, stay local and keep yourself and others safe. Where possible you should consider walking, wheeling or cycling, if you can, to reduce pressure on the road network and on public transport where capacity will be limited.

Spaces for People Update

The main news update is the ongoing development of the initial phase of the A77 Ayr Road and Fenwick Road South ‘Bike & Roll’ corridor.

Although works were originally scheduled to be complete late December, bad weather (first lots of rain, then a cold snap) has delayed efforts.

We would be keen to continue to gather your views as this will ultimately help shape measures in the week and months ahead.

For further information regarding the status of A77 road corridor plans you can find out more information contained within our A77 Briefing Note November 2020 originally issued to local stakeholders.

Giffnock Town Centre

We are aware of discussion in the community regarding the removal of all on street car parking and the reallocation of road space within Giffnock Town Centre.

There are no proposals in the pipeline to do this, however upon reviewing the engagement material on our Commonplace site we note that the indicative June 2020 draft plans for Fenwick Road included Giffnock Town Centre.

This document was added to the site in error and represented initial potential considerations which will not be taken forward.

The document will be replaced and we apologise for any confusion.

For background, the June 2020 plans were developed alongside a series of emergency proposals for key areas across East Renfrewshire following the first ‘lockdown’.

Physical distancing was, and remains, one of the main tools available to reduce virus transmission and a key element of East Renfrewshire’s Transport Response to COVID .

Early on however it was recognised that series of challenges and uncertainties meant that progressing a programme of significant road space reallocation in Giffnock and elsewhere was not feasible, proportional nor necessarily welcome during a time of business uncertainty.

Since July 2020 ERC have instead promoted a ‘Safe streets healthy businesses’ approach to help facilitate safe trading during COVID.

This included provisions to empower businesses to encourage creative ways to reimagine public space to support safe trading and enable distancing within the public realm.

The rationale for this decision was the emergence of evidence indicating relative risk levels to COVID exposure.

With appropriate controls and observing safety guidelines, being outdoors and shopping are generally classed as low risk activities with higher risk activities, such congregating within an busy indoor environment like a restaurant or coffee shop, requiring greater levels of control to minimise contagion.

Along the main thoroughfare of Giffnock Town Centre footway widths are generally sufficient to enable distancing between people, however, an increase in congestion or an increase in outdoor trading may be problematic.

We believe therefore that the approach adopted provides both flexibility and support to enable businesses to seek solutions that works best for their particular circumstances.

Please note, the council and partners continue to offer support and advice on how to stay safe during COVID and are committed to support local businesses during a very challenging time.

Looking to the future

Over the coming months we will continue to investigate opportunities for temporary measures along the A77 road corridor through Newton Mearns and Giffnock into Glasgow.

This includes opportunities for temporary bus and cycle priority measures and traffic signal optimisation.

More information on this can be found within our Bus Priority Rapid Development Fund Briefing Note December 2020.

We recognise however that areas such Town Centres - with a range of competing demands on finite road space – any proposals, even temporary, require further assessment, analysis and engagement and this is what we intend to do.

Over the coming months we will continue to assess the feasibility of delivering further Spaces for People and other proposals across East Renfrewshire.

These include, amongst other priorities, the viability of further pop up Bike & Roll Corridors, how best to facilitate a functional and inclusive active travel network, ‘school street’ trials and further incentives to encourage residents to shop locally.

Please subscribe to our News page to receive notification on plans in your area.

Although there is an immediate need to limit virus transmission to save lives, we also need to look into the future and how best to support a sustainable transition and recovery from COVID.

As part of this we want to make it easier and safer for people to move around by supporting a choice of local journey options.

As well as improving accessibility to and from key destinations, this is essential in terms of sustainable management of the road network, safeguarding public health, protecting the environment and supporting the revitalisation of local town and neighbourhood centres hit hard by COVID.

Many of us have already changed our transport habits by walking, cycling and wheeling more for exercise and/or essential journeys.

How we move around more sustainably will be a pressing question over the next decade.

Decisions taken now and the key lessons learnt will ultimately help inform what future and more permanent measures might look like into the future.


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Re: New fund will encourage residents across East Renfrewshire to get on their bike or take a stroll ? 1 month ago #51

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Busy Newton Mearns footpath to close for improvements

By Pippa Smith Reporter

A POPULAR walking route in East Renfrewshire is to close for improvements.

The footpath running from Mearnskirk along Langrig Road, close to the Maidenhill development site in Newton Mearns will be closed from January 25 for eight weeks.

A spokesperson for East Renfrewshire Council, said: "Planned improvements will include resurfacing, lighting and a new surfaced path from Mearnswood to the old quarry."

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Posted East Renfrewshire Council facebook page -

Yesterday at 04:01 ·

The footpath running from Mearnskirk along Langrig Road at the perimeter of the Maidenhill development site in Newton Mearns will be closed from 25 January for approx. 8 weeks.

Planned improvements will include resurfacing, lighting and a new surfaced path from Mearnswood to the old quarry.

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EAST RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL

CABINET

4 February 2021

Report by Director of Environment

BETTER POINTS INITIATIVE

PURPOSE OF REPORT

1.The purpose of this report is to inform Members about the BetterPoints Initiative, to seek approval to directly appoint Ansons Consulting as the service provider for this scheme and seek exemption from tendering in accordance with Contract Standing Order 15 (iii).

The total costs for Phase 1 will be £80,000 and will be funded through external funding from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places and Sustrans’ Spaces for People.

However, there may be the possibility of a phase 2 in the future subject to the success of phase 1 and further funding being available which would increase the cost to £180,000 and therefore exemption is being asked for on that basis.

RECOMMENDATIONS
2.It is recommended that the Cabinet:

a)Approves an Exemption from Contract Standing Orders to enable East Renfrewshire Council to appoint Ansons Consulting; and

b)Delegates to the Head of Environment (Chief Planning Officer) to approve and sign the Service Level Agreement between East Renfrewshire Council and Ansons Consulting in line with Council policy.

BACKGROUND
3.BetterPoints is an incentivisation programme which encourages users of a BetterPoints mobile app to travel sustainably by offering rewards for doing so.

Users collectpoints or ‘BetterPoints’ which can be exchanged for rewards, ranging from a drink in a local coffee shop, money off shopping or a donation to charity.

4.The BetterPoints platform is extremely flexible, offering scalability and a variety of customization, which allows projects to vary widely in terms of scope and purpose.

5.Ansons have an exclusive partnership with Better Points to deliver projects in Scotland.

6.An exemption from contract standing orders is therefore being sought to appoint Ansons to deliver a BetterPoints programme for East Renfrewshire.

7.A comprehensive proposal for an East Renfrewshire BetterPoints programme is included as Appendix A.

REPORT
8. The main aims of an East Renfrewshire BetterPoints scheme would be to:

•Encourage sustainable travel.

This will have health benefits (active and public transport means better air quality, less congestion and improved health).

There is a risk that due to Covid-19 there will be less confidence in public transport and people may return to private vehicles which would negatively impact congestion and air quality; and

•Boost the local economy by encouraging footfall in town centres.

Residents and employees would be encouraged to shop locally with incentives to do so (following agreement with local businesses).

9. The Better Points programme would commence with Phase 1, and if successful a Phase 2 could follow (subject to funding).

Phase 1 of the East Renfrewshire initiative includes a local umbrella programme open to anyone in East Renfrewshire over the age of 14 as well as a programme that seeks to engage employees from local workplaces.

Phase 1 will be for a total of seven months.

10. The umbrella programme will incorporate a series of focused challenges and campaigns, designed to encourage residents to use active and (where appropriate) sustainable modes of travel.

11. The workplace intervention will target employees who work for selected larger employers in the East Renfrewshire Council area.

This would include encouraging them to travel to work actively and also to use active modes of travel for leisure and local trips, anticipating that some employees may still be working from home or furloughed.

12. Promoting active travel modes is especially important in relation to COVID-19. Currently many people are avoiding public transport.

In addition capacity on public transport services is often not available.

It also allows employees to consider alternatives to the private car.

Reducing or limiting private car travel by promoting alternatives has numerous benefits for the local area, including improved air quality, reduced parking issues and less congestion.

Higher levels of physical activity can also support mental and physical health and wellbeing.

13. Alongside resident and employee engagement, Ansons would also seek to engage with local traders to encourage them to take part in the programme.

To participate traders would sign up to BetterPoints and allow vouchers for their businesses to be promoted and earned through the app and then redeemed in their local stores.

By getting involved in this way traders will encourage footfall and incentivise shopping locally while at the same time encouraging shoppers to travel sustainably for these and other local trips.

14. The project can be got off the ground quickly.

FINANCE & EFFICENCY
15. The total cost of Phase 1 is £80,000 and is covered by secured external funding as outlined in this report.

16.An optional Phase 2 project could follow if the project meets/exceeds objectives and if there is further funding available.

CONSULTATION
17.Stakeholder interviews were carried out by to help inform the proposal.

PARTNERSHIP WORKING
18.The Service Level Agreement Document has been reviewed by East Renfrewshire Council Legal and Procurement representatives.

IMPLICATIONS OF THE PROPOSAL
19. There are no new staffing, property, policy, IT, equalities or other implications at this point in time.

CONCLUSION
20. BetterPoints is a major opportunity for the whole of East Renfrewshire to become involved in and encourage active travel and increase physical activity whilst potentially boosting footfall in the local town centres.

RECOMMENDATIONS
21. It is recommended that the Cabinet:

a) Approves an Exemption from Contract Standing Orders to enable East Renfrewshire Council to appoint Ansons Consulting; and

b) Delegates to the Head of Environment (Chief Planning Officer) to approve and sign the Service Level Agreement between East Renfrewshire Council and Ansons Consulting in line with Council policy.

Director of Environment

Further information can be obtained from:
John Marley (Principal Traffic Officer) on 07771635179 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Convener contact details
Councillor Tony Buchanan
Office: 0141 577 3107(Leader of the Council)
Mobile: 07976 360398

January 2021

You can read the Report and APPENDIX A on the Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/4551/C...m=637469301378230000

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BetterPoints Initiative

Angus Council would appear also to be involved with Ansons Consulting -

www.angus.gov.uk/news/get_active_arbroath

- At what cost?

- Only for 6 weeks?

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4.Better Points Initiative - Report by Director of Environment (copy attached,pages 21 - 58).


From Appendix A

COSTS

4. PRICING
The programme price includes a technology license for the use of the platform and app, hosting, maintenance, back-ups and user support.

Behaviour change programme design, set up and data capture, in line with pre agreed KPI’s is a set, up-front cost.

Management, implementation and engagement fees cover account management, ongoing monitoring of reach and engagement, as well as content creation for in app stories and messaging.

In-app content and offers will be designed in liaison with ERC’s Transport and Economic Development teams and will mirror and add to existing and planned communications, events and promotions, with a set number of “BetterPoints boosted” events throughout the programme

-for example, double points for cycling into town during a promotional event day.

All prices below exclude VAT.

4.1.1 BetterPoints Platform

– 7 Month Programme £23,950

Technology license: 7-month including hosting and customer support - £7,000 (this includes a license for September when we would be setting up, customising and doing internal testing. Ready for October 1st launch.

Umbrella programme design and set up of portal and programme in app -£3,000

this will include a themed gamification campaign.

Programme Management - £3,850 to include:

o Message creationoLocal trader onboarding

o Up to 8 “BetterPoints boosted” events based bonus or short term reward offers set up

o Points monitoring

o Account management

o Dashboard interpretation and assistance.

Treasure hunt – £4,500 (per hunt) this is for campaigncreation, treasure design/animated digital character creation, collateral development, liaison on placing of treasure/local clues and set up in system.

Workplace challenge module: £3,100

this includes challenge and leaderboard set up, content and prize administration.

Reporting/Evaluation:

access to the BetterPoints dashboard for live data.

Standard level evaluation reporting - £2,500.

4.1.2 Marketing and Promotion £3,45

0 Traders guide design and copy writing £250.

Poster, flyer and vinyl banner design £1,200.

Print £2,000.

4.1.3 Rewards £7,875

Umbrella programme rewards £5,375.

A recommended rewards budget of £5,000 is proposed.

This would include a rewards package of 5million points (worth £5,000 plus £375 or 7.5% admin fee).

Additional rewards budgets would be required of £1000 and £1500 for the treasure hunt and workplace challenge respectively.

Administration of these rewards are included in the overall module cost.

The elicitation of rewards can be supported by Ansons Consulting as part of the trader engagement provision.

Rewards budgets are estimated and can be augmented by sponsored prizes where available.

Marketing and promotions includes BetterPoints standard digital pack of A5, A4 flyers and banner designs as well as standard print.

Additional may be required and will be specified and priced separately, as agreed at the time.

4.1.4 Local Support & Engagement – 7 Month Programme £42,700

Ansons’ total lump sum fee to complete the local engagement work as described in this proposal is £40,037(excluding VAT) plus £2,665of expenses.

This fee includes c.92days of consultancy time, a substantial majority of which will focus directly on engaging with traders, workplaces and engaging with the wider target audience for the BetterPoints programme.

4.1.5 Additional Options

Community campaign –route specific £2,550 (additional rewards budget required to be determined depending upon scope).

BetterInsight data visualization - £500 per month includes access to reporting dashboard.

Marketing/engagement:

Focused high-profile print/billboard campaign £10,000-12,000.

Bespoke reporting and additional analysis is available as required and will be priced based on the number of days needed.

This may include but is not limited to the breakdown of activity by area, user types, sponsored rewards click through rates and/or other business specific metrics required.


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Total Price £77,975.00 (exc. VAT)

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