East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:30:16 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://ernhw.org.uk/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum http://ernhw.org.uk/ en-gb Subject: Potential Story - Non Story - Potential Story - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45875-potential-story-non-story-potential-story#45875 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45875-potential-story-non-story-potential-story#45875
We explored a few questions with Cllr Stewart Miller regarding the Audit & Scrutiny Committee.

He responded and his answers led us to believe that we had a non story.

We did return with just one question to him and he has now refused to answer that one question.

Perhaps there is a story here after all????????]]>
Public Forum Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:34:40 +0000
Subject: Flag Raising - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45872-flag-raising#45872 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45872-flag-raising#45872 Public Forum Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:37:06 +0000 Subject: Eastwood leisure centre proposal to go before councillors - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45871-eastwood-leisure-centre-proposal-to-go-before-councillors#45871 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45871-eastwood-leisure-centre-proposal-to-go-before-councillors#45871
By John A. MacInnes

Published: 08:28 Monday 24 June 2019

Eastwood leisure centre proposal to go before councillors

Proposals to agree to build a new state-of-the-art Eastwood leisure centre and theatre in Eastwood Park will go before councillors on Wednesday (June 26).

East Renfrewshire Council will be asked to approve Eastwood Park as the preferred site for a new-build leisure centre and theatre at the meeting.

If approved, it would mean that neither Shawwood Park nor Broomburn Park would need to be considered as potential options and would remain as protected urban green space.

A six-week consultation held in May/June 2018 showed that 87 per cent of residents who responded supported new leisure facilities within the Eastwood area being created to meet the future needs of people in the area.

In October last year Councillors asked the Council’s Director of Environment to specifically explore how feasible it would be to build a new leisure centre and theatre in Eastwood Park.

The new proposal going before councillors next week outlines that whilst a significantly improved facility could be built within Eastwood Park, it would not be possible to include four additional pitches.

Whilst there would be challenges working around the site constraints, it is proposed that the new centre could still include a six-lane 50m swimming pool, additional teaching pool and flumes, spectator seating area, 140-station gym, spin studio, six-court sports hall, theatre space, health suite, café, multifunctional cultural space and an interactive play area.

The proposed new facility could potentially be built over two floors at a site adjacent to the current facility, allowing it to continue operating during the construction period and ensuring there would be no major disruption to leisure provision during this time.

As part of a wider masterplan for Eastwood Park, the vision is to develop improved outdoor space that can enjoyed by people working within the park and for those who visit and use it for recreational purposes.

East Renfrewshire Council’s Director of Environment Andrew Cahill said: “A considerable amount of detailed work has been carried out in relation to the possibility of a new-build leisure centre and theatre within Eastwood Park, keeping as far as possible to the original specification. This has been challenging and there will be some compromises but the proposal going before councillors still offers the potential to provide a modern, vastly improved leisure facility within the park, although it would not be possible to include any additional outdoor pitches. It is for councillors to decide if this proposal should be progressed.”

If councillors agree the recommendations being put forward, then a further report outlining the detailed options and costs will be brought back before them in due course.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:00:07 +0000
Subject: Can anyone help? - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45863-can-anyone-help#45863 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45863-can-anyone-help#45863 Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:52:05 +0000 Subject: Consultation only for Barrhead Greenspaces ? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45861-consultation-only-for-barrhead-greenspaces-#45861 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45861-consultation-only-for-barrhead-greenspaces-#45861
Kevin McRoberts
Published: 15:04 Wednesday 19 June 2019

East Renfrewshire Council is consulting on future developments at Cowan Park.

Have your say on the future of Barrhead’s Cowan Park

The local community is being invited to give their views on improvements to Barrhead’s Cowan Park.

East Renfrewshire Council is working in partnership with the community to plan future developments to further improve Cowan Park and has launched an online survey for local residents to have their say.

A steering group has been looking at future improvements.

A community engagement steering group was established earlier this year with representatives from local student groups, teachers, sports teams and community groups to ensure that the public is involved in every step of the process.

Environment Convener, Councillor Alan Lafferty, said: “Barrhead’s Cowan Park is a wonderful asset and has vast potential as a hub for the community and visitors, so it is hugely important that future plans for the park have the backing of local residents and stakeholders.

I would encourage everyone to complete our survey to ensure their voice is heard.”

The survey can be found here


This survey can be provided to you in other languages and in alternative formats such as large print or braille.

For further information, please contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:01:42 +0000
Subject: School? Faciliies available for public use - open all day and night for public use - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45858-school-faciliies-available-for-public-use-open-all-day-and-night-for-public-use#45858 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45858-school-faciliies-available-for-public-use-open-all-day-and-night-for-public-use#45858 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 17 Jun, 2019 At 16:40
Subject: School? Faciliies available for public use - open all day and night for public use


I refer to the below posts on the ERC facebook page.

You say Eastwood and Williamwood are not managed by the Council - They are managed by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust.

Can you say how the facilities( Barrhead, Woodfarm and Mearns Castle High Schools, and any others) apart from Eastwood and Williamwood are managed -

Who by, how and who pays the cost?

Can you say -

How East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust manage Eastwood and Williamwood?

Who pays for this management?


at what cost?


From ERC facebook page -

East Renfrewshire Council
11 June at 22:59 ·

Get your football fix in East Ren this summer

Our fantastic all weather pitches at Barrhead, Woodfarm and Mearns Castle High Schools, outwith existing bookings, will be open all day and night for public use The fun kicks off on Friday 14 June

Post - Great news. Will Eastwood not be included in this?

East Renfrewshire Council Hi Claire - unfortunately Eastwood won't be included at this stage as it isn't managed by the Council. Thanks.

East Renfrewshire Council It is managed by the East Ren Culture and Leisure Trust. Thanks.

Post - Will the running tracks be made available for free use as well?

East Renfrewshire Council - Yes they will be
East Renfrewshire Council - yes, the running tracks will be available to use as well. Thanks.

Post - East Renfrewshire Council excellent!

Post - Would be great if Williamwood was also open for public use. Instead of access being blocked off every school holiday.
East Renfrewshire Council Unfortunately this one isn't included because it isn't managed by the Council.

Reply from ERCLT -

ERCLT Business Support < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
20/06/2019 09:41

I refer to your enquiry of 17th June forwarded to me via ERC Customer Services.

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust is responsible for managing and administering out-of-hours usage of all East Renfrewshire Schools on behalf of the Council, as part of our agreement with the Council.

The costs of this are borne by the Trust. Details of the costs of booking schools can be found on our website.

However, the social media thread you refer to relates to outdoor sports facilities (pitches, running tracks) at schools.

Sports pitches in East Renfrewshire are managed by the Environment Department of the Council with the sole exception of Eastwood High School, where Eastwood High School Sports Centre, managed by the Leisure Trust out with school hours, includes the pitch and running track. (Throughout the summer this is the location of the Summer Holiday Programme during the day, and is used by hirers and groups during the evenings.)

I do not know why the correspondent suggests Williamwood is managed by the Leisure Trust as this is not the case.

I now regard this matter closed.

Iain Stewart
Support Services Manager
East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:02:13 +0000
Subject: Full Council Meeting - Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 7:00pm - Council HQ - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45857-full-council-meeting-wednesday-26-june-2019-at-700pm-council-hq#45857 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45857-full-council-meeting-wednesday-26-june-2019-at-700pm-council-hq#45857
Can we expect Eastwood Park Leisure/Shawwood etc decision??]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:41:42 +0000
Subject: Audit and Scrutiny Committee - Meeting on Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 2.00 pm. Council HQ - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45851-audit-and-scrutiny-committee-meeting-on-thursday-20-june-2019-at-200-pm-council-hq#45851 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45851-audit-and-scrutiny-committee-meeting-on-thursday-20-june-2019-at-200-pm-council-hq#45851
A meeting of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be held in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock,

on Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 2.00 pm.

You can read the Agenda/Papers here -

Public Forum Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:51:08 +0000
Subject: Council officials push to weaken freedom of information law - We Must Oppose this Attempt - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45849-council-officials-push-to-weaken-freedom-of-information-law-we-must-oppose-this-attempt#45849 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45849-council-officials-push-to-weaken-freedom-of-information-law-we-must-oppose-this-attempt#45849
If ERC Chief Executive (a member of Solace ?), Officials & Councillors were more open & transparent then they could easily limit their perceived problems.

Published The Ferret On Line - theferret.scot/

Rob Edwards on June 12, 2019

Council officials push to weaken freedom of information law

Senior local authority officials are lobbying to relax freedom of information (FoI) law so that they can increase charges, delay responses and reject more requests as “vexatious”.

Two groups representing council managers have made a submission to a Holyrood committee investigating whether FoI law should be changed.

They say that the costs of responding to FoI requests have been “significantly underestimated” and complain about having to deal with “highly disgruntled individuals”.

Their complaints, however, have been countered by the Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, who strongly defends the current legislation.

Campaigners promise to oppose any attempts to diminish people’s rights to access information.

The Ferret reported on 4 June that 40 journalists had joined together to call for FoI law to be updated, strengthened and expanded.

They accused local authorities, along with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, the NHS, universities and others of delaying, mishandling and refusing FoI requests without good reason.

The new submission is jointly from the Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland (Solar) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace Scotland).

They have written to the Scottish Parliament’s public audit and post-legislative scrutiny committee which is reviewing the 2002 Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FoISA).

The council officials want to make the law more “flexible” and have a “more realistic approach to fees and charging”.

Solar and Solace contended that “the resource implications of FoISA have not been adequately addressed – or indeed, addressed at all”.

The current rules allowing them to charge for requests that cost over £600 to answer are “effectively pointless in practice”, they said.

The cap imposed on the amount that can be charged for staff time – £15 an hour – is “artificially low”, they argued.

The 40 hours of staff time they are obliged to utilise before they can ask requesters to pay “still represents a significant diversion of resources to something which may only be of interest to one individual.”

Council officials urged ministers to make use of their powers under section 12 of FoISA to lump together costs where two or more requests are made by one person to make them easier to refuse.

This was “to address the scenario where councils are on the receiving end of orchestrated campaigns of FoI requests for broadly the same material,” they said.

“We also feel that it would be helpful for authorities to be able to extend the timescale for compliance under FoISA for particularly complex cases, as is currently the case under the Environmental Information Regulations.”

Allowing longer delays would not be “abused”, they claimed.

Authorities occasionally have to deal with highly disgruntled individuals who will pursue any avenue of complaint open to them regardless of the merits of their case.

Solar and Solace suggested that there had been “misuse” of FoI by people who may genuinely have believed they were victims of misconduct.

“A review of the current very high threshold for declaring a request to be vexatious would be welcome,” they argued.

“We are also conscious that authorities occasionally have to deal with highly disgruntled individuals who will pursue any avenue of complaint open to them regardless of the merits of their case, and FoI has created another such route for these individuals, some of whom use FoI as a weapon to punish local authorities for supposed misdeeds.”

What vexatious means is not defined in FoI legislation.

According to the information commissioner, it could include requests which impose a significant burden on public authorities, have no serious purpose or value, are designed to cause disruption or annoyance, or are
manifestly unreasonable or disproportionate.

Council officials accepted that FoI law had “clearly made the public sector more transparent”.

But they insisted that “the resource implications for local authorities in complying with this legislation have been significantly underestimated.”

They added: “No additional resources were made available to implement this legislation so all the resources required to comply have had to be diverted from other front line services.”

Solar and Solace stressed that FoI law had been “broadly positive” in making information more accessible to citizens.

“However, it would perhaps be beneficial to review some elements – particularly where there have been unintended, or at least unforeseen, consequences,” a spokesperson for both groups told The Ferret.

“For example, the resource implications of FoISA remain a challenge for local authorities, particularly in relation to vexatious requests.

A degree of flexibility in the timescales for dealing with the most complex cases could potentially benefit both public bodies and requestors.”

But the information commissioner, Fitzhenry, pointed out that public expectations had changed and they now expected more information to be released.

“It is important that this is recognised and supported,” he said.

“FoI should be viewed as being a key service to the public, and while there is a cost associated with this, it must be balanced against the benefits that FoI brings, to the public, requesters, and the authorities themselves. 

It is therefore important that authorities do provide appropriate resource and look at their procedures to make sure they are efficient as well as effective.”

He called on councils to adopt “a more open culture” by pro-actively publishing information of public interest.

According to Fitzhenry, the £600 charging limit “strikes the right balance between ensuring authorities do not have to spend inordinate amounts of time complying with FoI requests, and not preventing requesters from accessing information.”

He rejected the idea of delaying responses.

“We think that the current system with an emphasis on a prompt response and an upper time limit of 20 working days is a system that provides a workable balance,” he told The Ferret.

To allow authorities to refuse a request on the basis that it is not sufficiently serious would be a major retrograde step.

He also warned against making it easier to refuse requests as vexatious.

“We have cautioned against the suggestion that some requests, despite not being vexatious are, by virtue of their subject matter, unworthy requests,” he said.

“To allow authorities to refuse a request on the basis that it is not sufficiently serious would be a major retrograde step, allowing authorities to go back to a position of deciding what the public should see, rather than what they want to see.”

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland pointed out that governments get “nervous” when people have rights that are backed by law.

“We oppose all attempts to diminish the right of people to enforce transparency and accountability in elected government in Scotland,” said convener, Carole Ewart.

“The focus of the campaign remains on extending and improving the rights regime in Scotland.”

She added: “Within local authorities there needs to be a change in culture and practice so that far more information is pro-actively published and jobs are created to process FoI requests lawfully.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:51:42 +0000
Subject: Cllr David Macdonald - I have joined the Liberal Democrats - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45847-cllr-david-macdonald-i-have-joined-the-liberal-democrats#45847 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45847-cllr-david-macdonald-i-have-joined-the-liberal-democrats#45847
22 hrs ·


I have joined the Liberal Democrats and have now changed from sitting as an Independent to sitting as a Liberal Democrat councillor within East Renfrewshire Council.

The Liberal Democrats are a party that have a proud history of supporting liberalism and social democracy, championing civil liberties, supporting LGBTQI rights, calling for constitutional reform, promoting proportional representation and supporting internationalism. They are the political party that best match my own beliefs and values and I believe now is the perfect time to have become a member of the party and to do all I can to support the party's success at all levels now and in the future both here in East Renfrewshire and throughout the country.

This was a very easy decision for me to make. After stepping back from my own lead candidacy with Change UK and endorsing the Liberal Democrats during the European elections it became clear to me, very quickly, that this next step forward would be a very meaningful and positive one for both myself and the party.

I was elected as an individual with no party. I am still that same individual but now with the addition of being a member of a political party.
I am still fully committed to dealing with local issues only within the council chamber and would emphasise that if my new party is not one you would normally support on national issues, please be assured that I will always do my best to represent each and every one of my constituents to the best of my ability.

I would actively encourage anyone, who has been thinking about joining the Liberal Democrats, to step forward and become part of something really exciting, dynamic and positive. Locally, here in East Renfrewshire, we need to build our membership and are always seeking volunteers to actively campaign for the party.

If you wish to contact me directly about discussing becoming a member then I would be happy to discuss with you personally. The Liberal Democrats are THE party of the centre ground of British politics. If that is the politics you most closely identify with then please be part of what comes next.

Join us!


Cllr. David Macdonald
Scottish Liberal Democrats
East Renfrewshire Council.
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Public Forum Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:13:24 +0000
Subject: Clarkston Library is OPEN MORE - you will be able to get into the library when staff are not there - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45832-clarkston-library-is-open-more-you-will-be-able-to-get-into-the-library-when-staff-are-not-there#45832 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45832-clarkston-library-is-open-more-you-will-be-able-to-get-into-the-library-when-staff-are-not-there#45832

I am delighted to tell you about an exciting new service at Clarkston library starting in June 2019.

We are launching Open More – a pilot project and the first in Scotland to allow customers access to Clarkston library at times when library staff are not present.

Open More will allow us to extend our opening hours to 10pm Monday to Friday and to 6pm on a Saturday while still retaining the same staffed library hours that we currently offer.

Following a short introductory welcome session you will be able to get into the library when staff are not there by presenting your card to the reader at the door and entering your PIN.

Once you are in the library you’ll be able to do most of the things you can normally do such as borrow and return books, use the PCs and WiFi or simply read, browse and study.

We are running introductory and welcome sessions each Monday and Wednesday evening in Clarkston library from 6pm – 8pm for the next 6 weeks.

These short sessions will allow staff to show you how to use the door entry system, how to use the self-service kiosks, how to log onto the PCs and explain a bit more what you can and can’t do when you are in the library.

We’ll tell you what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency and also take you through the steps for making sure you leave before the security alarm is set.

So if you find the current opening hours don’t suit you, or you like the idea of using the library when it is quiet then please book your welcome slot by following this link:


For more information on the Open More pilot visit our website:


Yours sincerely

Scott Simpson
Head of Library & Information Services]]>
Public Forum Mon, 03 Jun 2019 12:17:48 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Meeting - Thursday, 6 June 2019 at 10.00am - Council HQ - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45820-cabinet-meeting-thursday-6-june-2019-at-1000am-council-hq#45820 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45820-cabinet-meeting-thursday-6-june-2019-at-1000am-council-hq#45820
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held in the Council Chamber, East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock

on Thursday, 6 June 2019 at 10.00am.

You can read the agenda/papers here

Public Forum Tue, 28 May 2019 17:09:17 +0000