East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:12:44 +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: Director of Environment - Unfortunately, due to an oversight the re-tendering process was not started on time - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47354-director-of-environment-unfortunately-due-to-an-oversight-the-re-tendering-process-was-not-started-on-time#47354 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47354-director-of-environment-unfortunately-due-to-an-oversight-the-re-tendering-process-was-not-started-on-time#47354
News
People

East Renfrewshire’s maintenance ‘hit squad’ to continue

A ‘hit squad’ tackling fly-tipping and carrying out maintenance in East Renfrewshire is set to continue its work until the end of March despite the contract expiring due to a council oversight.

By Drew Sandelands, Local Democracy Reporter

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 7:52 am

VERG, a third-party contractor, has been managing a scheme in mixed tenure properties – with council houses and private homes – for the council since December 2015.

It oversees close cleaning and painting, garden maintenance and minor repairs.

The contract for the work expired in November 2019 and re-tendering was not started on time.

The process did begin in March last year but was further delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since 2019, the contractor has been allowed to continue running on a monthly basis on the same terms as the expired deal.

Council officers says the contract has provided a “much-needed very high-quality service”.

Councillors will be asked to approve continuing the monthly payments until the end of March when they meet next week.

Continuing the contract between December 2019 and March this year will cost £375,000.

“Unfortunately, due to an oversight the re-tendering process was not started on time,” a council report states.

“When this was recognised and the re-tendering process recommenced just prior to March 2020 it was then further delayed due to staff having to deal with emerging Covid-related issues.”

The ‘Hit Squad’ has been the main element of the contract, with around 10 staff dealing with problems.

However, the contractor also manages services through other private contractors, including garden maintenance, close cleaning, fence painting and replacement and footpath improvements.

During the pandemic, the ‘Hit Squad’ has helped the council deliver food parcels for vulnerable residents, providing bank holiday cover for the environment department, sanitised handrails and door handles at Montgomery Court sheltered housing complex and removed increased fly-tipping.

“To have suspended this service due to the tendering/contract issue would have create health and safety risks for residents,” the council believes.

A re-tendering exercise for a new contract, which will begin in March this year, has started.

An online contracts register is being developed to ensure “a single source of accurate information” following the oversight.

“The system will include alert functionality for contract end dates ensuring sufficient time for officers to prepare for retendering activity,” the council report states.



You can read the director of Environment Report here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/4525/C...m=637463010396900000


The Report will be presented to Cabinet Meeting on 28 January at 10am.

You can read more on the Cabinet Meeting on the Council website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-280121]]>
Public Forum Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:32:25 +0000
Subject: Cllr Annette Ireland Launches bid to be Regional SNP MSP - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47346-cllr-annette-ireland-launches-bid-to-be-regional-snp-msp#47346 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47346-cllr-annette-ireland-launches-bid-to-be-regional-snp-msp#47346
Annette Ireland SNP For The West of Scotland
15 January at 10:06

I have decided to submit my name to our Scottish National Party (SNP) National Secretary confirming that I would like to stand for the West of Scotland Regional List in our upcoming Scottish Parliamentary election.

It would be such an incredible privilege to represent our region at Holyrood.

I have a proven track record of delivering and have the determination, ability, strength of character and experience to win in this upcoming election and make a difference here in the West of Scotland.

I would very much appreciate the support of SNP members across our Region and I am seeking your help in achieving this, firstly in receiving your nomination and then by voting for me as either your first or second choice as candidate on your ballot.

I am asking that you vote for me as your choice for the West of Scotland to fight not only for a fairer Scotland but an independent one.

Please share this post so I can reach as many West of Scotland SNP members as possible.

Thank you, Annette

(NOTE:
This topic is for information only as Cllr Ireland is a Local ward 4 Councillor.

I am not a member of any political party or group or any other organisation, but a voter with no particular political party allegiance.

I will not be voting in any SNP or other Party events to nominate MSPs.

I have no interest on who the SNP Party or other parties pick
(until they stand for election and want my vote)).]]>
Public Forum Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:11:30 +0000
Subject: NOTICE OF BALLOT - PROPOSED RENEWAL OF BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT(BID) FOR CLARKSTON - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47339-notice-of-ballot-proposed-renewal-of-business-improvement-districtbid-for-clarkston#47339 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47339-notice-of-ballot-proposed-renewal-of-business-improvement-districtbid-for-clarkston#47339

PLANNING etc (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2007

NOTICE OF BALLOT

PROPOSED RENEWAL OF BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR CLARKSTON

This is to give notice that a ballot is to be held on the proposal of I Love Clarkston to renew the Business Improvement District (BID) for Clarkston.

The ballot will be conducted entirely by post on behalf of Lorraine McMillan, Returning Officer, East Renfrewshire Council, by the independent scrutineer, Civica Election Services (CES) of 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW.

Ballot papers will be sent to those eligible to vote by no later than Thursday 4 February 2021 for return to them by no later than 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021(the “day of the ballot”).

Who can vote in the BID ballot?

Persons eligible to vote in the ballot will be the non-domestic ratepayer listed on the Council’s database for each hereditament (business premise) situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID as at the date of this Notice.

Each person entitled to vote in this ballot shall have one vote in respect of each hereditament occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the BID.

Appointment of Proxy

Persons eligible to vote in the BID ballot may appoint someone else to vote on their behalf (for example, if you are going to be away at the time of the ballot).

Applications to appoint a proxy must be submitted to CES at the above address no later than 5pm on Monday 8 March 2021.

An application for the appointment of a proxy must be made in writing and:

(a)state the full name and address of the person whom the person entitled to vote (the applicant) wishes to appoint as a proxy;

(b)state the address of the applicant’s property or properties;

(c)be signed by the applicant; and

(d)contain a statement by the applicant that the proxy so named has been consulted and is capable and willing to be appointed.

Alternatively you can arrange for the ballot paper to be sent to someone else within your business/organisation so long as that person is located at either the address of the relevant property itself within the BID area, or at your principal place of business.

You can do this by writing to CES at the address above with the name and address of the person to whom the ballot paper should be sent with details of their position in your business/organisation.

A proxy appointment may be cancelled by notifying CES at the above address no later than Saturday 13 March 2021.

Lost Ballot Papers

If a ballot paper has not been received by Tuesday 9 March 2021 you may apply in writing to CES (address below), for a replacement paper by supplying one of the following:

a) a letter in hardcopy form along with the appropriate “evidence of identity”

b) a scan of both the letter and the “evidence of identity” attached to an email

c) a fax copy of both the letter and the “evidence of identity”

The letter should be addressed to The Independent Scrutineer, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

Alternatively, you can email a scanned copy of the letter to

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The letter must be signed by the Eligible Voter and evidence of the voter’s identity must be provided in the form of one of the following:

a) Signed letterhead for the appropriate company

b) A signed photocopy of the National Non-Domestic Rating Bill for the hereditament

c) A signed photocopy of an item of personal ID such as a Passport or Driving Licence

Please do not send original ID or bills

Spoilt Ballot Papers

If you inadvertently spoil your ballot paper in such a manner that it cannot be conveniently used as a ballot paper, please return in to CES.

On receipt of the spoilt paper CES will issue a replacement.

Replacements for spoilt ballot papers can be issued up to 5pm on Wednesday 17 March 2021 (the day prior to the day of the ballot).

Count of Ballot Papers

Ballot papers will be counted on Friday 19 March 2021 and the result of the ballot will be announced as soon as possible thereafter.

Rejected Ballot Papers

If a ballot paper is duplicated and two are returned bearing the same number or barcode both will be void and not counted.

Any ballot papers that are returned unsigned, unmarked or that are void for uncertainty will also be void and not counted.

Declaring the result

The ballot holder shall certify:

a) the total number of votes cast in the ballot excluding any votes given on ballot papers rejected under the conditions above;

b) the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voted in the ballot;

c) the total number of votes cast in favour of the question asked in the ballot;

d) the total number of votes cast against the question asked in the ballot;

e) the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted in favour of the question asked;

f) the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted against the question asked.

For a BID ballot to be successful:

a) the number of votes cast in favour of the question asked must exceed the number of votes against the question asked

b) the aggregate of the rateable values of the premises in respect of votes in favour of the question asked exceed the aggregate of the rateable values of the premises in respect of votes against the question asked

c) the ballot turnout must be at least 25% of the total number of people eligible to vote

d) the aggregate of the rateable values of the premises heritages in respect of votes for the question asked plus the aggregate of the rateable values of the premises heritages in respect of votes against the question asked is equal to at least 25% of the aggregate of the rateable values of all premises in respect of which a person is entitled to vote in the ballot.

Further Information

The BID arrangements and proposals are described in detail in the BID business plan.

This will be issued to you along with your ballot paper.

In the meantime if you require further information on the BID contact Andy Dunlop, BID Renewal Manager| 07773 557203

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For further information on the ballot contact Civica Election Services at 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW Tel No.020 8365 8909.

A copy of this notice has been sent to Scottish Ministers.

Lorraine McMillan
Returning Officer
East Renfrewshire Council
Eastwood Park
Giffnock
G46 6UG14
January 2021


You can read details of all BIDs on Council website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/bids]]>
Public Forum Sat, 16 Jan 2021 12:29:47 +0000
Subject: Committee Meetings - Licensing(19th), Local Review Body(20th), Education and Audit & Scrutiny(21st), Cabinet(28th) - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47333-committee-meetings-licensing19th-local-review-body20th-education-and-audit-a-scrutiny21st-cabinet28th?limit=6&start=6#47333 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47333-committee-meetings-licensing19th-local-review-body20th-education-and-audit-a-scrutiny21st-cabinet28th?limit=6&start=6#47333 Public Forum Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:38:29 +0000 Subject: Cllr David MacDonald - Things that hold a local authority back from progressing forward and providing statutory provision to 100% efficiency - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47332-cllr-david-macdonald-things-that-hold-a-local-authority-back-from-progressing-forward-and-providing-statutory-provision-to-100-efficiency#47332 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47332-cllr-david-macdonald-things-that-hold-a-local-authority-back-from-progressing-forward-and-providing-statutory-provision-to-100-efficiency#47332
Cllr David MacDonald has posted on their facebook page -

Cllr David Macdonald - An Independent voice for people
3 hrs ·

Things that hold a local authority back from progressing forward and providing statutory provision to 100% efficiency.

In no partucular order.

1) political parties

2) "we know best" culture / stubbornness / boneheadedness

3) Fag breakers / mug holders/ clock watchers

4) highly overpaid department heads/ chief executives with gold plated pension packages.

5) decision makers with absolutely no tangible vision.

6) councillors who act more like cheerleaders than those who are supposed to scrutinise, evaluate and hold to account the decisions of the local authority.

7) monetary waste on stupid expenditure like £250,000 on virtual reality headsets, generous "voluntary retirement (whatever that is?) packages and questionable sales of council owned land selling for well below market value.

8) constant hiring of private contractors to undertake" feasibility studies" rather than undertaking the work within the council.

9) having a work culture within the council where habitual poor performers are not demoted or let go but rather moved sideways to different departments.

10) The council department heads never challenging poor working practices but rather ignoring it and settling for the status quo.

Councils have become a safe haven for many who do the bare minimum, seek the absolute maximum and are protected by one another when questioned about it.

An effective stable for shire horses rather than a starting gate of pedigree racehorses hungry to succeed.

People better prepare themselves for the future regarding councils and the work they do.

Covid 19 is going to become the ubiquitous excuse nationwide for why things never get done, never got done, never can be done and never will be done.

The only way you will ever have a chance of getting a council that performs well is if you elect individuals who have 0 party affiliation and who are never afraid of saying what needs to be said and holding the council to account for it's shortcomings.

If people continue to vote tribally at council elections for party candidates then it will enable the councils to continue in offering a mediocre service provision because they will NEVER be held to account properly.

I am hopeful that come the next election we will have as many independent candidates as possible to run for council seats.

The council needs to be in control of individuals who only have the best interests of people in mind and not those who care about party policy first.

I hope that during my almost 4 years in the job I have been seen to use my privileged position for the benefit of people in my ward.

To make them more aware of the underlying issues at a council and to highlight what must happen in order to effect must needed change.

At election time.

You only get what you vote for.

Comments

- You are correct, covid 19 will be no1 reason ,but that should not stop the basics being delivered,roads terrible before covid ,health and social in places terrible before covid, expenditure not always for the whole area, little benefit as example given.
These elections will matter ,question is will people vote or have they just had enough of the lies.

- Good post David. Lot of truths in there

- I feel the councillor will do their best work if they actually live in the area and their children, if they have any, attend the local schools. Too many councillors using their seat as a stepping stone in their political career, with no real interest in the area or its residents!

- Yes, that's my point.

-Author
Cllr David Macdonald - An Independent voice for people
No worries or disagreements there. I live in the ward and my kids attend a primary school in the ward.

- MPs used to have clout it must be very difficult continually banging your head off a brick wall of Cronyism ! It seems now though that ERC management are a law unto themselves

- Excellent post and very true]]>
Public Forum Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:29:09 +0000
Subject: Councils call for extra £1.5bn and 'no cap' on council tax - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47313#47313 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47313#47313
12/1/2021

News

1 hr ago

Councils call for extra £1.5bn and 'no cap' on council tax

By David Bol @mrdavidbol Political Correspondent


SCOTTISH local authorities have warned communities face “further cuts to services” without almost £1.5 billion of extra revenue funding – amid a call for there to be no cap on raising council tax.

Cosla, the umbrella organisation for Scottish councils, has called for the Scottish Government to fully fund all of its own commitments placed on local authorities, such as expanded childcare provision, as well as mitigate the impacts of the pandemic...............]]>
Public Forum Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:36:34 +0000
Subject: Will Labour Party Councillors support their Leader and vote against the planned Council Tax hike increase in the upcoming Council Budget? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47309-will-labour-party-councillors-support-their-leader-and-vote-against-the-planned-council-tax-hike-increase-in-the-upcoming-council-budget#47309 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47309-will-labour-party-councillors-support-their-leader-and-vote-against-the-planned-council-tax-hike-increase-in-the-upcoming-council-budget#47309 Cllr Danny Devlin 'Labour'
Cllr Paul O'Kane
Cllr Jim Fletcher
Cllr Alan Lafferty


Will the above Labour Councillors be supporting this Labour Party Policy 'to scrap planned council tax hike' and therefore be voting against the planned Council Tax hike increase in the upcoming Council Budget?

Presume as Sir Keir Starmer is Leader of the Labour Party that this is a well thought out policy and the vision and logic behind this policy 'to scrap planned council tax hike' can be applied to the whole of the UK.


'Sir Keir Starmer has declared Labour will become "the party of the family", as he calls on the Government to scrap an inflation busting rise in council tax in April which will hit household budgets....'
News

National

9th January
Struggling families must be protected from ‘absurd’ council tax rises – Starmer
By Press Association 2020


Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has urged the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to guard pandemic-hit family budgets by protecting them from “absurd” council tax rises this spring.

During his Spending Review in November, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that local authorities will be able to levy an extra 5% onto council tax bills in 2021-22, with 3% of that used to top-up creaking adult social care budgets.

The Treasury chief’s decision came in the face of record public borrowing to support the country through the damaging economic impact of coronavirus restrictions, which included paying a portion of the wages of millions of people who could not work during the epidemic.


But Sir Keir said families had suffered enough during the Covid-19 crisis and urged the Cabinet’s two most senior figures to step in with extra funding for councils to spare households having to tighten their purse strings further following a tough 2020.

Labour analysis suggests that a combined 5% council tax and social care levy rise for those living in a band D property would see bills hiked by an average of £90 in April.

In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, the Opposition leader said: “It is absurd that during the deepest recession in 300 years, at the very time millions are worried about the future of their jobs and how they will make ends meet, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are forcing local government to hike up council tax.
“The Prime Minister said he would do ‘whatever is necessary’ to support local authorities in providing vital services – he needs to make good on that promise.


“That’s why I’m saying to Boris Johnson: give councils the support you promised and then give families the security they need by dropping your tax increase.”


“The importance of family hasn’t been talked about enough during this crisis,” he said.

“In the last decade – and during this pandemic in particular – families have too often been let down or forgotten.

“What about those who are having to juggle childcare commitments with working from home?

“Or the generation of young people pulled out of the classroom without a plan for their education? Or the unforgivable way those living in care homes have been treated over the last year? All of them deserve far more from a Government that too often treats families as an afterthought.


“I want this to change. Under my leadership, Labour will be the party of the family. That starts with helping families through the current lockdown and protecting family budgets.”

Addressing the current pandemic situation after recorded coronavirus deaths in the UK passed the 80,000 mark on Saturday, Sir Keir said fully vaccinating the country was “our way out of this nightmare”.

In a pointed message to ministers, who have targeted inoculating almost 14 million people by mid-February, he added: “We don’t need any more over-promising and under-delivering, or money being wasted on contracts that don’t deliver.

“We need competent, decisive and effective leadership that can get Britain vaccinated.

“The weeks and months ahead are going to be difficult – perhaps the hardest of all. But, we will get through it. When we do, we can build a better future.”]]>
Public Forum Sun, 10 Jan 2021 10:07:36 +0000
Subject: Cancelled - Planning Applications Committee 20 January 2021 - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47304-cancelled-planning-applications-committee-20-january-2021#47304 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47304-cancelled-planning-applications-committee-20-january-2021#47304
The meeting of the Planning Applications Committee scheduled to be held on Wednesday 20 January 2021 has been cancelled.

Link to Council Webpage -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/planning-app...ons-committee-200121]]>
Public Forum Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:51:10 +0000
Subject: Current Ice Problems - Cllrs Ireland and MacDonald Comment - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47283-current-ice-problems-cllrs-ireland-and-macdonald-comment?limit=6&start=6#47283 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47283-current-ice-problems-cllrs-ireland-and-macdonald-comment?limit=6&start=6#47283
4/1/2021

Cllr Annette Ireland
17 hrs ·

❄️Mary Young Place and Linnpark Avenue❄️

Please be careful, It’s very icy out there today.

A huge thank you to the man who was out helping to grit all his mums paths at Mary Young Place today and a big thank you to my husband, Brian, for helping as well.

We managed to get a lot of the paths gritted today.

I have emailed Cllr Macdonald directly and have asked him to put grit/salt in his bin to ensure this remains topped up, as he had previously promised.

We also tackled Linnpark Avenue on the paths towards the sheltered housing.

I’ve contacted our Environment Department and have asked that the grit bins be refilled as soon as possible.

If you are looking for salt the bin at Netherlee Pavilion has some, as does the council grit bin beside Duff Memorial Hall.

Some subsequent posts -

Cllr David Macdonald - An Independent voice for people
Good evening Annette, Well done to all three of you for your collaborative efforts. I took a trip around a lot of the grit bins including the one that serves the car park and the one that was donated by a local businessman two years ago that sits in the car park at Mary Young Place. He was very kind to continuously keep this topped up but I should highlight that this bin is not owned by myself. I will, of course, endeavour to see what donations of grit can be sourced for it as I know how important it is for the people of this particular part of Busby to be taken care of. Leave that with me and I will see what I can come up with.

Cllr Annette Ireland
Author
Cllr Annette Ireland Cllr David Macdonald - An Independent voice for people That’s great that you will look to fill this bin up. I was definitely under the impression that you had said previously that you would always keep this filled and would grit this area. I understand you bought two grit spreaders specifically to carry this out, but as I say that’s great you’ll look into it. In the meantime I’ll keep checking the area.
14h

Other posts -

- The gritters in field grove would be of help as we have elderly not able to get out of their houses without the high possibility of injury !,

- It’s great that individuals are doing their best to help with the issues caused by ice. However, ERC needs to start taking more responsibility for this and stop hiding behind its “priority routes” mantra. The Oval hasn’t been gritted at all during this recent cold spell. The pavements and road is treacherous. There are elderly residents at risk of serious injury. The last thing the NHS needs at the moment is more strain from injuries which are entirely preventable.

- Don't know about the grit bins,can't even step out the door (ER)as the place is like an ice rink. Hubby just after major surgery couldn't even take him out in his wheelchair as it's lethal and I'm not fit enough to carry grit from a bin.Scandslous !!! Makes you wonder why we pay council tax]]>
Public Forum Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:51:15 +0000
Subject: No car zone - Giffnock Main Street - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47262-no-car-zone-giffnock-main-street#47262 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47262-no-car-zone-giffnock-main-street#47262
Reduction in East Ren road size for motorists

Editor’s note: Many of you have written to us on this subject. Space prevents us from publishing them all, unfortunately. We have selected one with our response which can be viewed on our BN Facebook page. This, from resident A, is published unredacted with our great thanks. Good job Citizen A.

Warning: Many of you will be shocked at these details. Please note, ERC held no public consultation and although it is funded by Sustrans, that organisation is 100% funded by public tax monies, so it is still YOUR money that is funding this nonsense. One last point to ponder before we let Citizen A rip: many of us clearly remember part of the front gardens of the houses on Ayr Rd. were compulsory purchased to widen Ayr Rd. from two to 4 lanes.

‘In true East Renfrewshire Council style, nine months after a pandemic is declared and new words such as ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’ enter the lexicon, they belatedly declare Fenwick and Ayr Roads no longer safe for purpose. Enter stage left, the clipboard and hi-vis brigade. It is panto season after all.

I’m sure you’ve read the stories about Glasgow and Edinburgh City Centres – note, once bustling with people city centres, not suburbs – and ludicrous decisions since reversed such as depositing a disabled parking bay in the middle of a road to make way of the new king of the road – the bike.

To be fair to those authorities, everyone approached Coronavirus with a degree of panic in the beginning as we didn’t know what we were up against. We were still learning how it spread, and how it was mitigated, so you could forgive those authorities for initially overreacting to create space for people to pass whilst maintaining 2 meters distance.

But our very own ERC have decided now is the time to take action. The public sector financial year end beckons, and as those readers with any sort of insight into how these things work will understand, if you don’t spend it, you lose it. The idea of footering about with two main thoroughfares with another body (SUSTRANS) picking up the bill was simply too much for the Administration to let pass them by.

The author of this comment has been in contact with the administrators of a popular local community Facebook page. The unsuspecting locals who were stunned by the appearance of an entire lane-wide cycle lane on Fenwick road with physical cones, those who witnessed a blue-light ambulance (during a pandemic) stuck behind cars with nowhere to go, as the empty cycle lane was physically separated, and the disappearance of car parking spaces at a time we are being told to stay and shop local, created the largest point of discussion the Page has ever seen. By some margin.

Your author has looked at the plans for the remainder of the ‘Spaces for People’ proposals and you may be stunned by what’s to come, if you haven’t looked yourself.

All car parking spaces outside the shops on Fenwick Road are to go – to be turned into extended pavements, despite the that pavement won’t get any busier than outside the butchers on the run up to Hogmanay, and apparently, it’s been safe before now.

The parking on Park Road, opposite the Orchard Park Bar & Grill, is to be scrapped too.

As for on-street parking for those lacking driveways, lacking sufficient space in their driveways, or heaven forbid, look forward to welcoming visitors once this wretched pandemic is over, you can forget it.

Now, there will invariably be some organised, militant and outspoken critics reading this. The pro-cycling lobby - not the people who are keen enthusiasts for cycling as a hobby, many of whom drive themselves to get from A to B - but the minority of people who lead a lifestyle where pedal power suits them better than motorised travel.

But for the rest of us, we generally associate labour-saving machines as an advancement which enriches our lives, makes them easier at a time when life is getting harder, as indeed the majority of the developing world who are scrapping their bikes for cars, such as in China where car sales growth rates are in the double digits.[1]

Reader, your author doesn’t have anything against bikes. The cycle lane on Ayr Road has been perfectly acceptable. And where people need to stop to make a delivery, in event of a breakdown, or for a few hours to check in on an elderly friend or relative perhaps, the pavement is free to park. That means a minor inconvenience to other road users in terms of overtaking the parked vehicle, which for some unknown reason, is completely untenable to cyclists.

What is patently clear to anyone beyond those who blindly support what our Authority does because they have a party-political allegiance to the parties who currently control it, is that these road measures are not about the pandemic. Not now, not nine months down the line. It was around six months ago they coned off a small section of Clarkston Road at Stamperland approaching the Toll – as a local walker myself, a very sensible innovation to ensure both sides of the road are walkable – there are sufficient other spaces for parking.

It is very clear this is about ERC ramming through some deeply unpopular measures such as cutting the speed limit on Ayr Road from 40 mph to 30 mph, despite the purported cones affording cyclists more safety than a painted line, they feel need to cut the speed limit too?

If ERC had to seek a democratic mandate to remove car parking spaces outside your home, you’re your elderly parent’s home, or from popular local traders such as Pane e Vino, the OP, Sainsbury’s Local, Valentini’s and Catch at a time when public health measures and the Scottish Government’s coronavirus strategic framework (tier 3, 4, et. al.) have devastated their business, you know fine well how they would finish up.

So instead this vandalism of our road space is here for 18 months under emergency powers related to the Coronavirus pandemic – nine months on from its onset.

ERC claims it is making ‘Spaces for People’ – except for the majority of local people who drive cars, it seems.

We are up against a minority who have paid lobbyists, campaigners, and as seen by their presence on social media, don’t mince their words when it comes to disagreeing with people.

Don’t get mad – get even, and make sure your comments are reported direct to East Renfrewshire Council on the official response platform: erspacesforpeople.commonplace.is/overview

And if this doesn’t work, you know what you’ve got to do in ’22. Get them out. Make ‘spaces for people’ who respect democracy, respect our opinions, and respect our community.

Extract from AECOM’s ‘Green Transport Recovery’ plan, dated June 2020, being implemented now.]]>
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Cllr David Macdonald - An Independent voice for people
22 December at 15:00 ·

Every constituency deserves an Independent choice on the ballot. 🙂

It is with a great sense of honour and privilege to formally announce my independent candidacy for election to become your MSP for the Eastwood constituency.

We have just under 5 months until Eastwood residents vote for who they want to represent them in the 6th Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

I will always seek to represent you all to the best of my ability and being an Independent you will be guaranteed that I will never serve the interests of a political party.

No matter what your political leanings I will always seek to serve your best interests at all times as constituents of this wonderful area of Eastwood.

To my fellow candidates who have formally been announced,

Katie Pragnell for The Scottish Labour Party,

Jackson Carlaw MSP for The Scottish Conservatives and

my colleague at ERC, Cllr. Colm Merrick for the Scottish National Party,

I wish you all the best of luck with your respective campaigns and look forward to competing with all of you before the people of Eastwood decide a winner.]]>
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