East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:57:23 +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: Cabinet Committee Meeting(Virtual) - Thursday 4 March 2021 at 10.00am - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47474-cabinet-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-4-march-2021-at-1000am#47474 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47474-cabinet-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-4-march-2021-at-1000am#47474 Deputy Chief Executive: Caroline Innes BSc (Hons)
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date:19 February 2021
When calling please ask for: Paul O’Neil (Tel. No 0141-577-3011)
e-mail: paul.o’ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Councillors T Buchanan (Chair); C Bamforth; D Devlin; A Lafferty; C Merrick; and P O’Kane.

A meeting of the Cabinet will be held on

Thursday 4 March 2021 at 10.00am.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Caroline Innes

1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of Interest.

3.Charging for Services 2021/22: Licensing - Report by Chief Officer – Legal &Procurement (copy attached, pages 3 - 8).

4.Debt Management for Non-Domestic Rates, Sundry Debt Income, Housing Benefit Overpayments and Council Tax Reduction Adjustment - Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 9 - 14).

5.Estimated Revenue Budget Outturn 2020/21 as at 31 December 2020 – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 15 - 52).

6.General Fund Capital Programme 2020/21: Progress – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 53 - 80).

7.Housing Capital Programme 2020/21: Progress – Joint Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer) and Director of Environment (copyattached, pages 81 - 88).

8.Trading Under Best Value – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer) (copy attached, pages 89 - 100).

9.Authorisation to Sign Leases on behalf of the Council for the let of houses –Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 101 - 104).

10.Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan Update – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 105 - 110).

11.Crookfur Playing Fields: Lease by St Cadoc’s Youth Club – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 111 - 118).

12.Proposals for Charges for Non-Statutory Planning Services – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 119 - 124).

13.Write-Off of Irrecoverable Former Tenant Rents and Court Expenses – Reportby Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 125 - 128).

You can read full details on Council Website here -


You can read papers here -

Public Forum Sat, 20 Feb 2021 09:41:43 +0000
Subject: New Eastwood Park Leisure Centre now estimated to cost £55 million - but as with other recent project overspends..... is bound to cost more ? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47470#47470 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47470#47470 25 February 2021
Report by Director of Environment

Para 14 -

14. The overall development cost including all professional and planning fees, surveys, allowances for fixtures and fittings appropriate to a sports/leisure centre of this scale, contract inflation (assuming building of the structure starts in the first quarter of 2022), appropriate contingencies, demolition and site clearance, the construction of the theatre and any other associated external works

is estimated to be £55 million.

This is a maximum cost predicted at this early stage.

You can read the report here -

Public Forum Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:45:14 +0000
Subject: Full Council Meeting(VIRTUAL) - Thursday 25 February 2021 at 10.00 am - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47469-full-council-meetingvirtual-thursday-25-february-2021-at-1000-am#47469 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47469-full-council-meetingvirtual-thursday-25-february-2021-at-1000-am#47469 Deputy Chief Executive: Caroline Innes BSc (Hons)
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date:19 February 2021
When calling please ask for: Eamonn Daly (0141-577-3023)
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Provost Fletcher; Deputy Provost Cunningham; and Councillors Aitken, Bamforth, Buchanan, Convery, Devlin, Gilbert, Grant, Ireland, Lafferty, Macdonald, McLean, Merrick, Miller, O’Kane, Swift and Wallace.


A meeting of the East Renfrewshire Council will be held on

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 10.00 am.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Yours faithfully
Caroline Innes

You can read all the details on the Council Website here -


You can read the notice/agenda here -


You can read papers here -

Public Forum Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:14:06 +0000
Subject: Costs for project to improve Balgraystone Road soar by nearly £1.5m - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47467#47467 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47467#47467 By Drew Sandelands
Local Democracy Reporter

COSTS for a project to improve Balgraystone Road almost doubled due to extra work and contract “failures” – soaring by nearly £1.5million.

The road, opposite St Luke’s High School, was upgraded to open up opportunities for more housing in Barrhead.

Originally, the contract was priced at £1.77m but final costs reached £3.24m.

This was due to “compensation events” – included in the contract – and additional work to add “massive” benefits.

Funded as part of the City Deal, the project also aimed to provide better access to Dams to Darnley Country Park and a planned new railway station at Barrhead.

East Renfrewshire’s environment director Andy Cahill said workers took the opportunity while on site to “add betterment to the project” and “resolve some existing issues,” which totalled £670,000.

The work was not approved by the council’s cabinet before going ahead.

Mr Cahill said: “Although these additional works have resulted in increased costs, the benefits have been massive.

“If I’d left that and came back at a later date and asked for these works to be carried out, obviously the contractor has left the site.

“You have to relet a new contract, which would have involved extra time and extra costs.”

Additional work included raised pedestrian crossings, a 3.5m-wide active travel link from Dams to Darnley Country Park to Springfield Road, a bus interchange for the proposed railway station, the relocation of a foul waste pumping station to provide space for more council houses and an improved car park at St Luke’s High.

Delays due to Covid-19 and the discovery of “unknown” ground conditions totalled £414,000, while redesigns hit £408,000.

There were savings of around £20,000.

City Deal schemes must use NEC3 engineering and construction contracts, which allow contractors to claim extra time and payment for events which are not their fault.

They are compensated for any impact on prices, the completion date or changes made by the council.

Mr Cahill said: "It’s quite clear to me, and I have to be up front, my staff haven’t necessarily followed contract standing orders and financial regulations.

“However, they have done what they’ve done with the best of intentions.

“I’ve put in training for staff in relation to NEC3 contracts, council standing orders and financial regulations.”

Council leader Tony Buchanan said: “I think we’ve acknowledged there are some failures from the point of view of our understanding of NEC3 contracts and breaches in terms of our council contract standing orders.

“The initial tender was almost half of what the overall cost has been. That said, many of those costs have been for compensation events, which we all know are unforeseen and happen.

“The other aspect, in terms of the betterment, I think we’d all welcome. I don’t doubt we would have approved them.

“The road itself does look fantastic. I know that it will pay dividends moving forward.”

An estimated £2.2m of City Deal funding had been allocated to the project, which had been scheduled to finish in December 2019 but ran until autumn last year.

The “betterment” work will be covered by £200,000 from existing roads and housing budgets and £470,000 from contributions to the council from developers.

A remaining shortfall of £362,000 is set to be covered through adjustments between the Balgraystone Road project and a £10m allocation for the new Barrhead station.

The City Deal will see £38m invested in East Renfrewshire by the Scottish and UK Governments – topped up with a £6m contribution from the council.

Funding was secured through the Glasgow City Region, made up of eight neighbouring councils.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 17 Feb 2021 21:17:14 +0000
Subject: Audit and Scrutiny Committee Meeting(Virtual) - Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 2.00 pm - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47451-audit-and-scrutiny-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-18-february-2021-at-200-pm#47451 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47451-audit-and-scrutiny-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-18-february-2021-at-200-pm#47451 Council Headquarters,
Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3129
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 12 February 2021
When calling please ask for: Linda Hutchison (Tel. No 0141-577-8388)
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TO: Councillors
Stewart Miller (Chair), Barbara Grant (Vice-Chair), Angela Convery, Charlie Gilbert, Annette Ireland, Jim McLean and Jim Swift.

A meeting of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be held on

Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 2.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.


1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of interest.

3.Chair’s Report.

4.Internal Audit Plan 2020/21 – Implementation Progress October to December2020 and Revised Annual Audit Plan – Report by Chief Auditor (copy attached,pages 3 - 14).

You can view meeting details on Council website here -


You can read meeting papers here -

Public Forum Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:50:34 +0000
Subject: Cllr Lafferty having a snooze - Another thoroughly riviting and exciting meeting -? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47445-cllr-lafferty-having-a-snooze-another-thoroughly-riviting-and-exciting-meeting-#47445 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47445-cllr-lafferty-having-a-snooze-another-thoroughly-riviting-and-exciting-meeting-#47445
You can view recording of meeting on Council Website here -


Meeting Recording

The recording of this meeting can be viewed on the Council's YouTube channel]]>
Public Forum Fri, 12 Feb 2021 18:54:10 +0000
Subject: Licensing Committee Meeting - 16 February 2021 - Cancelled - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47438-licensing-committee-meeting-16-february-2021-cancelled#47438 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47438-licensing-committee-meeting-16-february-2021-cancelled#47438
The Licensing Committee scheduled to be held on Tuesday 16 February has been cancelled.

No reasons given.

You can find the notice on the Council Website here -

Public Forum Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:50:57 +0000
Subject: Questions raised re Cllr Ireland's comments at the Planning Committee Meeting. - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47435-questions-raised-re-cllr-irelands-comments-at-the-planning-committee-meeting#47435 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47435-questions-raised-re-cllr-irelands-comments-at-the-planning-committee-meeting#47435 Cllr Ireland

More to follow]]>
Public Forum Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:30:39 +0000
Subject: Cllr Miller dismisses planning application before it is submitted - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47432-cllr-miller-dismisses-planning-application-before-it-is-submitted#47432 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47432-cllr-miller-dismisses-planning-application-before-it-is-submitted#47432
"I am told, only in the last 20 minutes, that the unit at 37 Busby Road has been sold yet again and there will be a planning application to knock it down and build shops".

"Which I thought was pretty pointless."

Stewart Miller Independent Cllr]]>
Public Forum Wed, 10 Feb 2021 23:42:38 +0000
Subject: Environmental campaigners have called on East Renfrewshire Council to stop investing staff’s pension contributions in oil and gas companies - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47419-environmental-campaigners-have-called-on-east-renfrewshire-council-to-stop-investing-staffs-pension-contributions-in-oil-and-gas-companies#47419 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47419-environmental-campaigners-have-called-on-east-renfrewshire-council-to-stop-investing-staffs-pension-contributions-in-oil-and-gas-companies#47419
Published Barrhead News On Line -


4 hrs ago

East Renfrewshire Council chiefs urged to act over pension contributions

By Norman Silvester Reporter

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have called on East Renfrewshire Council to stop investing staff’s pension contributions in oil and gas companies.

The Scottish Greens claim £194million has been wiped off the value of the retirement savings of Scottish council workers since 2017 as a result of fossil fuel investments.

The party said the Strathclyde Pension Fund (SPF), which administers contributions from East Renfrewshire Council staff, has lost £46m in the last three years through it’s petroleum stakes.

Ross Greer, who represents West of Scotland for the party, added: “Strathclyde Pension Fund needs to divest its stake in fossil fuels like oil and gas.

“I hope East Renfrewshire Council will use its influence over the fund to make this happen.

“Workers’ pensions are increasingly being put at risk by these bad investments.

“This money could instead be invested in building warm and affordable housing, like is normal for European pension funds, or in renewable energy, as other UK funds have done.

“Both of these sectors guarantee stable financial returns for decades – exactly what you want for a pension fund.”

The Scottish Greens say East Renfrewshire Council workers and others have lost an average of £626 each since 2017 through SPF investments in the oil and gas industry.

Sally Clark, of Divest Strathclyde, which campaigns for fossil-free local government pensions, said: “We have repeatedly presented the Strathclyde Pension Fund with evidence demonstrating the dangers of continued fossil fuel investments and the need to rapidly decarbonise the fund.”

Green campaigners at Platform, which carried out the pension research, said 10 local government funds in Scotland saw investments in oil companies collapse between April 2017 and November 2020.

However, East Renfrewshire Council said it regularly receives assurances on how pension contributions made by staff are being invested.

A spokesman told the Barrhead News: “The Strathclyde Pensions Fund Committee is in place to ensure good governance of the fund, whilst a separate board provides employers and trade s with the opportunity to input into the decisions made.

“This strategic oversight of the fund, including an ongoing risk register and quarterly responsible investment report, provides the council with the assurances required.”]]>
Public Forum Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:31:28 +0000
Subject: ERC want people to leave home, visit shops and use public transport - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47418-erc-want-people-to-leave-home-visit-shops-and-use-public-transport#47418 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47418-erc-want-people-to-leave-home-visit-shops-and-use-public-transport#47418
They wished the cabinet to approve a scheme called 'Better Points' and to ignore the competitive tendering scheme in force for all Councils in the UK.

Miss McCarney said that the scheme would cost 80k initially, and if successful and taken up further, would cost a total of £100k.

(The paper to cabinet states that it would cost £180k in total.)

This project would be similar to 'Beat the Street' and residents 14 and over would use a phone app.

The objective would be to use sustainable transport to shop local, no private cars.

Shops would be essential to this and they would be encouraged to offer the likes of a free coffee, or a free newspaper for someone using the app in their shop.

The app would register when a member was on a train or a bus and they would get points for that and shopping locally.

When asked when this was intended to commence, the answer was ASAP and it will run until mid March or the start of April.

All of the Cllrs approved this project.

There are problems that we perceive with this.

The Scottish Goverenments 'Stay at Home' policy.

The Scottish Governments 'Do not use public transport' policy.

The meeting can be viewed on the following link and the relevant section commences at 9.01 minutes and ends at 16.04 minutes.

Public Forum Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:09:32 +0000
Subject: Council Committee Meetings - Planning(10 Feb), Local Review Body(10 Feb), Cabinet - Police&Fire(11 Feb) - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47415-council-committee-meetings-planning10-feb-local-review-body10-feb-cabinet-policeafire11-feb?limit=6&start=6#47415 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47415-council-committee-meetings-planning10-feb-local-review-body10-feb-cabinet-policeafire11-feb?limit=6&start=6#47415 Council Headquarters,
Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date:5 February 2021
When calling please ask for:
Eamonn Daly (Tel No. 07584 116619) e-mail:- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A Ireland (Chair), B Cunningham (Vice Chair), A Convery, J Fletcher,J McLean, S Miller and J Swift.

A meeting of the Planning Applications Committee will be held on

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 2.00pm.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Caroline Innes

1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of Interest.

3.Planning Performance Framework 2020 – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 3 - 10).

4.Appeals - Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 11 - 12).

5.Applications for planning permission for consideration by the committee - Reports by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 13 - 88).

You can read details on Council Website here -


You can read meeting papers here -

Public Forum Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:12:32 +0000
Subject: Cllr Annette Ireland - Clarkston Community Council - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47414-cllr-annette-ireland-clarkston-community-council#47414 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47414-cllr-annette-ireland-clarkston-community-council#47414
Cllr Annette Ireland posted on their facebook page -

Cllr Annette Ireland
14 hrs ·

Clarkston Community Council

I attended a very positive Clarkston Community Council's online meeting last night along with Kirsten Oswald MP.

The community council discussed many important local issues including:

The upcoming ballot for the Clarkston Business Improvement District, community safety, roads issues, future plans, volunteering, and a very exciting new planting project in conjunction with the BID (more details to follow).

There were also the regular planning and licencing updates.

If you are interested in getting involved locally the Community Council's Facebook page can be found at:


Rebecca Nicholson‎
CCC - Clarkston Community Council
3 February at 22:42

We held our February meeting online last night, a lively discussion on lots of topics.

Agendas and Minutes (once approved) for all meetings can be found on the Community Council section of the ERC website.

The 6 week ballot opens today for businesses as to whether Clarkston remains as a BID (Business Improvement District) for a further 5 years.

We wish I Love Clarkston all the very best with this, given the great work they do for our area and the exciting future plans they have.

Annette Ireland - Cllr provided updates on actions she took away from our last meeting on Community Safety signage, roads issues, feedback from the Environment Director in relation to contractor costs incurred through the pandemic, the garden waste charging proposal and youth engagement via the high school.

We're very grateful for all these matters bring followed up on our behalf.

Alongside the regular police report, Planning and Licensing updates, we agreed how we'll share the results of our initial community survey, which will drive our future focus.

We also met the local resident that we're supporting in his bid for a hydro-electricity pump at Overlee.

Kirsten Oswald MP offered her support on this which was very welcome.

And two of our members fed back on work they've done around safeguarding for any CCC volunteers.

We were delighted to welcome Councillor Stewart Miller and Jackson Carlaw, who both joined us for the first time, we certainly hope it won't be the last.

Plans are also underway around a planting project - and we await news on the successful bidder at yesterday's closing date for the Station Master's House.

We still have a few spaces for new members, so if you might be interested in being involved, please feel free to message or email us.

There's some decent chat, laughs and it's rewarding being involved and seeing things get actioned.

I can also verify that it's great if you're a wee bit nosey 😁😉 - and in normal times, cake is supplied.. 😊

Clarkston Community Council ERC website -

Public Forum Fri, 05 Feb 2021 08:55:49 +0000
Subject: Covid vaccine Scotland: How many jags in my area? - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47402-covid-vaccine-scotland-how-many-jags-in-my-area#47402 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47402-covid-vaccine-scotland-how-many-jags-in-my-area#47402
By Elle Duffy @ElleDuffy_

Across Scotland, more than 500,000 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

As we reach almost two months since the vaccination first began back in December, more and more people have begun receiving appointment letters for their jags.

Vaccinators have been making their way down the priority list set out by the Joint Commi, and people over the age of 70 will begin to be invited for their appointments from next week.

New data released by Public Health Scotland is allowing us to track the jag progress across Scotland, with figures revealing how many first doses have been administered, as well as telling us the percentage of the population which has been vaccinated.

Na h-Eileanan Siar continues to lead the way in terms of the percentage of its population, marking more than 15%.

In terms of which area has given the most vaccinations, Glasgow City comes out on top, with a total of 35,918 up to January 25.

Check your local authority numbers

As of 8.30am on Friday, January 29, 515,855 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 7,095 have received the second dose.

Of the priority list set out by the JCVI, the initial target of vaccinating 230,000 frontline health and social care workers has been smashed, and the number now sits at 246,803 - 107% of the prior target.

Around 96% of residents in older adult care homes have been given their first dose, with 85% of staff in these particular residences also receiving the vaccine.

More than 170,024 people aged over 80 living in the community have received their first jag, which puts the total at 68% of the target.

Here's a full list of the number of first doses administered in every local authority up to January 25:

Aberdeen City: 17,020

Aberdeenshire: 20,017

Angus: 10,767

Argyll and Bute: 5,532

City of Edinburgh: 22,005

Clackmannanshire: 3,721

Dumfries and Galloway: 14,550

Dundee City: 13,555

East Ayrshire: 6,987

East Dunbartonshire: 8,000

East Lothian: 5,052

East Renfrewshire: 5,953

Falkirk: 10,835

Fife: 18,576

Glasgow City: 35,918

Highland: 12,136

Inverclyde: 5,726

Midlothian: 5,614

Moray: 8,031

Na h-Eileanan Siar: 3,564

North Ayrshire: 6,671

North Lanarkshire: 21,234

Orkney Islands: 2,041

Perth and Kinross: 13,371

Renfrewshire: 11,874

Scottish Borders: 7,731

Shetland Islands: 1,930

South Ayrshire: 6,313

South Lanarkshire: 20,198

Stirling: 6,942

West Dunbartonshire: 5,703

West Lothian: 7,422

Other health boards: 70,280]]>
Public Forum Sun, 31 Jan 2021 14:11:09 +0000
Subject: Residents in a spin over tailbacks in Giffnock caused by controversial cycle lanes - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47396-residents-in-a-spin-over-tailbacks-in-giffnock-caused-by-controversial-cycle-lanes#47396 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47396-residents-in-a-spin-over-tailbacks-in-giffnock-caused-by-controversial-cycle-lanes#47396 By Norman Silvester

MORE than 100 people took part in an online meeting to discuss controversial cycle lanes being introduced by East Renfrewshire Council.

The event was sparked by new lanes on either side of Fenwick Road, in Giffnock, which critics say have created long tailbacks for motorists and decimated takings at local businesses as customers can’t get parked.

However, the initiative has been popular with cyclists, walkers and joggers.
Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw is to meet with council bosses to discuss the concerns raised by residents.

He told the Barrhead News: “The high attendance at the online public meeting demonstrates the level of interest there is on this issue.

“I am not opposed to cycle lanes and, in my view, much greater action actually needs to be taken to introduce more spaces where people are able to enjoy active travel in parts of the constituency.

“On the specific scheme put in place at Fenwick Road, legitimate concerns have been raised and there are real issues with how this has been implemented.

“I have an upcoming meeting arranged with East Renfrewshire Council’s chief executive and one of the major topics for discussion will be the Fenwick Road cycling lanes.

“Amongst the key issues that I will be seeking to raise with the chief executive are the placement of the bollards, parking considerations for local businesses and the width of the cycle lanes.”

Mr Carlaw said he has been give assurances by council bosses that the cycle lane will not go any further into Giffnock.

He added that everyone who took part in last week’s meeting will be told of the outcome of his discussions with the chief executive.

Giffnock resident Michael Tobias, 64, is a supporter of cycle lanes but thinks this project hasn’t been thought through properly.

He said: “The local reaction has been mixed. My main complaint is that the lanes make Fenwick Road look untidy. You feel you are part of continuous roadworks.

“People are having to take detours just to get into their own street.

“There are also going to be tailbacks because there is only one lane in each direction. This in turn could create problems for ambulances and fire engines getting up and down Fenwick Road in an emergency.”

East Renfrewshire Council said the cycle lanes – funded through a grant from the Scottish Government – make it easier for people to exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic while socially distancing.

A spokeswoman added: “A public consultation took place and residents were able to tell us how they wanted us to spend this funding, which resulted in the new cycle route on Fenwick Road.

“These measures have been installed on an initial temporary basis and will be continually reviewed.”]]>
Public Forum Fri, 29 Jan 2021 08:18:14 +0000
Subject: Anger over clearance work at Barrhead's former Nestlé Purina site - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47395#47395 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47395#47395 By Gillian McPherson

CONCERNS have been raised over the “needless” removal of vegetation and a willow arch at a wildflower haven created by the Barrhead community.

London and Scottish Developments are set to transform the former Nestlé Purina site, in the town’s Glasgow Road, into a retail park.

And, as part of a programme of ‘pre-site vegetation removal,’ the firm has blitzed trees and hedges, as well as giving some fully-grown rhododendrons the chop.

It has also cleared the entrance to the Barrhead Water Works, including a well-established willow arch that was installed as part of an effort by more than 1,000 people from different generations and backgrounds to transform the derelict sewage plant into a community-friendly wildflower space several years ago.

Scotland’s first Grow Wild initiative, it was named the Best Environment Project at the National Lottery Awards in 2016.

Ross McKay, who lives nearby, has questioned the decision to clear the area in front of the Water Works, given the effort put in by the community.

He told the Barrhead News: “I had a look at the plans and it seems the area that has been cleared is part of that plan but it is a bit of a shame, given that community groups put that in and it was never actually part of the factory site.

“There is quite a lot of wildlife at the site. I’ve seen a lot of birds and deer and I imagine this will have an impact on them.

“I know there was a planning application put in for a Lidl supermarket on the factory site. I don’t quite know why they had to clear the other bit as well. It seems strange.

“I don’t know why they had to clear the [Water Works] entrance when it’s on the other side of the road.

“The willow arch was really lovely. It seems needless to do this.”

A spokesman for London and Scottish Developments said the clearance of vegetation at the site is being carried out in accordance with planning requirements set by East Renfrewshire Council.

He added: “I can also confirm that, when construction is complete, we will implement a landscaping and planting programme to maintain the perimeter of the site.

“However, I do not have details of any specific plantings.”

The 64,000 square feet development at the old Nestlé Purina site will include a Lidl, a B&M and two drive-thrus, one of which will be a Burger King, as well as a number of smaller retail units.

The £15million retail park was given the green light by planners last year, with construction work scheduled to start this year.

The spokesman said: “With regard to timescales, all we can say at this stage is that the intention is to start work on site this year but that will be subject to the impact of Covid-19 on the commencement of new construction projects.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 28 Jan 2021 17:47:47 +0000
Subject: Coronavirus claims more lives in East Renfrewshire - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47392-coronavirus-claims-more-lives-in-east-renfrewshire#47392 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47392-coronavirus-claims-more-lives-in-east-renfrewshire#47392 By Gillian McPherson

CORONAVIRUS has claimed another four lives in East Renfrewshire, latest figures show.

According to data released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS), the fatalities took place in the week ending January 24 and bring the total death toll in East Renfrewshire since the pandemic began to 187.

The total covers all fatalities registered where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate and, as this includes suspected or probable cases, it differs from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government.

At council level, the highest number of Covid deaths in the week ending January 24 took place in North Lanarkshire, where 48 people passed way, followed by Glasgow at 43 and Fife at 33.

In a message to those who are grieving the deaths of friends and family from coronavirus, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I know that this won't be any consolation to you at all but, nevertheless, I do want you to know that your loss weighs heavily on me and it always will."]]>
Public Forum Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:41:06 +0000
Subject: New affordable homes welcomed for Barrhead - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47391-new-affordable-homes-welcomed-for-barrhead#47391 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47391-new-affordable-homes-welcomed-for-barrhead#47391
Bellway is to deliver much needed new affordable homes on behalf of Barrhead Housing Association located on Blackbyres Road in the town.
By Dawn Renton
Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 6:57 am

Located in a picturesque setting within walking distance of Gleniffer Braes Country Park, the collection of properties will form part of a second phase of residential development at Bellway’s popular Rosemont Park estate.

Ten affordable homes will be built, designed to appeal to a broad mix of residents, including four, three-bedroom end terrace homes; four, two-bedroom mid terrace properties; and two larger three-bedroom semi-detached homes.

Each property will benefit from stylish interior features including attractive kitchens and bathrooms, energy efficient heating and French doors leading to a private rear garden.

Car parking will also be available to the front of each home.

Lorna Wilson, Chief Executive, Barrhead Housing Association said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bellway to provide these much needed, high quality social rented homes, which are being delivered with the support of East Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government. The Barrhead Housing Association team is looking forward to settling ten families into their lovely new homes later this year.”

Work has started on site and the properties are scheduled for completion in this summer.

Pauline Coates, Head of Sales, Bellway Homes Limited (Scotland West) said, “Rosemont Park has been a popular development for home buyers and we are delighted to be collaborating with Barrhead Housing Association to support their drive and strategy to bring new homes to the local community.”

East Renfrewshire Council Housing and Maintenance Convener, Councillor Danny Devlin, said, “East Renfrewshire continues to be a popular place to live and we are committed to increasing the availability of affordable housing, so it is fantastic to see this build get underway. I look forward to seeing the development complete and provide high quality homes in Barrhead for families.”

Ideally located Rosemont Park benefits from its proximity to local amenities including GP and dental practices, three supermarkets and a leisure centre. Silverburn Shopping Centre is close by as is Paisley. Barrhead railway station is just a mile away with regular services running to Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

Barrhead Housing Association is an award-winning organisation, founded in 1986, to provide new build general and specialist housing. Further information is available from www.barrheadha.org.

Bellway Homes Limited (Scotland West) is one of Scotland’s leading house builders and further details are available from www.bellway.co.uk]]>
Public Forum Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:38:29 +0000