East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Tue, 23 May 2017 12:47:26 +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: How did the usual suspects do election wise (Those that got back in) - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42086-how-did-the-usual-suspects-do-election-wise-those-that-got-back-in#42086 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42086-how-did-the-usual-suspects-do-election-wise-those-that-got-back-in#42086 Alan Lafferty

10,354 votes cast and this man could only manage to have 986 people vote for him as first preference.

It took until the tenth round before he was elected. (There are only 11 rounds - where those with the lowest votes get eliminated on each round)]]>
Public Forum Sun, 21 May 2017 18:31:35 +0000
Subject: Is there life after being a councillor? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42081-is-there-life-after-being-a-councillor?limit=6&start=6#42081 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42081-is-there-life-after-being-a-councillor?limit=6&start=6#42081
Do they just disappear or re invent themselves?]]>
Public Forum Sun, 21 May 2017 14:41:39 +0000
Subject: SNP and Labour freeze out Tories in East Renfrewshire - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42078-snp-and-labour-freeze-out-tories-in-east-renfrewshire#42078 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42078-snp-and-labour-freeze-out-tories-in-east-renfrewshire#42078
Labour and the SNP have scuppered Tory hopes of running East Renfrewshire Council
The SNP and Labour are set to run East Renfrewshire Council despite the Conservatives winning the most seats.

The two parties, along with a local independent councillor, have said they will work together to protect local services.

The Conservatives took seven seats to become the largest party at the recent elections.

However, the SNP with five councillors and Labour with four have excluded them from a deal to form an administration.

This is the latest example of a deal which cuts out the largest local group.

Labour are set to run North Lanarkshire Council although the SNP have more councillors.

The Conservatives have remained in opposition in South Ayrshire.

Meanwhile, the SNP have been frozen out in Aberdeen, Angus and Argyll and Bute.

New administrations are still to be agreed at a number of councils including West Lothian and Edinburgh.

Councillor Tony Buchanan, leader of the SNP group in East Renfrewshire, said: "I am delighted that we have reached an agreement to build on the work and achievements of the last 10 years.

"East Renfrewshire is regularly quoted as being one of the best places to live in Scotland. The administration has a shared manifesto to continue to deliver our vision of a modern, ambitious council creating a fairer future for all."

Councillor Paul O'Kane, leader of the Labour Group, said: "We have been working with the SNP group and Councillor Devlin for the last 10 years so in essence this is a continuation of that arrangement."

What about the other councils?
Glasgow - The SNP has formed a minority administration, ending almost 40 years of Labour dominance.
West Lothian - No deal agreed after Scottish Labour's ruling body told councillors not to enter a coalition with the Conservatives.
Aberdeen Council - Labour suspended nine councillors after they agreed a coalition deal with the Conservatives.
North Lanarkshire - Labour have formed a minority administration. There will be no formal coalition agreement with the Tories.
South Lanarkshire - Labour members abstained in a vote on forming an alliance with the Tories. The SNP took control of the council, with a minority administration. They are seven seats short of a majority but the other parties could agree to work together.
West Dunbartonshire Council - It will be an SNP-Independent administration. The 10 SNP councillors have joined with one of the two independents to form an administration.
Edinburgh - No agreement reached. A new administration will not now be formed for at least another week.
Fife Council - Joint leadership, with power shared equally between SNP and Labour.
Highland Council - 28 independents along with 10 Lib Dems and three Labour have formed an administration, keeping out the SNP and Tories.
Renfrewshire Council - will operate as an SNP minority administration.
Aberdeenshire Council - A coalition of Conservative, Liberal Democrats and independent councillors will run the council.
Scottish Borders - A new Conservative-independent coalition has taken formal control. It was previously an SNP/Lib Dem/independent administration.
Falkirk - SNP minority takes control of the council
North Ayrshire Council - Labour will continue to run the council despite a surge from the Scottish Conservatives in the local elections. The SNP have the same number of seats as Labour.
East Ayrshire Council - SNP minority administration
Angus Council - Conservatives, Independents and Liberal Democrats form administration.
North Lanarkshire - Labour have formed a minority administration. There will be no formal coalition agreement with the Tories.
Clackmannanshire - The first meeting of the new council could not agree an administration.
Moray Council - A meeting to agree its new administration was adjourned after just two minutes to allow more time for coalition talks. Councillors will meet again on Wednesday 24 May. Both the SNP and Conservative groups have been trying to reach agreement with independent members.
Dumfries and Galloway Council - Councillors will meet on Tuesday 23 May
South Ayrshire Council - A coalition of SNP, Labour and Independent councillors has been formed to run the council.
Dundee City Council - SNP to form administration with Independent.
Argyll and Bute Council - Independent, Lib Dem and Conservative coalition
East Lothian - Labour minority administration
Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland - All administrations dominated by independents.
Perth and Kinross - A Conservative-led coalition with the Lib Dems and Independents.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 20 May 2017 14:50:55 +0000
Subject: SNP and Labour to run East Ren Council in “partnership” - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42075-snp-and-labour-to-run-east-ren-council-in-partnership#42075 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42075-snp-and-labour-to-run-east-ren-council-in-partnership#42075

SNP and Labour councillors – plus independent Labour man Danny Devlin – are to run East Renfrewshire as “a partnership”, it emerged on Friday.

The two parties, which are at odds on independence but in de facto alliance on local issues, have both said a deal has been arranged. However no details on who will be council leader or act as committee convenors have been announced.

The news follows this month’s local council election, in which the SNP gained five seats to Labour’s four. The Conservatives won seven, but cannot find allies needed to gain a working majority.

East Ren MP Kirsten Oswald has wished the council’s SNP group “every success as they work to form the first SNP-led administration in East Renfrewshire”. Meanwhile rival contender Blair McDougall, who led the Better Together campaign in the 2014 independence referendum campaign, says only he can stop the SNP locally.

But both parties appear to be trying to draw a sharp distinction between local and national politics at council level, despite the turmoil following proposed deals in some other areas – notably Aberdeen.

In a statement, East Renfrewshire Labour Party said: “Labour will continue to play a central part in the Leadership of East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the SNP Group and Independent Councillor, Danny Devlin. “Labour has formed the Administration of East Renfrewshire Council in partnership since its foundation in 1996 and has worked with other parties on a shared agenda since that time.

“This bold and ambitious agenda rooted in fairness and equality has seen East Renfrewshire named as one of the best places to live in Scotland; with local schools regularly named number one in the country and local services annually praised by local people through the Citizen’s Panel Survey.”

It adds: “Through this partnership agreement, each pledge of our Labour manifesto for East Renfrewshire will be delivered. “We will deliver our Labour agenda for East Renfrewshire in full and this has been agreed by all parties in the new administration.

“This includes building new schools building new affordable homes; increasing early learning and childcare, protecting our environment and improving our communities in partnership with local people.”

The council’s SNP group leader, Councillor Tony Buchanan, has said he’s delighted agreement has been reached “to build on the work and achievements of the last 10 years.” He says the administration has “a shared manifesto” to deliver a vision of a modern, ambitious council “creating a fairer future for all.”

Read more at: www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/n...artnership-1-4451796]]>
Public Forum Sat, 20 May 2017 11:47:41 +0000
Subject: New council administration to be formed - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42074-new-council-administration-to-be-formed#42074 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42074-new-council-administration-to-be-formed#42074 Public Forum Fri, 19 May 2017 17:44:12 +0000 Subject: The elections over - normal service resumes - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42071-the-elections-over-normal-service-resumes#42071 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42071-the-elections-over-normal-service-resumes#42071
We have been informed that not one of the councillors attended and none of them submitted apologies for not attending.

Elected Members

Caroline Bamforth
Barbara Grant
Jim McLean]]>
Public Forum Thu, 18 May 2017 20:06:15 +0000
Subject: Increase in East Ren population - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42042-increase-in-east-ren-population#42042 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42042-increase-in-east-ren-population#42042
The population of East Renfrewshire has seen a jump of 4,560, giving a new total of 90,574, according to the latest figures.

For the first time, experts at the National Records of Scotland (NRS), which compiled the statistics, have analysed the number of European Economic Area (EEA) – born residents living in Scotland by local authority area.

Latest figures reveal that the past decade has seen a big jump in the number of residents, largely driven by inward migration.

The NRS report shows that last year 4,076 people came into East Renfrewshire and 3,257 went out. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “These figures underline the key role migration has to play in our work to grow Scotland’s population.

“It is very welcome that people are living longer but we need to ensure we can grow our working age population to support our economy and society now and in the future, when we expect more people to live longer beyond retirement.”

She continued: “Scotland already benefits significantly from the contribution made by people from across Europe who have chosen to live, work and study here, bringing new skills and expertise and helping to underpin future economic growth.” “The Scottish Government is committed to continuing to encourage inward migration to support further population growth.”

Read more at: www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/n...population-1-4444073]]>
Public Forum Sat, 13 May 2017 09:06:35 +0000
Subject: Who will form the new administration? - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42041-who-will-form-the-new-administration#42041 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42041-who-will-form-the-new-administration#42041

It was a resounding win for the Conservatives in East Renfrewshire, where the party elected a councillor in Barrhead for the first time in more than 20 years.

And, in what some have said was a backlash against the SNP’s insistence on having a second Independence Referendum, the Tory party outpolled the Nationalists by almost 6,000 votes on first count preferences.

Despite previous concerns that voting numbers was lower than normal, the overall average turnout for East Renfrewshire was 57.8 per cent.

The councillors who were elected are as follows.

Ward One: Paul Aitken (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Angela Convery (Scottish National Party), Betty Cunningham (Scottish Labour Party) and Danny Devlin (Independent).

Ward Two: Tony Buchanan (Scottish National Party), Charlie Gilbert (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) and Paul O’Kane (Labour and Co-operative).

Ward Three: Jim Fletcher (Scottish Labour Party), Colm Merrick (Scottish National Party) and Gordon Wallace (Scottish Conservative and Unionist).

Ward Four: Annette Ireland (Scottish National Party), Alan Lafferty (Labour and Co-operative Party), David MacDonald (Independent) and Stewart Miller (Scottish Conservative and Unionist).

Ward Five: Caroline Bamforth (Scottish National Party), Barbara Grant (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Jim McLean (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) and Jim Swift (Scottish Conservative and Unionist).

Now the hard work starts in earnest as the parties try to form working arrangements with others in order that a coalition deal can be thrashed out for the council administration within East Renfrewshire Council.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 13 May 2017 09:03:09 +0000
Subject: Ferenze Golf Club in Barrhead set on fire by vandals for second time in four days - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42040-ferenze-golf-club-in-barrhead-set-on-fire-by-vandals-for-second-time-in-four-days#42040 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42040-ferenze-golf-club-in-barrhead-set-on-fire-by-vandals-for-second-time-in-four-days#42040
Jonathon Reilly, Junior Reporter / @jonathonjreilly

A BARRHEAD golf course has been set on fire for the second time in four days.

Firebugs caused a wildfire at Fereneze Golf Club last night.

Emergency services were called to the scene just before 8.45pm.

An image shared on social media showed smoke billowing over the course.

It is the second time the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has attended a blaze at the golf club this week.

Vandals set fire to the 11th hole of the course on Monday.

A fire service spokesman confirmed the incident is being treated as malicious and said: “At 8.44pm on Thursday, May 11, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to reports of a wildfire near Fereneze Golf Club, Barrhead.

“Two appliances were mobilised and firefighters used beaters to tackle the flames.

“Crews left the scene after ensuring that the area had been made safe.”]]>
Public Forum Sat, 13 May 2017 08:48:29 +0000
Subject: rouken glen - by: Condor65 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42024-rouken-glen#42024 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42024-rouken-glen#42024
But, the tadpoles are being stolen by selfish people who want them for their own ponds. The joy of kids seeing them is of no consequence to those people. Sad Sacks!!]]>
Public Forum Fri, 12 May 2017 15:44:58 +0000
Subject: Death Threats to a well known resident of East Renfrewshire - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42023-death-threats-to-a-well-known-resident-of-east-renfrewshire?limit=6&start=18#42023 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42023-death-threats-to-a-well-known-resident-of-east-renfrewshire?limit=6&start=18#42023
He took these so seriously that he contacted Police Scotland and reported the matter.

The alleged threats concerned the possible use of 'Sledgehammers' being taken to his head.]]>
Public Forum Fri, 12 May 2017 10:03:09 +0000
Subject: Concerns over Maidenhill plan Flooding after heavy rain is a problem in Newton Mearns - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42022-concerns-over-maidenhill-plan-flooding-after-heavy-rain-is-a-problem-in-newton-mearns#42022 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42022-concerns-over-maidenhill-plan-flooding-after-heavy-rain-is-a-problem-in-newton-mearns#42022

An angry war-of-words has broken out over a proposed housing development in Newton Mearns and an allegation it will aggravate local flooding.

The Newton Mearns Residents Flood Prevention Group (NMRFPG) have accused Scottish Water of pandering to the needs of the developers and ignoring their concerns.

The group claim that the current pre-war sewage system infrastructure in Newton Mearns is so antiquated - and already working to capacity - that during heavy rainfall it overflows carrying raw sewage into gardens and the Auldhouse Burn, which forms the waterfall in Rouken Glen Park.

A spokesman for the group said: “The latest development pressure on the existing sewers is the Maidenhill masterplan.

This development will see the addition of a further 1060 residential properties, a new school, nursery and religious facility.

The plan is that these will all be connected to the existing pre-war sewer. “The pressure tostart this development is so great that Scottish Water has agreed to connect the first 400 properties without upgrading the sewer infrastructure. This will further increase the risk of flooding.”

The Newton Mearns Residents Flood Prevention Group is campaigning to have a new purpose-built sewer constructed to modern standards before the houses are built. Scottish Water estimates that cost to be £2.65M.

A spokesman for Scottish Water commented: “Any new proposed development site is required to demonstrate a zero impact on the existing Scottish Water network and that it can accommodate flows or will be upgraded accordingly, ensuring that Scottish Water continues to meet its statutory requirements and performance measures.”

When The Extra queried how they could demonstrate a ‘zero impact’ when sewers overflow already, they said: “There is sufficient capacity at the moment for the first 400 houses in the Maidenhall development. “The development site was subject to a Drainage Impact Assessment (DIA) and it is anticipated that the required mitigation works highlighted in the DIA should adequately allow for these proposals (ie, the whole development). “The impact of the development on the sewer infrastructure will involve foul only connections and is far reduced compared with historical combined connections.

Other water, such as run-off from roofs and roads, will be dealt with by Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and will not go into the sewers. “We are confident that this development is not going to cause any network issues.” The NMRFPG responded by saying: “The Development Impact Assessment does not demonstrate that 400 properties can be added without causing detriment.

The DIA clearly shows that the current sewer overflows and that adding additional properties to the sewer can only increase the flood risk locally. “The proper solution is required now, not after 400 houses have been built.”

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “As part of any planning application for a major development a drainage strategy report is prepared by a specialist hydrologist to outline how surface water run-off will be managed.

The necessary checks are then carried out to ensure that the proposed drainage measures comply with the council’s requirements in our role as Flood Prevention Authority. We are satisfied that the proposals put forward, which includes the installation of drainage systems at four separate parts of the site, will control surface water run-off rates at the required level.

“In addition, we continue to work closely with Scottish Water colleagues to discuss ongoing improvements being made to its wider drainage network.”

Read more at: www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/n...nhill-plan-1-4442765]]>
Public Forum Thu, 11 May 2017 13:33:24 +0000
Subject: Police to crack down on drink and drug-drivers this summer - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42021-police-to-crack-down-on-drink-and-drug-drivers-this-summer#42021 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42021-police-to-crack-down-on-drink-and-drug-drivers-this-summer#42021
COPS have launched a clampdown on drink and drug-driving as the warmer weather arrives.

Motorists across East Renfrewshire have been warned that officers are combining “intelligence-led” high-visibility patrols with roadside checks to snare offenders.

The week-long initiative has also been targeting early morning motorists who may still be under the influence from the night before.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, head of road policing, said: “As we head towards summer, there are many additional social events for people to attend, such as barbecues with family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas.

“All are perfect opportunities to socialise in relaxed surroundings and many people will take the opportunity to have an alcoholic drink.

“Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend on driving.”

Ch Supt Edmonston also asked drivers to remember that alcoholic drink measures consumed at social events can be “significantly more” than pub measures.

He also said people often get caught up in the moment and over-indulge in alcohol.

He added: “Drivers must consider that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink.

“The effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must be aware of this if they intend on driving the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out.

“Our message is simple - the best approach is none.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 11 May 2017 08:18:36 +0000
Subject: Election Results 2017 - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41994-election-results-2017#41994 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41994-election-results-2017#41994 Newton Mearns North & Neilston

Charlie Gilbert Con
Paul O'Kane Lab
Tony Buchanan SNP


Danny Devlin Ind
Betty Cunningham Lab
Paul Aitken Con
Angela Convery SNP


Colm Merrick SNP
Jim Fletcher Labour
Gordon Wallace Con

Newton Mearns South & Eaglesham

Jim Swift Con
Barbara Grant Con
Jim McLean Con
Caroline Bamford SNP

Busby, Clarkston, Williamwood, Stamperland & Netherlee

Alan Lafferty Lab
Stewart Miller Con
David McDonald Ind
Annette Ireland SNP]]>
Public Forum Fri, 05 May 2017 13:54:58 +0000
Subject: Campaign launched to fight fake news - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41989-campaign-launched-to-fight-fake-news#41989 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41989-campaign-launched-to-fight-fake-news#41989

Today, this newspaper joins forces with local and regional titles across the UK to launch a campaign to fight fake news.

As we approach the most significant national election in a generation, the need for independent local newspapers and their websites to report and explain the issues in an entirely neutral, honest and balanced way is essential.

This approach is in keeping with their ethos of always seeking to provide trusted news, campaigning on behalf of their communities, giving advertisers respected platforms to promote their services, exposing wrongdoing through painstaking investigations, and ensuring the voice of residents and the business community is heard with clarity and authority.

Fake news takes many forms and operates at several levels. At its most extreme and democratically destructive, it comprises deliberately and maliciously contrived statements which are cynically distributed in the guise of real news with the aim of deceiving for political or financial gain.

The great global social media conglomerates have been slow to respond and grudging to intervene. When they do, they give the impression that their intercession is more favour than obligation. They sit outside all normal regulation that robustly holds traditional media to account and they are often immune from actions for defamation or contempt.

You would have thought politicians would have made the eradication of these hoax story sites a top priority, demanding that the global internet and social media giants must be made responsible for what they transmit.

Instead, it is established newspapers and their websites which continue to be the political whipping boys, expected to submit to the most rigorous regulation and the threat of the most pernicious and damaging regime of court costs on the planet while they seek to pursue honest, investigative journalism in the public interest.

Unlike social media and the major digital platforms, this newspaper and its website are accountable for every single word we publish.

We have signed up to a comprehensive Editors’ Code of Practice – which even our detractors have imitated – and we and all our staff have contractually bound themselves to its requirements. This code encompasses everything from accuracy to privacy, harassment, intrusion into grief or shock, protecting children, reporting crime, and the use of clandestine devices and subterfuge.

If we do make a genuine mistake, you can contact us immediately – we are real people, not some digital algorithm.

We are passionate and exquisitely professional about the way in which we hold decision makers to account, represent our home towns, and provide news and information that is suitable for whole families.

We are honest brokers of local information, upholding the values that you share with us, seeking always to do the right thing no matter how difficult that can sometimes be in fast changing times.

That all costs money. When you buy our paper or advertise with us you are supporting the very journalism and quality that keeps integrity at the heart of all we do.

We make a real difference.

Many local newspapers have been in existence for a century or more. They have often been the single catalyst for social change. At heart, they are the conscience of a community and the defender of its truth.

Our title piece is a hall mark for our core value.

With pride, we provide trusted news and honest advertisement platforms and thanks to the tireless diligence of our editorial staff you can be confident that our stories are always exactly what they purport to be: 
the genuine article. Fact – not fake.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 03 May 2017 17:36:31 +0000