East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:23:03 +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: Are you a foul mouthed extremist? - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41891-are-you-a-foul-mouthed-extremist?limit=6&start=6#41891 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41891-are-you-a-foul-mouthed-extremist?limit=6&start=6#41891 David Tam McDonald thinks that you are.]]> Public Forum Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:29:47 +0000 Subject: Cllrs Valedictory Meeting 2017 - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41879-cllrs-valedictory-meeting-2017?limit=6&start=12#41879 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41879-cllrs-valedictory-meeting-2017?limit=6&start=12#41879
Everybody loved everybody and memories of previous disputes were long forgotten.

What permeated the air in the chamber was a total lack of humility.

The Provost who was chairing his last meeting after five years did not disappoint, mispronounced words by the score, and both the Chief Executive and the Clerk having to remind him to switch on his microphone etc.

A new addition to his adornments was observed, he was using a Hearing Amplifier.




Although vanity did appear to intrude, he took it off the one ear when the camera turned towards him and when it turned away he put it back on. (This is one of the rare shots showing him wearing it in his right ear)

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Public Forum Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:51:31 +0000
Subject: Candidates trailer is vandalised - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41872-candidates-trailer-is-vandalised#41872 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41872-candidates-trailer-is-vandalised#41872
David MacDonald's campaign trailer was vandalised.

JOHN A. MACINNES

An independent candidate standing in ward four, Clarkston, Netherlee & Williamwood is claiming his election trailer has been sabotaged.

David MacDonald, uses a bright yellow pick up truck which tows a trailer displaying his campaign message. Last week, he had been at home, readying the trailer for the following days campaign journey with banners.

Then, on Saturday morning just as he was about to leave he was shocked to see that someone had slashed the tyres of the trailer.

David said: “It’s a rather unfortunate event but to be honest I was prepared for some form of dirty tricks during my campaign. We soldiered on though and got out there to bring our message albeit three hours later than planned.

I tell you...finding 13 inch trailer tyres on the fly on a holiday weekend in Glasgow is no easy task!”

David reported the matter to the police and the returning officer at the council. Police Scotland commented: “We received a report of vandalism to trailer tyres, which we are currently investigating. If anyone has any information they should call police on the non-emergency number of 101.”

Read more at: www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/n...vandalised-1-4424422]]>
Public Forum Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:06:41 +0000
Subject: Pre election sartorial elegance - by: Aleksandre http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41850-pre-election-sartorial-elegance?limit=6&start=6#41850 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41850-pre-election-sartorial-elegance?limit=6&start=6#41850
I will state if their whiskers are beautiful or if some swill-peddling mongoose merchants has sold them rubbishy clothes.

I will put it onto computermabob thingy. You are welcomes. I am hope you will enjoyment.]]>
Public Forum Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:54:39 +0000
Subject: Should have gone to Specsavers - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41847-should-have-gone-to-specsavers#41847 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41847-should-have-gone-to-specsavers#41847 Public Forum Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:36:52 +0000 Subject: What is Lorraine McMillan up to? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41845-what-is-lorraine-mcmillan-up-to?limit=6&start=6#41845 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41845-what-is-lorraine-mcmillan-up-to?limit=6&start=6#41845 Public Forum Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:10:29 +0000 Subject: Every little step can lead to huge changes - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41825-every-little-step-can-lead-to-huge-changes?limit=6&start=6#41825 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41825-every-little-step-can-lead-to-huge-changes?limit=6&start=6#41825
The handrail will be welcomed by many elderly and infirm residents in Broom Park


A new hand rail has been installed en route to the shops in Newton Mearns.

The rail leading up the hill from Broom Shops, will enable ease of access for many of the area’s elderly residents.

Russell Macmillan, founder of East Renfrewshire Good Causes ERGC, who campaigns for better access for all, said: “Thanks to advances in medical treatments and many other factors, as a community, it is wonderful to see the increase in average life expectancy amongst our population.

“However, as we have more elderly and disabled residents staying within their own homes within the community, instead of living in hospitals, care homes or institutions, the ‘built environment’ is not necessarily fit for purpose.

“Whether it be a disability or an age-related reason, many things we all take for granted can become more difficult as a result of an impairment, which is likely to affect all of us at some stage in our life as we all grow older”

Previously in the Extra, we reported on the problems of uneven pavements, lack of “dropped curbs” and the problems caused when garden bushes grow out causing reduced access for parents with prams, elderly walking with strollers, wheelchair users and those suffering visual impairments or registered blind.

Russell continued:“With hospitals under increasing pressure, it is important we do all we can, to lessen the risk of falls, especially with an increasingly ageing population.

“This newly-installed hand rail on the hill leading up from the Broom shops, will help everyone during ‘icy conditions’ and also be of assistance all year round for those of us with impairments for whatever reason.

“In a perfect world, where resources were not so limited, it would be fantastic to have more even surfaces on pavements and hand rails like the one installed, to enable all of our neighbours to access local amenities, and I would like to thank East Renfrewshire Council for this small improvement in access.

“If we want people to live in their own homes for longer, then this is the type of thing we need to see more of.

“If the state can’t afford to provide more, I wonder if our communities may wish to pull together to fundraise to help itself, so we can do more of this type of thing ?”

Labour Councillor Ian McAlpine who organised the hand rail installation at Broom Park, added: “We are delighted to work with the ERGoodCauses campaign and the local community, to raise the standard for all our residents, and look forward to further improvments in the future.”]]>
Public Forum Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:44:48 +0000
Subject: Mourners outraged at levels of dog fouling in Neilston Cemetery - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41822-mourners-outraged-at-levels-of-dog-fouling-in-neilston-cemetery#41822 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41822-mourners-outraged-at-levels-of-dog-fouling-in-neilston-cemetery#41822

Councillor Paul O'Kane stands at a new sign aimed at ridding Neilston Cemetery of dog fouling

Jonathon Reilly, Junior Reporter / @jonathonjreilly

DOG walkers who leave their pets’ waste strewn across Neilston Cemetery have been branded “a disgrace”.

Neilston War Memorial Association (NWMA) is calling on residents who take dogs to the area to clean up their act after a series of complaints from sickened mourners.

Numerous reports have appeared on social media from those who went to pay their respects to loved ones but ended up leaving the site in disgust.

Biodegradable waste bags have even been found hanging from branches above graves in recent weeks.

NWMA secretary Matt Drennan is urging those who walk their dogs through the cemetery to show greater respect to those who gave their lives for their country.

Referring to the dangling bags of dog dirt, he told the Barrhead News: “I’ve seen it myself and I’ve seen a lot of comments on Facebook about it.

“Dog walkers are doing the right thing by bagging the waste but then they’re leaving the bags up in the trees. It’s a disgrace.

“It totally defeats the purpose if you’re putting the waste in a bag and then leaving it there.

“You’d be as well not bagging it and just leaving it for the worms if you’re going to do that.

“People need to show a bit of respect for the local soldiers who are buried there – soldiers who fought for our country.”

The levels of dog fouling at Neilston Cemetery have become so bad in recent weeks that several residents have contacted East Renfrewshire Council to raise their concerns.

As a result, new signs have been installed to make it clear that dog fouling is not allowed.

Community wardens have also been increasing the number of patrols at the cemetery in a bid to catch the culprits.

Neilston councillor Paul O’Kane said: “Dog fouling is a perennial problem which frustrates all of us.

“Unfortunately, some dog owners are very anti-social and do not pick up after their pet. Can there be anything more anti-social than allowing a dog to foul in a cemetery and not pick it up?

“As someone who has loved ones buried here, I know how disrespectful it feels when owners allow their dogs to foul and do not pick it up.

“Neilston Cemetery is peaceful and well kept. It must remain so and I will continue to work to ensure we tackle anti-social behaviour like this.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:35:27 +0000
Subject: Current State of the Roads in East Renfrewshire - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41817-current-state-of-the-roads-in-east-renfrewshire#41817 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41817-current-state-of-the-roads-in-east-renfrewshire#41817
Perhaps all candidates could comment on what they would do differently?

There is a list known as the carriageway assessment of roads to be considered for future resurfacing.


Currently Viaduct Road is at no. 145,

Linwood Avenue is at no. 245 and

Overlee Road is at 258

of 370 locations on the carriageway assessment of roads to be considered for future resurfacing.

The questions asked were an attempt to get a timescale to be associated with the numbers for the roads on the list.

Environment Department - Environmental Services and Roads - April 2017
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.....there is no programme extending into the future.

[East Renfrewshire]Councillors agreed, many years ago, that all that was required was a recommendation, in March each year, of what schemes would be included within the following year’s programme.

Councillors also set a Policy that the recommendations would be based on an assessment following an agreed methodology which considers factors such as overall condition, usage, presence of traffic generators (schools, shopping areas, residential care establishments, etc.) and position within the network (strategic ‘A’ road through to residential cul-de-sac).

The programme must, of course, be containable within the indicative budget for the following year.

The submitted programme also takes into account additional factors: known significant works by developers, utilities, etc.; network disruption; availability of diversion routes; sectional elements within individual roads; annual expenditure on safety repairs; etc..

These factors change annually, sometimes monthly, and can mean that schemes with higher assessments are deferred and those below are promoted.

(As an example; Seres Road had a relatively high position for a number of years and, indeed, sections were completed. However, the development of Seres Drive and Seres Court meant that the section across that frontage would suffer greater vehicle movements during the development and additional service connections into the carriageway. This section was deferred until completion of the development last year. This had the added benefit that the developer contributed to the overall cost of the scheme as compensation for accommodated works).

All of the above means hat it is impossible to envision a possible programme more than 2/3 years ahead.

None of these roads are currently expected to achieve a priority within that time frame.

....the only long-term indicator is the number of schemes (a single road may be broken down into a number of schemes) normally included within each year’s budget allocation.

For the last few years, the number of carriageway resurfacing schemes within the Revenue element of the budget has held steady at around 12-13 schemes per annum.

(Additional schemes have been carried out within the Capital element of the budget, but this is earmarked for classified roads).

This year the Revenue budget has been given an additional allocation which is expected to accommodate an additional 17+ residential carriageway resurfacing schemes.

If funding levels reduce back to pre-2017/18 levels; none of these roads are likely to be included in the coming 10+ years.

If funding levels are retained at this year’s enhanced level; there is a possibility that Viaduct Road may be considered within that period.

....cannot be more positive or precise but with annual funding, generally, at/below standstill position and a backlog of some £26M of carriageway repairs, it is increasingly difficult to confidently say which roads will be the immediate priority going forward.

Environment Department - Environmental Services and Roads - April 2017]]>
Public Forum Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:55:09 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire councillors’ embroiled in tax shame - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41816-east-renfrewshire-councillors-embroiled-in-tax-shame#41816 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41816-east-renfrewshire-councillors-embroiled-in-tax-shame#41816
Three elected officials have been in arrears in the past 10 months

BY JOHN A. MACINNES

Three East Renfrewshire councillors have been in arrears with their council tax during the past 10 months, a freedom of information request has revealed.

The council, while confirming the information to The Extra, has refused to identify the names of those involved, citing Data Protection laws.

Despite being advised of a 2016 Upper Tribunal ruling issued by a Judge that Data Protection exemptions could not apply, the council still refused to reveal the names.

The legal case centred on the fact that when a councillor is in arrears with his or her council tax, they are legally prevented from voting in council debates, and by default, cannot represent their constituents.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We have one of the highest council tax collection rates in Scotland and the amount collected is rising year-on-year.

We have clear processes in place to manage any instances of council tax arrears however it would not be appropriate to comment on any individual cases.

“If an elected member is two or more months in council tax arrears at the time of any meeting where council tax or the administration of council tax is being discussed this must be declared and they are subsequently unable to vote on these matters.”

Read more at: www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/n...-tax-shame-1-4418591]]>
Public Forum Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:37:49 +0000
Subject: Newton Mearns fly infestation due to illegal waste dump - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41806-newton-mearns-fly-infestation-due-to-illegal-waste-dump#41806 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/41806-newton-mearns-fly-infestation-due-to-illegal-waste-dump#41806
Swarms of flies have descended on parts of East Renfrewshire after illegal waste was dumped in the area.

People in Newton Mearns have been complaining about the infestation since last month.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said it was investigating the issue after the waste was dumped at Netherplace Works.

It is working with East Renfrewshire Council and other agencies to remove the material.

The flies also appear to be spreading to neighbouring Clarkston and Giffnock.
Newton Mearns residents Rachel McPherson and Lorraine Gardiner have been struggling to control the flies. Ms Gardiner has even had them landing on her face in the middle of the night.

She told BBC Radio Scotland's Call Kaye programme: "We've had the flies for three weeks as we first noticed them on Mother's Day.

"On Saturday we were enjoying the sunshine with our doors and windows open and within 20 minutes there were 30 flies in the living room. It's absolutely horrendous.

"I have a five-year-old and an eight-year-old and you need to wait for their dinner to cool down but you can't leave any food out at all now. You waken up in the middle of the night with them on your face. It's absolutely disgusting.

"At first I thought something had died in my house it was so bad. Then when we tried to get fly spray we found out it was sold out everywhere."

After mentioning the issue in a Facebook post, Ms Gardiner discovered her neighbours had the same problem.

"I think it's spreading further and further out," she added. "I think I live near the source and that's why we've maybe been experiencing it for a bit longer. Now people in Clarkston and Giffnock have been getting them."

To control them, remove the food source (where possible), use fly screens around windows, electric fly killers and aerosols (which are not a risk to people)

Ms McPherson told the programme: " Its not been very nice. Originally we thought it was just our house but after speaking to neighbours and local shops realised this was a bigger issue.

"There are a lot of flies in the house, all the time.

"I've got two toddlers and an ill cat so I'm reluctant to use lots of aerosols in the house polluting everyone's lungs and we do have a very small house. So we've just been trying to enhance our fly-catching techniques."

In a joint statement, Sepa and East Renfrewshire Council said: "We are investigating an illegal deposit of waste at Netherplace Works, Newton Mearns.

"Sepa are liaising with the landowner and their contractors regarding measures to reduce flies and limit the potential environmental impact on the site.

"A time frame for final removal of the waste and an associated site clean-up cannot be confirmed as yet.

"However, officers are working closely with East Renfrewshire Council and other agencies in order to ensure waste is removed as soon as possible."]]>
Public Forum Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:31:07 +0000