East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:45:56 +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: Access to information is now more important than ever - Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46986-access-to-information-is-now-more-important-than-ever-daren-fitzhenry-scottish-information-commissioner#46986 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46986-access-to-information-is-now-more-important-than-ever-daren-fitzhenry-scottish-information-commissioner#46986
Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner

UNESCO International Day for Universal Access to Information

28 September 2020

Over the last few months our behaviour has changed in all sorts of ways.

Who could have foreseen this time last year that we’d have to don a face mask before picking up our groceries, or that we’d spend the summer carefully calculating the number of households or people before catching up with friends and family?

Of course, our behaviour has changed in other ways too, including the manner and frequency with which we access official information.

Many of us, for example, are now following officially-published data in ways which would have been unprecedented a few months ago.

Whether we’re seeking updates on the latest rules we should be following, the number of cases in our area, or tracking national reinfection rates, our collective appetite for accurate and reliable official information has never been stronger.

To their credit, many Scottish public authorities have worked hard to meet this demand at a difficult time.

NHS boards and the Scottish Government, for example, publish a range of Covid-19 data on a daily and weekly basis, with, I am encouraged to see, care taken to ensure that the information is as accessible and clear as possible.

From the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 to the number of Scottish school pupils absent for coronavirus-related reasons, a wide range of data is available at our fingertips, helping to inform the day-to-day decisions we make in our own lives.

This proactive publication of information is one of the core duties of Scotland’s freedom of information (FOI) law, with Scotland’s public authorities being required to publish and update information about their activities and performance.

However, even with extensive proactive publication, the information that public authorities think may be most useful to us may not always be the information that we, as individuals, most need to see.

Published information will sometimes only tell us part of the story, and it is another element of FOI law - the right to ask for and receive information - than can often help us see the full picture.

The FOI right to request information allows us to fill the gaps in our own understanding, shining light on the issues that are most important to us, our families, or our wider community.

September 28 is UNESCO Access to Information Day, established to highlight and celebrate the benefits that the FOI principles of transparency and accountability bring to us as citizens.

And while at the present time we may feel there is not much to celebrate in the world generally, it is a good time to reflect on the practical benefits of the right to information and how it has been used during the pandemic.

Over the last few months we’ve seen the FOI right used to access additional information on a range of important issues.

This has included information on the number of Covid-19 patients discharged into care homes; on how many people received eviction notices in the early months of the pandemic, or on the impact for patients on waiting lists with non-coronavirus-related conditions.

Information disclosed through FOI complements, expands on and enriches the information which is proactively published by organisations.

It enables people to raise issues about policy or practice, to identify unexplored trends and call for action, or simply to be given information which provides reassurance and alleviates our concern.

It also, of course, allows for the boundaries of what can and can’t be disclosed to be tested, helping to ensure that as much information as possible that is of public interest and public value finds its way into the spotlight of public scrutiny.

While many of the FOI requests that gain prominence are those made by journalists, we also know that most of the day-to-day FOI requests in Scotland are made by members of the public.

Indeed, my newly-published Annual Report reveals that the public were responsible for 75% of the appeals to my office in 2019/20.

The value of FOI to the public has arguably never been clearer.

My ongoing monitoring of public authority FOI performance recognises this, and I will continue to step in and support authorities to improve performance wherever it is appropriate to do so.

This will include, of course, Scottish Government performance which, following substantial improvement during 2019/20, was significantly disrupted in the early months of the pandemic.

I will continue to monitor and support the Scottish Government as it works to restore its FOI function.

It is also reassuring, however, that both the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government have been separately considering how the legislation may be improved.

In May, for example, and following post-legislative scrutiny, the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee published a number of recommendations for FOI improvement.

Likewise, the Scottish Government is, following the designation of registered social landlords last year, considering the extension of FOI to more organisations, including those providing health and social care services under contract to Scottish public authorities.

We will all, inevitably, have questions from time to time about the decisions made by providers of public services.

Never more so than at a time when those decisions may restrict our freedoms, or impact on our health and wellbeing.

FOI is a key route through which these questions can be answered, and it is vital that our right to information continues to be supported, protected and enhanced.

Daren Fitzhenry
Scottish Information Commissioner

You can access the Scottish Information Commissioner Website here -

www.itspublicknowledge.info/home/Scottis...ionCommissioner.aspx]]>
Public Forum Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:21:15 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire Council to look at ways to generate more income - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46985-east-renfrewshire-council-to-look-at-ways-to-generate-more-income#46985 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46985-east-renfrewshire-council-to-look-at-ways-to-generate-more-income#46985
28/9/2020

News Politics

East Renfrewshire Council to look at ways to generate more income

Work to develop a programme of major events – building on the success of the Playground Festival – will be carried out by East Renfrewshire Council.

By Drew Sandelands, Local Democracy Reporter

Monday, 28th September 2020, 7:14 am
Updated
9 hours ago

An investigation into boosting income was launched by the council’s audit and scrutiny committee last year.

It put forward 12 recommendations, including an events programme, which have been agreed by council directors.

Cabinet members were asked to approve the response at a meeting on Thursday.

A report to the committee recognises the impact of Covid-19, and restrictions on large-scale gatherings, has impacted plans for major events.

But it states parks, and other assets suitable for hosting events, will be marketed.

Other ways of boosting incoming suggested following the investigation included through trade waste and refuse collection, leasing storage units, purchasing new commercial units, grazing lets and renewable energy, such as creating a biogas facility.

The response by council directors states annual garden waste collection and special uplifts will be prioritised.

But it adds: “After further investigation it was found that a number of the potential opportunities listed were either not commercially viable or would provide a very limited return and so are low priority e.g. leasing of storage units, new commercial units and grazing lets.”

Generating income from factoring new-build housing developments, while “legally complex”, is being investigated.

And “discussions are ongoing with a developer” over the creation of a biogas facility.

Recommendations from the investigation also included establishing a new policy on commercialisation and inviting other councils’ representatives to discuss successful approaches.

Seminars could be held in mid-2021 depending on Covid-19 restrictions.

Council officers agreed to maximise the use of local companies in procurement activities to “help stimulate the economy of East Renfrewshire” and to create further training opportunities for young people.

The audit and scrutiny committee asked for options to develop income generation opportunities at roundabouts, bus shelters and on council vehicles to be kept under review.

The response stated: “These opportunities had been explored previously and were found to be of low value and therefore of low priority but will be kept under review.”

In the report to Cabinet, it reveals: “Despite the challenges of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, work has started in many of these areas with future work planned in due course.”]]>
Public Forum Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:09:25 +0000
Subject: Audit & Scrutiny Committee (Virtual) Meeting - Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 2.00 pm - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46984-audit-a-scrutiny-committee-virtual-meeting-thursday-24-september-2020-at-200-pm#46984 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46984-audit-a-scrutiny-committee-virtual-meeting-thursday-24-september-2020-at-200-pm#46984 Council Headquarters,
Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3129
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 18 September 2020
When calling please ask for:
Linda Hutchison (Tel. No 0141-577-8388)e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO: Councillors Stewart Miller (Chair), Barbara Grant (Vice-Chair), Angela Convery, Charlie Gilbert, Annette Ireland, Jim McLean and Jim Swift.

AUDIT AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 2.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

CAROLINE INNES
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

AGENDA

1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of interest.

3.Chair’s Report.

4.Managing Absence Annual Report – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copyattached, pages 3 - 8).

5.Summary of Early Retirement/Redundancy Costs to 31 March 2020 – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 9 - 12).

6.National External Audit Report – Impact of September 2017 Audit on Equal Pay in Scottish Councils – Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 13 - 20).

7.National Fraud Initiative – Report by Head of Communities, Revenues andChange (copy attached, pages 21 - 24).

8.Managing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption – Fraud Response Statement2019/20 – Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 25 - 30).

9.Strategic Risk Register and Risk Management Progress – Biannual Report –Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 31 - 56).

10.Local External Audit Report – East Renfrewshire Council Management Report2019/20 – Report by External Auditor (copy attached, pages 57 - 60).

11.National External Audit Report – Self-Directed Support – 2017 Progress ReportImpact Report – Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 61 - 72).

12.National External Audit Report – Affordable Housing – The ScottishGovernment’s Affordable Housing Supply Target – Report by Clerk (copyattached, pages 73 - 80).

13.National External Audit Report – Privately Financed Infrastructure Investment:The Non–Profit Distributing (NPD) and Hub Models – Report by Clerk (copyattached, pages 81 - 86).


You can read further details here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/audit-and-scrutiny-committee-240920

You can read papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/3476/A...m=637359589575100000]]>
Public Forum Sun, 20 Sep 2020 09:38:43 +0000
Subject: Cllr Annette Ireland - MSP? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46982-cllr-annette-ireland-msp#46982 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46982-cllr-annette-ireland-msp#46982
18/9/2020

Cllr Annette Ireland
15 hrs ·

Delighted to confirm that I have, this afternoon, received confirmation that I have been added to the approved list of potential SNP candidates for the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections.

I am therefore delighted to announce that I will be asking SNP members in Eastwood to select me as their candidate to go forward for the Scottish Parliament elections next year.

From the outset, I’d like to wish my fellow candidates the best of luck in the selection process and hope that we can all show the true strength and depth of those wishing to represent Eastwood.

I have lived in this constituency for many years.

This is my home, and the people here deserve a candidate with an abundance of local knowledge.

At a time when community spirit is absolutely vital we need MSP’s who understand the needs of our local area and will fight to represent them.

It would be my absolute honour to represent the people of Eastwood in our Parliament.

I will always have a passion for Independence as well as the drive and determination to work towards both a fairer Eastwood and a fairer Scotland for all.]]>
Public Forum Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:04:23 +0000
Subject: Temporary road restriction: Fenwick Road - side road junctions - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46979-temporary-road-restriction-fenwick-road-side-road-junctions#46979 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46979-temporary-road-restriction-fenwick-road-side-road-junctions#46979 East Renfrewshire Council
TYPE:
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PUBLISHED:16/09/2020
EXPIRES:25/10/2020
ADDRESS:
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East Renfrewshire Council
Temporary road restriction: Fenwick Road - side road junctions

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order has been promoted authorising the closure of a number of side road junctions that give access to/from Fenwick Road in order to facilitate the safe operation of essential carriageway resurfacing works of a section of Fenwick Road between its junction with (Braidholm Road and Carleton Drive) & (Montgomery Drive and Church Road).

The closure will be in operation between Saturday 10th until Sunday 25th October 2020.

Details of the restriction can be found on the attached copy of the Notice.

Legislation Information
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14.

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/Home

Attachments:
PDF icon Fenwick Road, Giffnock - (Notice of Order).pdf]]>
Public Forum Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:20:45 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire Tory leader resigns - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46967-east-renfrewshire-tory-leader-resigns#46967 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46967-east-renfrewshire-tory-leader-resigns#46967
16/9/2020

News Politics

East Renfrewshire Tory leader resigns

The leader of East Renfrewshire Conservatives says he has quit the party after losing the trust of “unelected officials” in Edinburgh.

By Drew Sandelands, Local Democracy Reporter

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 7:28 am

Stewart Miller will now serve as an independent councillor on East Renfrewshire Council.

He was investigated by the Scottish Conservatives earlier this year after complaints over a post he shared on Facebook, which had sparked accusations of transphobia.

But Cllr Miller, who has been a Conservative representative since 2007, said his decision to resign from the party has nothing to do with the investigation.

He believes he has “lost the trust of the unelected party officials in Edinburgh who I thought were there to support elected party members”.

“I will continue to help and support the Ward 4 (Clarkston, Netherlee and Williamwood) constituents as I have always done, as an independent councillor, just as my father did for almost 20 years,” Cllr Miller said.

“Nor is it just Conservative voters whom I will represent but every member of my local community, regardless race, religion, colour, -_-ual orientation or indeed, political affiliation.”

Back in May, the Scottish Conservatives revealed the party’s disciplinary committee was investigating Cllr Miller.

The councillor had shared an image of environmental activist Greta Thunberg, with a caption stating her generation could not decide “whether you’re a boy, or girl or ‘other’”.

LGBT charity Stonewall Scotland said jokes about trans people’s identities are “hurtful” and Cllr Miller apologised, saying it was “never my intention to cause upset to any individuals”.

He had initially said the post “far from being transphobic was actually politically correct inasmuch as it stated that some people thought of themselves as male or female, but others thought of themselves differently”.

A Scottish Conservatives spokesman said the party would not be commenting on the matter at this time.

The photo of Ms Thunberg had been captioned: “My generation will start a revolution.”

Below the image, another caption stated: “Your generation can’t work 40 hours in a week, can’t decide whether you’re a boy, or girl or ‘other’ or can’t eat meat without crying.”

Cllr Miller, who is a farmer, shared the post, adding: “Haven’t heard much fae the wee lassie fae Sweden. Perhaps my coos are not the worst things on the planet after all.”

He will continue in his role as chairman of the authority’s audit and scrutiny committee.

It is understood a constituent, who had called on Cllr Miller to resign, is planning to make a complaint to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life about his post.

They believe his position on the audit and scrutiny committee is “untenable”.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:52:07 +0000
Subject: Cabinet (Police and Fire) Virtual meeting - Thursday 17 September 2020 10am - East Ren Local Policing Plan - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46966-cabinet-police-and-fire-virtual-meeting-thursday-17-september-2020-10am-east-ren-local-policing-plan#46966 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46966-cabinet-police-and-fire-virtual-meeting-thursday-17-september-2020-10am-east-ren-local-policing-plan#46966
www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-police-and-fire-170920

You can read papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/2482/C...m=637353260694530000]]>
Public Forum Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:21:20 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Committee (Virtual) Meeting - Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 10.00am - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46965-cabinet-committee-virtual-meeting-thursday-24-september-2020-at-1000am#46965 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46965-cabinet-committee-virtual-meeting-thursday-24-september-2020-at-1000am#46965 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:11 September 2020
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

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

CABINET
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held
on Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 10.00am.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

AGENDA
1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of Interest.

3.Chief Executive’s Office End-Year Performance Report 2019/20 – Report byChief Executive (copy attached, pages 3 - 14).

4.Redesign of Homelessness Services in East Renfrewshire – Report by Directorof Environment (copy attached, pages 15 - 22).

5.Response to the Audit and Scrutiny Committee’s Investigation on IncomeGeneration and Commercialisation - Report by Chief Executive (copy attached,pages 23 - 52).

6.Strategic Risk Register and Risk Management Progress - Report by ChiefExecutive (copy attached, pages 53 - 78).

You can read details here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-240920

You can read papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/2971/C...m=637353528641530000]]>
Public Forum Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:14:55 +0000
Subject: Crookfur Park - Going Synthetic - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46963-crookfur-park-going-synthetic#46963 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46963-crookfur-park-going-synthetic#46963 Public Forum Tue, 15 Sep 2020 11:07:38 +0000 Subject: Anneliese Dodds called out for attack on Nicola Sturgeon's SNP Government - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46962-anneliese-dodds-called-out-for-attack-on-nicola-sturgeons-snp-government#46962 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46962-anneliese-dodds-called-out-for-attack-on-nicola-sturgeons-snp-government#46962 By Xander Richards @xanderescribe
Multimedia Journalist

LABOUR has been called out on its “hypocrisy” after the UK’s shadow chancellor attacked the SNP for failing to tackle wage inequality in Scotland.

Anneliese Dodds, who sits on Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet, said: “The wage gap between the richest and poorest in Scotland rose by almost a third between 2011 and 2018.

“Nicola Sturgeon can’t pin this on Westminster – her party has been running Scotland since 2011.

“The SNP’s failure to tackle rising inequality is failing the Scottish people.”

The Aberdeen-born Dodds also shared a story from The Scottish Mail on Sunday.

The story reported on Labour research which had found a growing wealth gap between Scotland’s richest and poorest areas.

East Renfrewshire, Scotland’s wealthiest local authority, saw the average weekly wage rise 30% between 2011 and 2019

www.thenational.scot/news/18717885.peak-...ola-sturgeon-attack/]]>
Public Forum Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:53:00 +0000
Subject: Temporary parking restriction: Woodlands Road, Thornliebank - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46951-temporary-parking-restriction-woodlands-road-thornliebank#46951 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46951-temporary-parking-restriction-woodlands-road-thornliebank#46951 East Renfrewshire Council
TYPE:
Traffic
PUBLISHED:10/09/2020
EXPIRES:16/09/2020
ADDRESS:
Woodlands Road
East Renfrewshire Council
Temporary parking restriction: Woodlands Road, Thornliebank

A Temporary Restriction Notice has been promoted to facilitate the safe operation of essential utility works within the carriageway on Woodlands Road, Thornliebank.

The Notice authorises the temporary parking restrictions on Woodlands Road & Glenwood Drive, Thornliebank between as indicated on the attached plan, and will be in operation for 3 days from Monday 14th until Wednesday 16th September 2020. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Details of the restriction can be found on the attached copy of the Notice.

Legislation Information
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14.

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/Home

Attachments:
PDF icon Woodlands Road, Thornliebank - (Temporary Restriction Notice).pdf]]>
Public Forum Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:29:31 +0000
Subject: East Refrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald laid a motion in Westminster to recognise the work of a teenage environmental campaigner. By The Newsroom - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46944-east-refrewshire-mp-kirsten-oswald-laid-a-motion-in-westminster-to-recognise-the-work-of-a-teenage-environmental-campaigner-by-the-newsroom#46944 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46944-east-refrewshire-mp-kirsten-oswald-laid-a-motion-in-westminster-to-recognise-the-work-of-a-teenage-environmental-campaigner-by-the-newsroom#46944 By The Newsroom
Friday, 11th September 2020, 11:06 am



East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald (left) was joined by Clarkston, Netherlee and Williamwood councillor Annette Ireland as they met Michael Sinclair at the Williamwood High to present him with a copy of the parliamentary motion.

Michael Sinclair (16), an S5 pupil at Williamwood High, was recently awarded a Diana Award for his work in support of environmental sustainability and improvement.

Eastwood Rotary Club nominated Michael following a presentation to members on his environmental work in the community.

He has done more than 350 hours volunteering in Linn Park, encouraging biodiversity and running a successful nest box programme.

He also chairs Williamwood High’s environment committee, which he set up, and regularly puts himself out to speak about connecting people with the environment.

Ms Oswald was joined by Clarkston, Netherlee and Williamwood councillor Annette Ireland as they met Michael at the school to present him with a copy of the parliamentary motion.

The MP said: “Michael is a hugely impressive young man and I was pleased to recognise this and to bring his work to the attention of colleagues in parliament.

“I was pleased to hear that, following his Diana award, Michael continues to be busy in his environmental activism and his influence on those around him is significant.

“Today’s Williamwood High pupils will be emerging into a world in which environmental sustainability is at the heart of how we rebuild our economy and society. It was reassuring to hear that these issues are already at the centre of life in the school.”

Councillor Ireland added: “I was hugely impressed by the work taking place at Williamwood High on environmental issues and of Michael’s role in influencing his fellow students.

“Already, through his voluntary work, Michael has made a significant difference to the environment in our local area and well deserves the Diana award in recognition of the commitment he has shown.

“Eastwood Rotary Club are to be congratulated for their decision to nominate Michael for an award following a presentation he gave to members on the work he has been doing.”]]>
Public Forum Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:21:42 +0000
Subject: CONTACT tracing has begun at a second primary school in East Renfrewshire. - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46942-contact-tracing-has-begun-at-a-second-primary-school-in-east-renfrewshire#46942 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46942-contact-tracing-has-begun-at-a-second-primary-school-in-east-renfrewshire#46942
By Jacob Nicol
Reporter

Courtesy Barrhead News

Test and Protect staff are getting in touch with close contacts at Crookfur Primary in Newton Mearns.

Health bosses have confirmed there is currently no evidence of transmission within the school, and pupils and staff can continue to attend as normal, apart from those who are identified as contacts.

It is the second Test and Protect investigation within East Renfrewshire, after a positive coronavirus case was identified at the pre-school in Braidbar Primary, in Giffnock, and the nursery was temporarily shut.

Test and Protect teams are also currently working to establish close contacts from four Glasgow schools, one East Dunbartonshire school and one Clydebank school after a number of positive cases were identified last night.

A NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesperson said: "Apart from those who are identified as close contacts, all other staff and pupils can continue to attend as normal.

"The exception to this applies to East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire where additional COVID-19 control measures are in place.

"In these Local Authority areas, any close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are being advised that they and all those in their household group, should self-isolate for 14 days."]]>
Public Forum Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:18:42 +0000
Subject: These are the 24 new speed camera sites across Scotland - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46939-these-are-the-24-new-speed-camera-sites-across-scotland#46939 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46939-these-are-the-24-new-speed-camera-sites-across-scotland#46939
Extra enforcement part of new plans to cut Scottish road deaths to zero by 2050
By Alastair Dalton

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 12:30 pm

A total of 24 locations for new speed cameras across Scotland were announced today by transport secretary Michael Matheson.

They include two new average speed camera zones, where vehicle speeds are measured over set distances.

They are part of a £675,000 scheme to cut deaths and injuries.

Average speed cameras will be deployed at:

Auchinairn Road in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire

Parkhouse Road, Nitshill, Glasgow


The new fixed cameras will be at:

Camelon Road, Arnothill, Falkirk

A944 eastbound at Kingswells, Aberdeen

Great Western Road westbound, near Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow

Fenwick Road, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire

Nitshill Road northbound, Nitshill, Glasgow

Main Road, Cardross, West Dunbartonshire

Crookston Road northbound, Rosshall, Glasgow

Dubbs Road, Mid Achenleck, Port Glasgow

Mobile cameras will cover:

Links Road, Port Seton, East Lothian

Largo Road, Leven, Fife

A96 at Bainshole, Aberdeenshire

A835 north of Morefield, near Ullapool, Highland

B9128 at Crombie Crossroads, Angus

B987 at Northern Road, Kintore, Aberdeenshire

B977 at Old Aberdeen Road, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire

A930 at Dalhousie/Monifieth Road, Broughty Ferry

A832 at Station/Toll Road, Avoch, Highland

A96 west of Brodie, Moray

Springfield Road, Celtic Park, Glasgow

A72 on Carlisle Road, Ferniegair/Allanton, near Hamilton

Edgefauld Road, Petershill, Glasgow

Newton Street, Greenock.


The cameras were announced as part of the Scottish Government’s new Road Safety Framework to 2030 which sets a new target of zero road deaths by 2050.

Last year, 168 people were killed, seven more than in 2018 after reaching a new low of 145 in 2017.

The 2019 figure is half the total in 2003, and less than one third of the 1990 total of 546.

Mr Matheson said: "An exercise has been completed to identify new sites that would benefit from safety camera enforcement.

"Our investment of £675,000 will improve speed limit compliance, encourage better driver behaviour and reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured across the road network.”

The Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency said cameras were “proven to improve road safety by encouraging improved driver behaviour and speed limit compliance.

"This ultimately leads to fewer people being killed or injured on Scotland’s roads.

"Other benefits which safety cameras can deliver include reduced incident frequency and impact, and improved journey time reliability.”

The IAM RoadSmart motoring group said the cameras were a “small but important start” towards the 2050 zero deaths taget.

Neil Greig, its Scotland-based policy and research director said: “Average speed cameras tend to be a more effective tool but there is still a role for a site-by-site approach if speeding has been identified as the main problem at a location.

"Changing entrenched human behaviour will always be the key challenge.

“With flatlining in road death, drink drive and speeding statistics for almost a decade, real progress is still some way off.”]]>
Public Forum Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:01:22 +0000
Subject: Braidbar Nursery Class closes as contact tracing gets underway - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46936-braidbar-nursery-class-closes-as-contact-tracing-gets-underway#46936 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46936-braidbar-nursery-class-closes-as-contact-tracing-gets-underway#46936
By Jacob Nicol
Reporter

A NURSERY in East Renfrewshire has temporarily closed after a positive coronavirus case was identified.

Contact tracing is being carried out by a Test and Protect team at the pre-school in Braidbar Primary, Giffnock, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

Bosses at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have said there is currently no evidence of transmission within the school itself.

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesperson told Barrhead News: "Following notification of a positive test linked to Braidbar Nursery Class, we made colleagues at Public Health aware and are following all necessary procedures.

"In line with the guidance provided by Public Health, the nursery has been closed temporarily.

"Parents have also been informed of the measures we are taking.”

Due to the current lockdown restrictions in East Renfrewshire, any close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 are being advised that they and all those in their household group should self-isolate for 14 days.

Further information on coronavirus is available on the NHS Inform website at nhsinform.scot/]]>
Public Forum Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:27:28 +0000
Subject: Temporary Road Restrictions – Alloway Drive, Turnberry Drive and Dunure Drive Newton Mearns - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46931-temporary-road-restrictions--alloway-drive-turnberry-drive-and-dunure-drive-newton-mearns#46931 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46931-temporary-road-restrictions--alloway-drive-turnberry-drive-and-dunure-drive-newton-mearns#46931
The works are scheduled to be carried out in four phases commencing Monday 5 October until Friday 30 October 2020 with no planned week end working. The closures are anticipated to be in force only during the Contractor’s working hours of 0900 and 1600.

Vehicular access to properties during and within the extents of the closure may be permitted by the contractor on site when it is possible to do so in conjunction with the works going on at the time. Pedestrian access and access for emergency vehicles attending an incident will be maintained at all times.]]>
Public Forum Sun, 06 Sep 2020 17:59:23 +0000
Subject: Temporary Road Restrictions – Meadowhill & Teawell Road, Newton Mearns - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46930-temporary-road-restrictions--meadowhill-a-teawell-road-newton-mearns#46930 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46930-temporary-road-restrictions--meadowhill-a-teawell-road-newton-mearns#46930
The works are scheduled to be carried out from Monday 19 October until Friday 30 October 2020 with the closures anticipated to be in force only during the Contractor’s working hours of 0900 and 1600 with no planned week-end working.

Vehicular access to properties within the extents of the closure may be permitted by the contractor on site only when it is possible to do so in conjunction with the works going on at the time. Access for emergency vehicles attending an incident and pedestrians will be maintained at all times.]]>
Public Forum Sun, 06 Sep 2020 17:58:13 +0000
Subject: We must learn to live with the inconsistencies of lockdown - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46928-we-must-learn-to-live-with-the-inconsistencies-of-lockdown#46928 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46928-we-must-learn-to-live-with-the-inconsistencies-of-lockdown#46928
- Dani Garavelli

There was a palpable and understandable sense of injustice when Nicola Sturgeon announced partial local lockdowns in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire last week.
By The Newsroom
Sunday, 6th September 2020, 7:30 am

For a while now, this has felt like a two-tier pandemic. For some, life has returned to near normal – school, shopping, foreign holidays, nights at the pub. But for others, the world continues to be a difficult and scary place, dominated by fear of possible infection from every fleeting personal encounter. It is easy to see how the latter group might come to resent the former group, even when they are abiding by the rules; but particularly when they are not.

There has been much talk of young people having house parties and – though it’s probably over-stated – it’s not all a media confection. The notorious 300-strong rave in Midlothian was a commercial event rather than an informal social function. But if the Scottish government felt it necessary to grant fresh powers to the police to break up gatherings of more than 15, we can assume there was a problem.

So, when the First Minister revealed that – unlike in Aberdeen, where it was focused on the hospitality industry – the latest local lockdown would involve a ban on two households meeting under the same domestic roof of course it felt as if those who had been obeying the rules were being punished for the sins of others. As if a crackdown on safe encounters between close friends and family was the price being paid for the failure to control the wayward behaviour of a minority.

The fact pubs and restaurants were to remain open – so rule-breakers could party on – added insult to injury, fuelling suspicions the economy was being prioritised over the well-being of the old and isolated. “How come you can get blitzed in the pub on Saturday night, but you can’t have your granny over for Sunday dinner?” was the question on many lips, while cynics muttered: “Where there’s a till, there’s a way.”

Sturgeon tried hard to set the record straight. She said data – gathered through test and protect – showed spread in and between households was driving transmission in these local authority areas. Thus the restriction on household gatherings – where social distancing is more difficult – was the most sensible option.

She went on to set out why, counterintuitively, meeting, even in small groups in a house – where crockery might be shared and hugs exchanged – could be more risky than meeting in a pub or restaurant complying with the current pandemic regulations.
Denying the partial lockdown was aimed solely at house parties, she said: “There may be an element of that but it is also about family transmission in smaller household gatherings.”

The First Minister’s words provided a degree of reassurance; but not complete clarity. Perhaps the pandemic has made such clarity unrealistic. Everywhere we look there are apparent inconsistencies. What was the point of banning care home visits when residents, who had tested positive, were being returned from hospital? Why can children mingle without social distancing, at school, but not with social distancing in each other’s homes? Why do those returning from Greece – where the infection rate is 14 per 100,000 – to West Dunbartonshire – where the infection rate is 32 per 100,000 – have to quarantine?

The politicians insist they are following the science – as they ought to – but Covid-19 is new and complex, and the science is constantly shifting. In the beginning, there was no evidence of human to human transmission, and then there was.


Those who were Covid-19-positive, but asymptomatic could not pass it on, and then they could. Masks were ineffective, and then they were compulsory. This is not a criticism. It’s the way science works, but it does mean there will always be a niggling doubt about whether this week’s guidance is definitive.


Nor does everyone interpret the same science in the same way. Last week, British holidaymakers in Greece faced different quarantine rules depending on whether they lived in Scotland, England or Wales. This is not confusing in the sense that the three countries have taken different approaches on devolved issues for many years now. And presumably those holidaymakers know which country they are returning to. But the fact three governments can look at the same science and reach different conclusions is a reminder that – however hard politicians apply themselves – some of their decisions will be if not arbitrary, then at least arguable.

While I have no reason to doubt Sturgeon’s words, what we are told at the briefings does not always tally with our own experiences. For example, in East Renfrewshire at least one restaurant has closed as a result of a Covid-19 outbreak, while several others have experienced individual cases. This does not mean that those who want to close restaurants are right and the First Minister is wrong. But it does mean there may be some cognitive dissonance to overcome before the wisdom of her rulings will be accepted.

Furthermore, the empirical evidence on testing suggests demand exceeds capacity. Since the schools went back – prompting an inevitable upsurge in colds – the phone-lines have been jammed with the parents of children who have been told they can’t return to the classroom until they have been assessed for Covid-19. Some of those looking for tests have been advised to drive hundreds of miles to get them. Some of those who have had tests are waiting up to a week for results. All this has a knock-on effect . It means parents cannot work; it means elderly people have to fend without their carers, but it also means faith in the system is undermined.

Add to this – fresh from the US Culture wars – a small but vociferous band of mask-refusers, and a general weariness with the ups and downs of pandemic life, and no wonder people appear less eager to comply with lockdown this time round.


But comply we must.]]>
Public Forum Sun, 06 Sep 2020 17:29:57 +0000
Subject: Provost Fletcher breaking COVID 19 Rules ? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46927-provost-fletcher-breaking-covid-19-rules-#46927 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46927-provost-fletcher-breaking-covid-19-rules-#46927
He was at an event to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, which was very honourable.

However questions have been raised regarding the alleged lack of social distancing engaged for the photo shoot.

FACTS have been in force since well before that date and continue today.

Some wonder if it is understandable why East Renfrewshire has new restrictions imposed on its residents due to Covid 19.

Remember FACTS for a safer Scotland:

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)
A – Avoid crowded places
C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible
T – Two metres – observe physical distancing
S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms

To view the photo, click on this link

www.facebook.com/104515304655337/photos/.../?type=3&theater

"The First Minister said: “The virus is spreading again - in the West of Scotland especially - and the rise in cases in these three areas is a particular concern.

“Our data suggests that spread in and between households is driving much of the transmission just now.

“Clinical advice is that restricting household gatherings indoors - where it is most difficult to keep physical distance - is vital.

“Coupled with the extended advice on isolation for anyone with potential exposure to the virus, we hope these targeted measures will be sufficient to prevent further spread - if people comply with them."

Provost Fletcher has been asked to comment.]]>
Public Forum Sun, 06 Sep 2020 15:56:24 +0000
Subject: Full Council (Virtual) Meeting - Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 7.00 pm - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46926-full-council-virtual-meeting-wednesday-9-september-2020-at-700-pm#46926 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46926-full-council-virtual-meeting-wednesday-9-september-2020-at-700-pm#46926 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:4 September 2020
When calling please ask for:
Eamonn Daly (0141-577-3023)e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO: 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.

EAST RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL

A meeting of the East Renfrewshire Council will be held

on Wednesday 9 September2020 at 7.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Yours faithfully

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

PROGRAMME OF BUSINESS

1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of Interest.

3.Submit for approval as a correct record and signature the Minute of meeting of the Council held on 24 June 2020.

4.Submit for approval as a correct record the Minutes of meetings for the period 25 June to 8 September 2020.

5.Items Remitted to the Council

(i)Annual Treasury Management Report 2019/20 - Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 3 - 16)

Audit& Scrutiny Committee – 13 August 2020).
Audit & Scrutiny Committee Recommendation

That the Council:-

(a)note the report; and

(b)approve the organisations specified in the report for the investment of surplus funds.

(ii)General Fund Capital Programme 2020/21 - Report by Chief Financial Officer (copy attached, pages 17 - 42)

(Cabinet – 27 August 2020).

Cabinet Recommendation That the Council approve the movements within the General Fund Capital Programme 2020/21.

(iii)Housing Capital Programme 2020/21 – Joint Report by Chief Financial Officer and Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 43 – 50 51 - ).

Cabinet Recommendation That the Council approve the movements within the Housing Capital Programme 2020/21.

6.Statements by Conveners/Representatives on Joint Boards/Committees.

7.Annual Statement on Adequacy of Governance, Risk Management and InternalControl Systems – Report by Audit & Scrutiny Committee (copy attached,pages 51 - 56)

You can get further details on Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/full-council-090920

You can read papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/2064/F...m=637347460164930000

You can read minutes here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/2067/F...m=637347464290630000

and here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/2081/F...m=637347460871670000]]>
Public Forum Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:34:47 +0000
Subject: Financial shortfall in East Renfrewshire ? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46925-financial-shortfall-in-east-renfrewshire-#46925 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46925-financial-shortfall-in-east-renfrewshire-#46925
4/9/2020

Financial shortfall in East Renfrewshire won’t be as bad as first feared

East Renfrewshire Council is reporting a “significant improvement” in its financial position after early forecasts had suggested an £8m shortfall due to coronavirus.

By Drew Sandelands - Local Democracy Reporting Service

Friday, 4th September 2020, 12:13 pm

The latest monitoring report presented to the council’s cabinet members revealed the predicted overspend is now under £3m by the end of the financial year.

A council officer said both confirmed and anticipated government funding had altered the figure.

“I’m glad there’s a significant improvement on the position we reported on June 24,” she said.

“On the basis of the latest information, the year end overspend we are predicting just now is £2.842m.

“That’s just over one percent of the annual budget.”

The overspend of over £8m had been forecast in a report to the cabinet at the end of June.

The new “much smaller” predicted overspend reflects “quite a few changes”, the council officer added.

She said: “Both confirmed changes in the level of government funding and anticipated other government funding to address the Covid pressures.

“In particular assumptions on the latest consequential announcements from the UK Government back in July, which haven’t yet been confirmed.”

The council is also waiting on more information on a UK Government announcement of a scheme to replace income lost by local authorities due to the pandemic.

It “has not yet been translated into an amount”.

The council officer said: “We’ve had to just make the best assumptions we can as to how much additional grant we will get from these sources.

“We are looking a bit more hopeful and we do have increased clarity now on the requirements for the reopening of schools.

“The children are back 100 percent of the time now.

“In June we were trying to plan for all scenarios, blended learning and part-time accommodation. That was going to be even more costly.”

The council is “still in discussion”, via COSLA, with the Scottish and UK Governments about funding.

“If all else fails we’ve still got a bit of reserves, not as much as we have had,” the officer said

“This forecast could be subject to change if the government funding levels that we are anticipating aren’t in line with our forecast.”

She said there could also be change if there is a second spike of Covid or if the economic downturn “hits a bit harder”, particularly when the furlough scheme ends.

Council leader Tony Buchanan added: “I think it is a significantly improved picture since the one at the end of June but again one with an element of warning across it.

“A lot of it is still dependent on how things continue to move forward, whether that is through additional resources that we are able to receive or indeed whether there are changes because of the pandemic.”]]>
Public Forum Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:21:59 +0000
Subject: Appointments Committee Meeting - Director of Education Interviews - 7 September 2020 at 9am - within the Ballroom, Eastwood House, Eastwood Park - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46921-appointments-committee-meeting-director-of-education-interviews-7-september-2020-at-9am-within-the-ballroom-eastwood-house-eastwood-park#46921 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46921-appointments-committee-meeting-director-of-education-interviews-7-september-2020-at-9am-within-the-ballroom-eastwood-house-eastwood-park#46921 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: 02 September 2020
When calling please ask for: Liona Allison 0141 577 3033
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO: Councillors Paul O’Kane (Chair), Tony Buchanan, Colm Merrick, Stewart Miller and Gordon Wallace.

APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE – DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

A meeting of the Appointments Committee will be held within the Ballroom, Eastwood House, Eastwood Park, Giffnock on

Monday 7 September 2020 at 9.00am.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AGENDA

1. Report apologies for absence.

2. Declarations of Interest.Resolution to Exclude Press and Public

It is recommended that the Committee pass the following resolution:- "That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 7A of the Act".

3. Director of Education – Interviews (Pack containing interview guidance, assessment forms, Job advertisement, Job Description, Person Specification, and application forms attached).

You can read further details on Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/appoiintments-committee-070920]]>
Public Forum Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:15:50 +0000