East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:38:02 +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: The Council does not want you to see this Council commissioned Business and Financial Review of the Leisure Trust - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46130-the-council-does-not-want-you-to-see-this-council-commissioned-business-and-financial-review-of-the-leisure-trust?limit=6&start=12#46130 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46130-the-council-does-not-want-you-to-see-this-council-commissioned-business-and-financial-review-of-the-leisure-trust?limit=6&start=12#46130
East Renfrewshire Council commissioned a Business and Financial Review of the Culture and Leisure Trust (undertaken by Solace in Business).



The report was requested by East Renfrewshire Council because it was made public that -

'East Renfrewshire Council had to bail out its struggling Culture and Leisure Trust.'



There were specific financial implications during the year.

A projected overspend of £277,000 for the year 2017/18 was forecast in the Trust’s financial monitoring report and the council agreed to plug the funding gap.

The Cabinet were informed a ‘letter of comfort’ had to be written to allow the Trust to continue providing services in its sports facilities, libraries and community spaces, including the Barrhead Foundry.

An increase in funding from the council was also confirmed in a letter to the Trust.

ERC and members of the Trust had talks over a new management agreement as the current deal comes to an end this year.

In a report to the cabinet, the council’s head of accountancy, Margaret McCrossan, claimed it was “necessary to issue a letter of comfort to the Trust” to allow provision and development of services.

Ms McCrossan also confirmed that an additional £239,000 has been set aside to support the Trust.

A planned savings target of £110,000 has also been deferred.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:40:54 +0000
Subject: ERC offer Free Gym Membership - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46126-erc-offer-free-gym-membership#46126 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46126-erc-offer-free-gym-membership#46126
They will be working with Help for Heroes to identify Armed Forces and Military Veterans who would benefit from this facility.

This initiative was announced by the Convener Cllr Colm Merrick at the full Council meeting.]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:34:42 +0000
Subject: Parents forced to pay nursery bills up to £3000 because councils refuse funding - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46125#46125 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46125#46125
Parents in parts of Scotland face bills of up to £3,000 because councils are refusing nursery funding for four-year-old children who postpone starting primary school.

A new survey has revealed that 139 applications for funding were rejected by 14 local authorities in 2019-20. Seven councils approved proportionately fewer applications than in 2018-19 with significant drops in East Renfrewshire and East Lothian.

As a result, parents in these areas must find thousands of pounds to pay for nursery education while parents in the rest of Scotland get funding. This is “unacceptable”, say campaigners, who are urging ministers to ensure funding is available to everyone by the start of the next school year in August 2020.

All parents have the right to defer entry to the first year of primary school, if their child is aged four when due to start school. But not all are guaranteed funding to allow their child to continue in nursery.

Children born in January or February are automatically entitled to an additional year of funding for nursery. But families of children born between August and December must apply to their local authority and, if refused, face funding the cost themselves.

One parent told The Ferret that the cost of failing to secure continuing nursery funding can run to thousands of pounds. Catherine Nisbet wanted to defer the start of primary school for her four-year-old boy, Harry, but had her application for nursery funding turned down by East Renfrewshire Council.

Her family now funds a nursery place, leading to an additional cost of just under £230 per month for the rest of the school year. Catherine’s husband, Robert, works additional overtime in order to help pay the bill.

It is really difficult for us to see other kids in the same nursery being funded by the council.

“It is really difficult for us to see other kids in the same nursery being funded by the council,” said Nisbet, “whilst we as a family are having to pay for my son to attend – all because he was born nine days too early for automatic funding.”

All councils were asked under freedom of information law how many applications for nursery funding for deferring primary school they had accepted or rejected for 2019-20. East Renfrewshire rejected 10 of 22 applications, while East Lothian rejected 11 of 19 applications.

Edinburgh rejected 38 applications, Perth and Kinross 16, Aberdeenshire 14, West Lothian 14. Four councils – Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and Stirling – all rejected seven applications.

Seven councils refused a higher proportion of applications in 2019-20 than in 2018-19. They were East Renfrewshire, East Lothian, Glasgow, Perth and Kinross, Aberdeenshire, North Ayrshire and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar.

In contrast, 11 councils increased the proportion of funding applications they granted, while 18 granted all applications including Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Aberdeen, Falkirk and Highland. A total of 1,192 applications were made in 2019-20 and 1,053 were granted.

Councils rejecting nursery funding applications in 2019-20
Local Authority Applications Rejected Compared to 2018-19
Scotland 1192 139
Edinburgh 97 38 more accepted
Perth & Kinross 81 16 slightly more rejected
Aberdeenshire 56 14 slightly more rejected
West Lothian 65 14 slightly more accepted
East Lothian 19 11 more rejected
East Renfrewshire 22 10 more rejected
Glasgow 88 7 slightly more rejected
North Lanarkshire 42 7 more accepted
Stirling 21 7 more accepted
East Dunbartonshire 20 7 not known
Dundee City 47 3 slightly more accepted
Fife 41 3 slightly more accepted
North Ayrshire 28 1 slightly more rejected
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 6 1 more rejected
Source: council freedom of information responses
The survey was carried out by the Give Them Time campaign, which is seeking universal access to nursery funding for all children who delay going to primary school. Today – 6 November 2019 – is the first anniversary of the launch of its campaign.

The campaign has won a commitment from Scottish ministers to ensure that all children who defer primary school will have access to funding. But it is unclear when that will take effect.

The minister for children, Maree Todd MSP, told the Scottish Parliament on 2 October 2019 that legislation would be introduced to give universal access to funding. But she was criticised by Labour’s education spokesperson, Iain Gray MSP, for failing to commit to having funding in place by next August.

“The postcode lottery of funding for children who defer entry is unacceptable, but the truth is local authorities are implementing the law, which in this case is an ass,” Gray said.

“It gives parents the right to decide to defer then allows local authorities to choose whether to fund nursery hours or not. Parliament has clearly instructed SNP ministers to change the law.”

He added: “But they are now dragging their feet on making the change so families who defer next year will benefit. That is frankly ridiculous as it is a small legislative change, but potentially very important for the families involved.”

Patricia Anderson from Give Them Time welcomed the minister’s promise to end “the current postcode and birthdate lottery” of nursery funding. “But many families in Scotland stand to miss out in the coming months, which could cost them almost £3,000 if interim arrangements are not put in place for 2020-21,” she said.

“The ability to exercise a legal right shouldn’t potentially boil down to whether or not you can afford to do so.”

Councils stressed that requests for nursery funding for primary school deferrals were considered on an individual basis. “A number of factors are taken into account, including input from parents and carers, nursery staff, and, where appropriate, educational psychologists,” said a spokesperson for East Renfrewshire Council.

“Decisions are then based on the specific educational benefits and wellbeing for each individual child, therefore there is bound to be fluctuation from year to year.”

The council pointed out that the number of requests approved in 2019-20 was the most to have been granted in a single year. In 2019-20 12 of 22 applications were granted, compared to 11 of 12 applications the previous year.

We will be reviewing our guidance on deferred entry to primary school.

Applications in East Lothian Council were considered by a professional panel with “appropriate” evidence. “We will be reviewing our guidance on deferred entry to primary school,” said a council spokesperson.

“Our focus is supporting the key aspects of a child’s development and learning. Our nurseries and schools work in conjunction with families to help our children be ready for school.”

The Scottish Government confirmed that it intended to legislate for all children to continue with funded nursery education, if their parents want to defer primary school. “Work is underway with local government representatives to agree the timetable and approach,” said a government spokesperson.

“We will also continue working with local authorities and partners supporting parents and carers making deferral decisions.”

The Ferret reported in October on the “postcode lottery” of additional charges for some practical subjects in secondary schools. We also exposed concerns over the extent of multi-level teaching, where several courses are taught in the same class at once.

This story was updated at 12.45 on 6 November 2019 to add the word “proportionately” in the second paragraph, after discussions with East Renfrewshire Council.]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:51:25 +0000
Subject: ERC Roads Dept - Scottish Water - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby Glen - Work to commence January 2020 for 14 months - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46124-erc-roads-dept-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46124 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46124-erc-roads-dept-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46124 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 09:21
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi

Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

A Section of Linwood Ave and Viaduct Rd is to be closed for approx. 12 months from early 2020 to early 2021.

This is major work and will cause major disruption to residents living in Linwood Ave.

It has been proposed that as a benefit for the disruption suffered, after the work is completed Viaduct Rd, will be resurfaced.

Linwood Ave is in a very poor state of repair. It is due to be resurfaced.

If would appear sensible if Viaduct Rd is to be resurfaced then Linwood Ave(especially the section to be closed) be resurfaced at the same time.

I would appreciate if residents in Linwood Ave also benefit from the disruption caused and would appreciate that Linwood Ave (especially the section to be closed) is resurfaced after the work is done.

As with Viaduct Rd, Linwood Ave would also benefit from the installation of the new street lights. When can this be done?

I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.

This will be a disruptive time for over a year for all residents.

Your help with this matter will be appreciated.


------ Original Message ------
To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 4 Nov, 2019 At 16:25
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails and also give an update on what progress you have made.

Thanks

------ Original Message ------
From: "*Roads" <* This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Tuesday, 5 Nov, 2019 At 12:20
Subject: RE: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Good Afternoon

I can confirm receipt of your email below and advise that this has been logged and given reference no 2124379.

The points raised will be investigated and you will be contacted shortly.

Gillian Thomson
Business Support Assistant
Environmental Services & Roads
1st Floor, 2 Spiersbridge Way
Spiersbridge Business Park
Thornliebank
G46 8NG

------ Original Message ------
From: "*Roads" <* This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Wednesday, 6 Nov, 2019 At 14:21
Subject: 2124379 - - Viaduct rd/Linwood Avenue - Surfacing/footway & Street Lighting

Thank you for your email of 24th October regarding the above.

As you have indicated there are plans for Viaduct Road to be resurfaced by Scottish Water following their works which are due for completion in Dec 2020.

As previously indicated whilst Viaduct Road and Overlee Road are relatively high on our list of priorities for resurfacing, Linwood Avenue is in a much better condition and is lower on our priority list.

It is anticipated that the resurfacing of Overlee Road will be included in our 2020/21 programme of works, subject to final assessment of all potential schemes in Feb/March 2020 and given that Scottish Water are funding the resurfacing work in Viaduct Rd it is my intention to also include the resurfacing of Linwood Avenue in financial year 2020/21 to coincide with the works on Overlee Road, again this is subject to final assessment and scheme prioritisation in Feb/March next year.

With regards to the street lighting, the works in Viaduct Rd were prioritised to accommodate the Scottish Water works and we do have plans to upgrade the street lights in Linwood Avenue also and are liaising with Scottish Water regarding the timing of that work so as to minimise disruption to residents.

At present the plan is to carry out these works before Christmas this year in advance of Scottish Water works commencing but this is subject to our Contractors resources being available and is weather dependent.

I note your request for a new footway to be installed on the south side of Viaduct Rd between No 16 Viaduct Rd and No 27 Linwood Avenue at the access to the core path leading towards Overlee Park, a distance of approximately 70 linm – we will investigate this in terms of the practicalities of construction and the potential costs and if feasible will include it for consideration in a future works programme.

Regards
Jane
Jane Corrie
Roads & Transportation Controller
East Renfrewshire Council
Unit 2 Spiersbridge Business Park
Thornliebank
G46 8NG]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:16:27 +0000
Subject: Amey/Scottish Water - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby Glen - Work to commence January 2020 for 14 months - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46123-ameyscottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46123 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46123-ameyscottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46123 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 09:29
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi

Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

I attended your event in the Duff Memorial Hall on Wed 23 October 2019.

A Section of Linwood Ave and Viaduct Rd is to be closed for approx. 12 months from early 2020 to early 2021.

This is major work and will cause major disruption to residents living in Linwood Ave.

It has been proposed that as a benefit for the disruption suffered, after the work is completed Viaduct Rd, will be resurfaced.

Linwood Ave is in a very poor state of repair. It is due to be resurfaced.

If would appear sensible if Viaduct Rd is to be resurfaced then Linwood Ave(especially the section to be closed) be resurfaced at the same time.

I would appreciate if residents in Linwood Ave also benefit from the disruption caused and would appreciate that Linwood Ave (especially the section to be closed) is resurfaced after the work is done.

As with Viaduct Rd, Linwood Ave would also benefit from the installation of the new street lights. When can this be done?

I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.

This will be a disruptive time for over a year for all residents.

I have contacted East Renfrewshire Council Councillors and Roads Dept regarding this matter.

Your help with this matter will be appreciated.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Scottish Water" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 09:31
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen Case Number: CAS-969330-Y2J6L CRM:001300251677

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thanks for getting in touch with Scottish Water.

We have opened a new case CAS-969330-Y2J6L in response to your email and assigned it our Customer Engagement Centre.

Should you need to follow up on this case, please contact us with reference CAS-969330-Y2J6L.

Thank you,

Customer Engagement Centre 
Scottish Water
Web - www.scottishwater.co.uk



------ Original Message ------
From: "Scottish Water" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 15:15
Subject: RE: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen CRM:068300004374

Thank you for the email.

In regards to the resurfacing works to Lindwood Avenue, we have put this enquiry over to our alliance partners who are carrying out this Capital Project.

For the street lights this is something that would need taken up with the local authority as we have no involvement in these.

Once we have a response from our team we will let you know.

Many thanks,
Erin Hyles.
Customer Engagement Centre | Customer Service

------ Original Message ------
To: "Scottish Water" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 16:44
Subject: RE: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen CRM:068300004374

Hi

Thanks for this. Your help is appreciated.

You did not mention this work -

'I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.'

Does it come under the 'resurfacing' ?

Thanks

------ Original Message ------
From: "McColgan, Nicole" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 28 Oct, 2019 At 09:47
Subject: Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Just an email to make you aware that I have passed your details and query over to the project manager for this particular job.

He will look into this and be back in touch ASAP,

Kind Regards

Nicole McColgan|Customer Communications Advisor
aBV, Pavilion 2,
Buchanan Gate Business Park,
Stepps, Glasgow,
G33 6FB

------ Original Message ------
From: "McColgan, Nicole" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 4 Nov, 2019 At 14:17
Subject: FW: CAS-969330 - CRM:066600001032

Thank you for your email regarding the work starting early 2020 in Viaduct Road.

We appreciate that the upcoming work will cause inconvenience to the local residents and our site team will help minimise the impacts of the work where possible.

I have shown the extent of the works and the reinstatement to Linwood Avenue on the map below (as up to the yellow line passed the new man hole which is shown as a red circle).

We shall only be working at the junction of Viaduct Road and Linwood Avenue and therefore only replacing the section of road that will actually be dug up.

The road closure area is extended to the junction of Victoria Crescent however local access will be provided to resident of Linwood Avenue.

I appreciate the condition of the highway on Linwood Avenue is in poor condition however it is the responsibility of the council to maintain the highway and street lighting.


We require to move the existing overhead electricity cables which services the street lighting in Viaduct Road.

This is because it would be too dangerous with diggers working in close vicinity to the live power lines so have taken the decision to replace the cables and lighting with below ground cables and new streetlights.

We shall be digging up the entire length of Viaduct Road so are regrading and replacing the whole width of the road surface.

We do agree that in and ideal world it would make common sense to extend the length of the tarmacking – however Scottish Water is a publicly owned company and therefore have to account on all project costs to the Scottish Government Auditor. The same is with the short section of pavement – this would be under the remit of the council to extend..

The auditor would question costs are going on roads which should be covered by East Renfrewshire Council Roads department – therefore we would suggest you to continue to speak to the roads department.

However, East Renfrewshire Roads department have confirmed that they have now agreed to extend the LED street lighting along your street.

They have advised that all of Linwood Avenue will see this improvement with the intention being that this is completed by the end of 2019.

Thanks
Nicole
Nicole McColgan|Customer Communications Advisor
aBV, Pavilion 2,
Buchanan Gate Business Park,
Stepps, Glasgow,
G33 6FB]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:03:01 +0000
Subject: Councillor David MacDonald - Scottish Water - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby Glen - Work to commence January 2020 for 14 months - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46122-councillor-david-macdonald-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46122 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46122-councillor-david-macdonald-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46122 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 09:19
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi David

Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

A Section of Linwood Ave and Viaduct Rd is to be closed for approx. 12 months from early 2020 to early 2021.

This is major work and will cause major disruption to residents living in Linwood Ave.

It has been proposed that as a benefit for the disruption suffered, after the work is completed Viaduct Rd, will be resurfaced.

Linwood Ave is in a very poor state of repair. It is due to be resurfaced.

If would appear sensible if Viaduct Rd is to be resurfaced then Linwood Ave(especially the section to be closed) be resurfaced at the same time.

I would appreciate if residents in Linwood Ave also benefit from the disruption caused and would appreciate that Linwood Ave (especially the section to be closed) is resurfaced after the work is done.

As with Viaduct Rd, Linwood Ave would also benefit from the installation of the new street lights. When can this be done?

I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.

This will be a disruptive time for over a year for all residents.

Your help with this matter will be appreciated.


------ Original Message ------
To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 28 Oct, 2019 At 10:52
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi David

Would appreciate in addition to below if you could give details regarding the collection and emptying of Household waste/bins during the oeriod of the road closures.


In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails.


Thanks


------ Original Message ------
To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 4 Nov, 2019 At 16:17
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi David

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails and also give an update on what progress you have made.

Thanks]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:40:45 +0000
Subject: Councillor Annette Ireland - Scottish Water - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby Glen - Work to commence January 2020 for 14 months - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46121-councillor-annette-ireland-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46121 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46121-councillor-annette-ireland-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46121 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 09:17
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Annette

Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

A Section of Linwood Ave and Viaduct Rd is to be closed for approx. 12 months from early 2020 to early 2021.

This is major work and will cause major disruption to residents living in Linwood Ave.

It has been proposed that as a benefit for the disruption suffered, after the work is completed Viaduct Rd, will be resurfaced.

Linwood Ave is in a very poor state of repair. It is due to be resurfaced.

If would appear sensible if Viaduct Rd is to be resurfaced then Linwood Ave(especially the section to be closed) be resurfaced at the same time.

I would appreciate if residents in Linwood Ave also benefit from the disruption caused and would appreciate that Linwood Ave (especially the section to be closed) is resurfaced after the work is done.

As with Viaduct Rd, Linwood Ave would also benefit from the installation of the new street lights. When can this be done?

I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.

This will be a disruptive time for over a year for all residents.

Your help with this matter will be appreciated.


Sent: 28 October 2019 10:54
To: Ireland, A (Cllr) < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Annette

Would appreciate in addition to below if you could give details regarding the collection and emptying of Household waste/bins during the period of the road closures.

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails.

Thanks

------ Original Message ------
To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 4 Nov, 2019 At 16:16
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Annette

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails and also give an update on what progress you have made.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Ireland, A (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Wednesday, 6 Nov, 2019 At 13:44
Subject: RE: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

With regard to refuse collections from Linwood Avenue, once a road closure order has been issued, and exact dates known, the aim will be to carry out all uplifts prior to 8am.

If there is any occasion this is not possible then they will return at the very next available opportunity.

I have requested information on remedial works to Viaduct Road and the junction with Linwood Avenue and will be back in touch with yourself as soon as I have these details and whether any works will be carried out on Linwood Avenue, but my understanding is that Viaduct Road alone will be resurfaced.

Regards
Cllr Annette Ireland
Ward No. 4 Clarkston, Netherlee & Williamwood
East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters,
Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock G46 6UG]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:29:24 +0000
Subject: Councillor Alan Lafferty - Scottish Water - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby Glen - Work to commence January 2020 for 14 months - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46120-councillor-alan-lafferty-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46120 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46120-councillor-alan-lafferty-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46120 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 09:16
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Alan

Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

A Section of Linwood Ave and Viaduct Rd is to be closed for approx. 12 months from early 2020 to early 2021.

This is major work and will cause major disruption to residents living in Linwood Ave.

It has been proposed that as a benefit for the disruption suffered, after the work is completed Viaduct Rd, will be resurfaced.

Linwood Ave is in a very poor state of repair. It is due to be resurfaced.

If would appear sensible if Viaduct Rd is to be resurfaced then Linwood Ave(especially the section to be closed) be resurfaced at the same time.

I would appreciate if residents in Linwood Ave also benefit from the disruption caused and would appreciate that Linwood Ave (especially the section to be closed) is resurfaced after the work is done.

As with Viaduct Rd, Linwood Ave would also benefit from the installation of the new street lights. When can this be done?

I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.

This will be a disruptive time for over a year for all residents.

Your help with this matter will be appreciated.



Sent: 28 October 2019 10:55
To: Lafferty, A (Cllr)
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Alan

Would appreciate in addition to below if you could give details regarding the collection and emptying of Household waste/bins during the period of the road closures.

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Lafferty, A (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 28 Oct, 2019 At 15:57
Subject: RE: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

I acknowledge receipt of your message below and have submitted it, Case Submitted - reference 101002126198.

I appreciate the degree of disruption in the streets that you mention that will address serious flooding of sewage experienced by some residents in the Sheddens area.

Yours sincerely,
Cllr Alan Lafferty
Labour & Co-operative Member Ward 4
Convener for Environment
East Renfrewshire Council]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:19:16 +0000
Subject: Councillor Stewart Miller - Scottish Water - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby Glen - Work to commence January 2020 for 14 months - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46119-councillor-stewart-miller-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46119 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46119-councillor-stewart-miller-scottish-water-linwood-ave-viaduct-rd-overlee-park-busby-glen-work-to-commence-january-2020-for-14-months#46119 Date:24/10/2019 09:15 (GMT+00:00)
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Stewart

Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

A Section of Linwood Ave and Viaduct Rd is to be closed for approx. 12 months from early 2020 to early 2021.

This is major work and will cause major disruption to residents living in Linwood Ave.

It has been proposed that as a benefit for the disruption suffered, after the work is completed Viaduct Rd, will be resurfaced.

Linwood Ave is in a very poor state of repair. It is due to be resurfaced.

If would appear sensible if Viaduct Rd is to be resurfaced then Linwood Ave(especially the section to be closed) be resurfaced at the same time.

I would appreciate if residents in Linwood Ave also benefit from the disruption caused and would appreciate that Linwood Ave (especially the section to be closed) is resurfaced after the work is done.

As with Viaduct Rd, Linwood Ave would also benefit from the installation of the new street lights. When can this be done?

I would also request that during the works and/or at resurfacing of Viaduct Rd, the pavement on the right hand side of the road as you face the junction of Viaduct Rd/Linwood Ave(entrance to Overlee Park) be installed and completed to join up with the existing pavement.

This will be a disruptive time for over a year for all residents.

Your help with this matter will be appreciated.


------ Original Message ------
From: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 12:42
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Dear Sir

I assume you would get the flyer from Scottish Water to let you know about the work

From that flyer, you would be informed that there was a public meeting in Busby yesterday, which I assume you will have taken full advantage to learn about what is proposed

You would have learned that Scottish Water are the contractors and it will be up to them as to who they will sub contract all their work, including the resurfacing of the roadway

You would also have learned that there is a Web site that will give you contact details to find out more

Kind regards
Stewart

------ Original Message ------
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 15:46
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi

Thanks for this.

Yes I attended the meeting.

Yes it was informative and did emphasise the major disruption that residents will incur.

It did say that the Council will be half funding the costs with the contractors to provide the benefits to the street.

As I am paying for these benefits, I would appreciate if you can put forward my request to the Council.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 24 Oct, 2019 At 15:52
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Stewart

Sorry have some additional info from Scottish Water -

'For the street lights this is something that would need taken up with the local authority as we have no involvement in these.'

Would appreciate if you can add this to the request below.

Thanks

------ Original Message ------
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 28 Oct, 2019 At 10:52
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Stewart

Would appreciate in addition to below if you could give details regarding the collection and emptying of Household waste/bins during the period of the road closures.

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails.

Thanks

-------- Original message --------
Date:04/11/2019 16:23 (GMT+00:00)
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Stewart

In light of the recent ERC email problems would appreciate if you would acknowledge receipt of these emails and also give an update on what progress you have made.

Thanks

------ Original Message ------
From: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Tuesday, 5 Nov, 2019 At 08:04
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Acknowledged


-------- Original message --------
Date:05/11/2019 10:36 (GMT+00:00)
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi Stewart

Thanks for taking the time to give the acknowledgement........but you forgot to give the requested update.

Can you give an update.

Thanks

------ Original Message ------
From: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Wednesday, 6 Nov, 2019 At 17:05
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Dear Sir

It is a fact that I forgot nothing but was waiting for a response from council officers so that I could give you a full and final response.

You will have now received a response from Jane Corrie, roads engineer on roads and lighting after a reminder from me this morning.

I have also been assured that the bin lorries will collect as normal during the works as they will be round early in the morning

I trust this closes your enquiry

Regards
Stewart


------ Original Message ------
To: "Miller, Stewart (Cllr)" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 7 Nov, 2019 At 11:10
Subject: Re: Scottish Water work 2020 to 2021 - Linwood Ave, Viaduct Rd, Overlee Park, Busby glen

Hi

Unfortunately, I am not a mind reader !

I confirm I have received email from Jane Corrie.

Again, I appreciate and thank you for helping your constituents living in Linwood Ave(although it would appear to have been given rather grudgingly).

Thanks]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:01:36 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire will fall silent to honour those who died in conflict - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46118-east-renfrewshire-will-fall-silent-to-honour-those-who-died-in-conflict#46118 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46118-east-renfrewshire-will-fall-silent-to-honour-those-who-died-in-conflict#46118 By Matt Bryan @mattbryanjourno
Reporter


SPECIAL services will take place across East Renfrewshire this weekend to mark Remembrance Sunday.

One of the main events being staged to honour fallen heroes will be in Barrhead, where a parade will leave the assembly point at the United Services Club, in Paisley Road, at 1.45pm and make its way to the war memorial in Cowan Park for a remembrance service at 2pm.

The parade will pass through Paisley Road, Cross Arthurlie Street, Main Street and Darnley Road before coming to a halt in Cowan Park.

In Neilston, a service has been organised by members of the Neilston War Memorial Association.

It takes place at Neilston Parish Church, in Main Street, at noon. Local residents are also invited to take part in a parade that will assemble in Broadlie Road at 11.45am.

The remembrance service in Newton Mearns is being organised by Newton Mearns Parish Church, together with members of the Boys’ Brigade, Scouts, Girl Guides and Brownies.

Residents are asked to gather in Moorhill Road at 10am on Sunday before walking to the church via Ayr Road.

East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher will be among those attending the event in Newton Mearns.

He will also be attending a service at the Newton Mearns Synagogue and, later in the day, will join fellow residents at the war memorial in Cowan Park as they pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“Remembrance Sunday is an important opportunity to commemorate the area’s fallen war heroes and those who were injured during conflict,” said Provost Fletcher.

“It gives all of us the opportunity to thank those many selfless men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

“I am honoured to be able to be a part of these remembrance services and pay tribute to our veterans and those who continue to serve today, as well as honouring the memory of those who lost their life at war.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 10:26:03 +0000
Subject: Watchdog highlights poor standard of care services in East Renfrewshire - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46117-watchdog-highlights-poor-standard-of-care-services-in-east-renfrewshire#46117 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46117-watchdog-highlights-poor-standard-of-care-services-in-east-renfrewshire#46117
THE “chaotic” home care service offered in East Renfrewshire left one patient praying for more funding to deal with staff shortages.

A damning Care Inspectorate report rated the care at home service provided by East Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership as “unsatisfactory” and “weak.”

Now health chiefs say a “robust” plan is in place to deliver improvements.

Kate Rocks, chief social work officer, told councillors the service was “delivering poorer outcomes than we would wish at this time.”

She added: “We do hope we will see improvements over the forthcoming year.”

The care at home service provides support to hundreds of people of all ages, with varying needs.

These include some with a physical or learning disability, people with long-term health conditions, and those living with dementia.

More than 100 questionnaires were completed by service users and their family members.

One response stated:“Because of shortage of staff, I’m often attended by a stranger, who introduces themselves, but I find it upsetting when I have to tell them what I need.

“I have no idea what can be done, apart from praying for more funding.”

The report was released following an unannounced inspection earlier this year, with the service graded as “unsatisfactory” for both care and support and management and leadership.

It was also rated as “weak” when it comes to staffing.

“Individuals spoke very highly of the support workers and their care and compassion,” said the report. “However, the service is delivering poor outcomes to service users due to lack of consistency/continuity of care, lack of communication with organisers/management and poor medication practices.”

The service has been given nine requirements and one recommendation to meet.

The improvement plan includes new processes for care, updated training on medication management and training on complaints handling.

It will also involve changes to scheduling home care, addressing recruitment and retention of staff and improving staff supervision.]]>
Public Forum Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:29:30 +0000
Subject: Award nod for East Renfrewshire Councillors - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46115-award-nod-for-east-renfrewshire-councillors#46115 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46115-award-nod-for-east-renfrewshire-councillors#46115
By Dawn Renton
Published: 08:17 Tuesday 05 November 2019

Award nod for East Renfrewshire Councillors

Two East Renfrewshire Coucillors have been shortlisted in the LGiU Scotland’s 2nd annual Councillor Awards.

Councillor Angela Convery has been nominated in the Urban Community Champion category, and Councillor David MacDonald has also been shortlisted in this category as well as for Champion for Education.

For the second year running, the Councillor Awards have been showcasing the best of local government.

The Councillor Awards are the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of individual councillors across Scotland.

Competition was extremely tight this year with nearly 100 nominations received. Some of the award categories for 2019 include Innovation and Digital and Champion for Education alongside the coveted Leader of the Year and New Councillor of the Year awards.

Following the overwhelming success of the 2018 Awards, nominations opened in early September.

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced at this year’s ceremony taking place from 6-9pm on Thursday 28th November at Edinburgh City Chambers.

This year’s awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of founding sponsors CCLA.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “For the second year running, LGiU is proud to honour the hard work of councillors across Scotland that so often goes unrecognised.

“This year’s shortlist showcases the achievements of the best and brightest councillors across Scotland.

These councillors deliver for their communities in increasingly challenging and hostile times.

Despite all of that and more, their determination and resolve has left their communities safer, stronger and healthier, thanks to their efforts.

“We would like to congratulate all of those councillors shortlisted and look forward to announcing the winners at the end of November.”]]>
Public Forum Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:10:01 +0000
Subject: Police probe targeted overnight attack on two East Renfrewshire supermarkets - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46112-police-probe-targeted-overnight-attack-on-two-east-renfrewshire-supermarkets#46112 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46112-police-probe-targeted-overnight-attack-on-two-east-renfrewshire-supermarkets#46112
Officers have closed off two supermarkets in East Renfrewshire following reports they were targeted in overnight ram-raiding incidents.

Images from the scene show police tape surrounding the Scotmid on Mearns Road, in Clarkston, after the attack, which left the front doors smashed in and parts of the interior destroyed.

Staff have been sent home for the day as detectives investigate the incident.

A branch of Londis on the same street was also attacked in the early hours of Friday morning.

A Scotmid spokesperson said: “Following the incident that happened at our Clarkston store in the early hours of this morning, we would like to thank our members and customers in the local area for their patience and understanding while we now carry out the necessary repair work."

He added: "Our aim is to reopen the store and return to business as usual as quickly as possible.”

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 02 Nov 2019 16:06:38 +0000
Subject: ERC Consultation - Local Development Plan 2 - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46111-erc-consultation-local-development-plan-2#46111 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46111-erc-consultation-local-development-plan-2#46111
This is the councils wish list for the next ten years.

Always interesting is where they consider they should permit building, if a developer should apply.

The plan and the consultation document can be accessed at Link to LDP2]]>
Public Forum Sat, 02 Nov 2019 15:58:46 +0000
Subject: ERC says - Yes to public recording of Cllrs Meeting - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46110-erc-says-yes-to-public-recording-of-cllrs-meeting#46110 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46110-erc-says-yes-to-public-recording-of-cllrs-meeting#46110
We were required to request permission before each and every meeting, despite offering to apply for longer periods and covering more meetings, which was denied by Eamonn Daly, the Clerk to the Council.

However last week the council, at the behest of the Provost agreed that there would no longer be a requirement for anyone to seek permission to sound record Full Council meetings.

Permission has now been granted and as such any visitor to the public gallery can record audio.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 02 Nov 2019 12:57:05 +0000
Subject: Full Council Meeting - Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 7.00 pm. - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46097-full-council-meeting-wednesday-30-october-2019-at-700-pm#46097 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46097-full-council-meeting-wednesday-30-october-2019-at-700-pm#46097
Date: 25 October 2019
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 within the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock,

on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 7.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Yours faithfully
Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Prior to the commencement of the meeting the Provost will make a statement that the meeting will be webcast live and recorded for later publicly accessible archive viewing.

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 11 September 2019.

4. Submit for approval as a correct record and signature the Minute of meeting of the Council held on 26 September 2019.

5.Submit for approval as a correct record the Minutes of meetings for the period12 September to 29 October 2019.

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

7.Provost’s Engagements – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached,pages 3 - 4).

8.Chief Social Work Officer Annual Report 2018/19 – Report by Chief Social WorkOfficer (copy attached, pages 5 - 54).

9.Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill - Report by Chief Executive (copy attached,pages 55 - 58).

You can read the full Agenda/papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=25382&p=0

You can read Minutes here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=25366&p=0]]>
Public Forum Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:50:22 +0000
Subject: Have your say on the future of East Renfrewshire - Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46092-have-your-say-on-the-future-of-east-renfrewshire-proposed-local-development-plan-2-ldp2#46092 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46092-have-your-say-on-the-future-of-east-renfrewshire-proposed-local-development-plan-2-ldp2#46092
Posted on the ERC WebSite -

Have your say on the future of East Renfrewshire

Public consultation now open.

Local Development Plan 2

Future development plans for East Renfrewshire, covering a range of matters including transport links, managing housing demands and protecting and enhancing the built and natural environments are now open for public consultation.

All local groups, organisations and residents will have from

Monday 21 October to

Friday 13 December

to have their say on the Council's Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) which sets out the authority's land use planning strategy.

Covering the whole of East Renfrewshire, the Proposed LDP2 will act as a framework to guide the future development, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and regeneration of East Renfrewshire up to 2029 through a strategy that focuses upon enhancing our places and communities and continued protection of the Green Belt.

The plan concentrates on protecting green spaces, regenerating our urban areas, encouraging physical activity, contributing to healthy environments, creating vibrant town centres, and sets out the Council's policies to ensure all future developments in the area are environmentally focused.

"This is such an important consultation and I would encourage all our residents to participate. LDP2 is central to delivering our vision for East Renfrewshire to be one of Scotland's finest and most vibrant areas.
This really is such an important opportunity for residents to shape the area they live and work in so please take the time to complete this consultation."

- Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener for Environment

Council Officers will also be at a number of 'drop in' events where residents can find out more about the plan.

Further details on these events will be made available during the consultation period.

The Proposed LDP2 and supporting documents can be viewed at

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/ldp2

The documents are also available at the Council offices and all the local libraries.

For further information contact our customer service team on 0141 577 3001 or visit our website.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:28:18 +0000
Subject: Mearns Primary to re-open to pupils as fire damage "limited" - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46088-mearns-primary-to-re-open-to-pupils-as-fire-damage-qlimitedq#46088 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46088-mearns-primary-to-re-open-to-pupils-as-fire-damage-qlimitedq#46088
21/10/2019

Mearns Primary to re-open to pupils as fire damage "limited"

Pupils will return to Mearns Primary School as normal tomorrow, despite fire causing damage to a wing of the building.

Four fire crews were called to the Newton Mearns school just after 7.30pm to tackle the fire, which has since been extinguished.

East Renfrewshire Council said that fire damage was limited to just one classroom, and the building has been deemed safe for occupancy.

Therefore, all primary pupils are set to return to the school tomorrow.

However, refurbishment works in the nursery could not be completed today due to the closure. It will remain closed tomorrow and re-open on Wednesday.

A council spokesperson said: "Mearns Primary open to all pupils as normal tomorrow as fire damage limited to just one class.

The nursery will be closed all day Tuesday after the completion of routine refurb work was delayed due to the fire but School open tomorrow as usual.

Nursery closed due to completion of existing planned works. Will reopen on Wednesday.will reopen on Wednesday."

Newton Mearns South and Eaglesham councillor Jim Swift said the update can be considered "good news, albeit from a bad situation".

He said: "One wing of the school (Primary 1 and 2) was affected.

Works which were planned for the nursery have been not been able to be completed because of non-access to the building today. One P2 classroom has been affected."

Mr Swift continued: "Having assessed the school, Building Control have signed it off as suitable for occupation and as such the primary school will re-open to all primary 1 to 7 pupils tomorrow morning as usual with the affected P2 class being accommodated elsewhere in the building."]]>
Public Forum Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:10:47 +0000
Subject: Fire fighters tackle blaze at Mearns Primary School in Newton Mearns - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46086-fire-fighters-tackle-blaze-at-mearns-primary-school-in-newton-mearns#46086 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46086-fire-fighters-tackle-blaze-at-mearns-primary-school-in-newton-mearns#46086

By Dawn Renton
Published: 07:59 Monday 21 October 2019


Fire fighters tackle blaze at Mearns Primary School in Newton Mearns

Fire crews tackled a blaze at Mearns Primary School in Newton Mearns last night (Sunday).

Fire fighters raced to the school on Hunter Drive at around 7.30pm.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to an incident involving an external fire and Mearns Primary School at 7.31pm yesterday evening.

Operation control mobilised four appliances to tackle the fire.”

School staff will be onsite this morning to assess the damage with East Renfrewshire Council posting on social media: “Following a fire at Mearns Primary School, education staff will be onsite again in the morning to assess any damage and update will be posted here”.

More to follow.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:51:25 +0000
Subject: Eastwood Golf Club in Newton Mearns has been purchased for more than the asking price of £750,000. - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46081#46081 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46081#46081

Dawn Renton
Published: 08:03 Friday 18 October 2019

Newton Mearns golf club sold for more than £750,000

Eastwood Golf Club in Newton Mearns has been purchased for more than the asking price of £750,000.

The Newton Mearns club declared itself insolvent and entered administration in May this year.

Farmland, a new housing estate and a refurbished pay-and-play golf course, were just some of the possible futures envisaged by potential bidders for the Par 70 course, whose club history dates back 1893.

Donald Yellowley, a partner in DM Hall’s Bridge of Allan office who oversaw the marketing process, said: “We were pleasantly surprised by the interest generated throughout the UK by this property even before the marketing process was fully under way.

“The top bidders have secured this long-established golfing establishment set in an attractive heathland location, with highly accessible road connections”.]]>
Public Forum Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:03:47 +0000
Subject: Accessing Current Council/Committee Agendas/Papers/Minutes - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46079-accessing-current-councilcommittee-agendaspapersminutes#46079 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46079-accessing-current-councilcommittee-agendaspapersminutes#46079 To: Daly, Eamonn
Subject: Council/Committee Agendas/Papers/Minutes

Hi Eamonn

Where can I find details of Current Council Meetings, Committee meetings, Agendas, papers and minutes via the Council's Web Site.

Correct me if I am wrong, but these used to be available via clicking on an section in the Your Council section of the Home page........

You could select the Committee via a drop down menu and then the Agendas, Papers and minutes would be available.

This seems to have disappeared...can you say why?

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Thursday, 17 Oct, 2019 At 14:33
Subject: RE: Council/Committee Agendas/Papers/Minutes

Thank you for your email.

The Comms Team are currently in the process of streamlining the website and this has led to some pages inadvertently being moved or no longer being displayed.

The page can still be accessed at present.

Rather than click on the “Your Council” tab at the top of the page, go to the “Your Council” box at the bottom left hand corner of the homepage and click on the “Search past agendas, reports and minutes” tab.

This will take you to the search page.

You will then see the “View agendas, reports and minutes” link in the left hand column. Click on this link and this will take you to the page.

I have been in touch with the Comms Team and asked them to reintroduce the link directly from the “Your Council” tab at the top of the home page and also to include the link in the “Your Council” box at the bottom of the page.

Kind Regards
Eamonn Daly

Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services]]>
Public Forum Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:50:00 +0000
Subject: Freedom of Information - 2 Public Bodies referred to police over suspected tampering with records - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46077-freedom-of-information-2-public-bodies-referred-to-police-over-suspected-tampering-with-records#46077 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46077-freedom-of-information-2-public-bodies-referred-to-police-over-suspected-tampering-with-records#46077
17/10/2019

By Tom Gordon Scottish Political Editor

Data watchdog refers two public bodies to police over suspected criminality

TWO organisations have been referred to the police by Scotland’s information watchdog after concerns they had they intentionally destroyed or hidden public records.

It is a criminal offence for a Scottish public authority to alter, erase, destroy or conceal records the public has a right to obtain under Freedom of Information (FoI) law .

In his annual report for 2018/19, Scottish Information Commissioner Daren Fitzhenry said he had received allegations about four public bodies engaging in such criminal conduct.

“Two of these allegations have been referred to Police Scotland,” he said.

It is not yet known which authorities are involved.

However it is a relatively rare step for the Commissioner to take.

The Commissioner also noted a sharp rise in the number of public bodies dragging their feet over responding to requests as their FoI workload increased, with staff shortages often a factor.

The number of cases in which an authority failed to respond to a request within the legal limit of 20 working days rose 56 per cent from 601 in 2017/18 to 940 in 2018/19.

The number of valid appeals rose 10% from 507 to 560, two thirds from people unhappy with answers from councils or the Scottish Government.

Appeals about public bodies failing to respond on time rose from 20% of all appeals to 26% last year.

Overall, public bodies received 83,953 FoI and Environmental Information Regulation requests in 2018/19, up 8.3% on 2017/18.

Public bodies including councils, the Government, NHS boards, universities and the police have been under a duty to open records to the public since 2005 unless there is a strong reason to withhold data, such as security or personal privacy.

Last year three-quarters of FoI requests ended with the full or partial disclosure of the information sought.

The Commmissioner also ruled in favour of requesters in two-thirds of appeals.

Mr Fitzhenry said the performance of bodies was better than public pessimism suggested.

A recent poll found only 57% of Scots were “very” or “fairly confident” they would get a response to an FoI request to information from a public body, with 38% “not very” or “not at all confident”.

Mr Fitzhenry said: “We are seeing increasing numbers of information requests being made to Scottish public authorities.

“While many are performing well, there has been a concerning increase in failures to respond to requests for information on time.

Such failures impact on people’s perception of both freedom of information and the authorities themselves.

“Public bodies improving their Freedom of Information practice will make a real difference not only to the requester’s experience but also to the authorities themselves.”

A spokesman for the Commissioner added: “Under Section 65 of the FoI Act it is an offence to alter, erase, destroy or conceal information in order to prevent disclosure under FOI.

If there is evidence an offence may have been committed (this may, for example, come to light during an investigation or as the result of an allegation made to the Commissioner), he will refer the case to Police Scotland for further investigation, and to determine whether a prosecution should be brought.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:53:20 +0000
Subject: Are there parking issues at Busby Primary School? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46076-are-there-parking-issues-at-busby-primary-school#46076 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46076-are-there-parking-issues-at-busby-primary-school#46076

Dawn Renton
Published: 09:26 Wednesday 16 October 2019


Are there parking issues at Busby Primary School?

Concerns have been raised over parking issues in Busby.

Resident Mr Walker has concerns over the influx of cars in and around Busby Primary Schhol and nursery.

He has called on East Renfrewshire Council to help parents and carers plan the school drop off, if they are bringing a car with them to the school.

His suggestions include asking staff, parents and contractors to leave their cars at home, or park away from the school area and make use of public transport.

His more radical ideas such the council subsidising bus tickets, creating a drop off zone at Williamwood High School with pupils then being ferried by mini bus to Busby School, and making the area around Busby Primary a no go zone for cars would not be feasible.


Mr Walker has also asked for an information sheet, in conjunction with Busby school, be available so that people coming to the area know where to park.

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesman said: “Safety of pupils when travelling to school is an absolute priority and we continue to promote a range of initiatives to encourage families to leave their cars at home.

“If parents are bringing their child by car, it is important that drivers remember parking restrictions are in place around schools to help ensure a safe environment for children, and to allow other road users freedom of movement.

“We regularly remind parents and carers to park appropriately and observe the restrictions which are in place.”]]>
Public Forum Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:07:13 +0000
Subject: Start date announced for £60m Newton Mearns retirement village - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46075#46075 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46075#46075

Dawn Renton
Published: 07:00 Wednesday 16 October 2019


Start date announced for £60m Newton Mearns retirement village

Construction work on Scotland’s first dedicated luxury retirement village at Newton Mearns is to begin in the first quarter of next year.

The £60m self-contained development will be built on a 17-acre countryside setting overlooking the city and will be named “The Hills at Whitecraigs”.

Developer Scotsbridge Holdings, which has received full planning consent for the project, is now targeting other suitable locations in Scotland for similar developments, supported by a pipeline of overseas investment.
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The Hills at Whitecraigs will provide a complete approach to retirement living with luxury suites and facilities designed to encourage healthy living and wellbeing.

Life at the village will centre around a central two-storey club house, containing a bar, cafe and community facilities. The village will boast tidal pools, spa facilities, a fitness suite, multi-use spaces for community events, a contemporary restaurant and function suites.

The Hills at Whitecraigs project is the first of its kind in Scotland and will comprise 214 one and two-bedroom flats, 38 cottages (252 dwellings in total) and an 80-bed care home.

Aimed specifically at over 55s, it will promote a more holistic approach to residents’ health and wellbeing through its design and landscaping, with a high density of trees and water features, and specific facilities such as a bowling green.

Scotsbridge director Shazad Bakhsh said: “As people live longer there is growing demand for high quality accommodation that will meet their changing needs, but also help them to enjoy a full, active and varied lifestyle.

“The Hills at Whitecraigs will set new standards for luxury living for over 55s with a strong emphasis on and health and wellbeing. What we plan to offer our residents is much more than a traditional retirement facility and we want to change how people in Scotland look at later living.

“We’re proposing to break ground on the development in the first quarter of 2020 and are targeting the first phase of the residential units to be completed by third quarter of 2021.”

An independent economic impact study conducted earlier this year estimated that the development will support more than 365 permanent jobs during the next 30 years and contribute more than £74m to the local economy within that timeframe.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:03:08 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Committee Meeting - Thursday, 24 October 2019 at 10.00am - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46069-cabinet-committee-meeting-thursday-24-october-2019-at-1000am#46069 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46069-cabinet-committee-meeting-thursday-24-october-2019-at-1000am#46069
CABINET

A meeting of the Cabinet will be held in the Council Chamber, East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock

on Thursday, 24 October 2019 at 10.00am.

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.

3.Estimated Revenue Budget Out-turn 2019/20

– Report by Chief Financial Officer(copy attached, pages 3 - 38).

4.Housing Services Performance Report 2018/19 and Annual Assurance Statement(Scottish Social Housing Charter)

- Report by Director of Environment (copyattached, pages 39 - 56).

5.Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2020-25 and Council New Build Programme

-Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 57 - 64).

6.Write–Off of Irrecoverable Former Tenant Rent and Court Expenses

– Report byDirector of Environment (copy attached, pages 65 - 68).

7.Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

– Report by Chief Officer -Legal & Procurement (copy attached, pages 69 - 70).

You can read the full Agenda/Papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=25279&p=0]]>
Public Forum Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:43:07 +0000