East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:57:34 +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: Sit on the fence -why don't you ! - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42149-sit-on-the-fence-why-dont-you-?limit=6&start=6#42149 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42149-sit-on-the-fence-why-dont-you-?limit=6&start=6#42149
He was recently asked to assist with a concern regarding Thornliebank Community Council.

We will post the correspondence and leave you to judge if he has answered the concerns, or sat on the fence?]]>
Public Forum Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:52:05 +0000
Subject: Lack of buses cuts Barrhead off from Glasgow, claims resident - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42145-lack-of-buses-cuts-barrhead-off-from-glasgow-claims-resident#42145 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42145-lack-of-buses-cuts-barrhead-off-from-glasgow-claims-resident#42145
Jonathon Reilly @jonathonjreilly
Junior Reporter

A BARRHEAD resident claims the town is being cut off from Scotland’s largest city because of its failing bus system.

Phil Mews has insisted buses which travel to neighbouring Paisley every 10 minutes must be reduced and replaced with services to Glasgow.

The professional writer, who lives in Auchenback, labelled the frequency with which bus operators run services to Paisley as “nonsensical” when compared with those to Glasgow or Silverburn.

Travelling to and from Govan for work has left Phil desperate to find a solution – and he believes a tweak here and there by bus operator McGill’s could solve the problem.

He told the Barrhead News: “I gave up my car a year ago to use public transport because I work in Glasgow and parking is so poor but also so that I could be more environmentally friendly.

“The frustration is there are two buses an hour from Auchenback to Glasgow and it’s a big centre of employment.

“Whereas, buses run every 10 minutes to Paisley.

“And I don’t believe as many work in Paisley as Glasgow or Silverburn – it’s nonsensical.

“Part of the problem is the buses finish ridiculously early. The buses back are few and far between.”

Explaining how he’d like the problem to be tackled, Phil said: “What I’m suggesting is reduce services to Paisley and allocate them to Silverburn – even just one every 20 minutes.

“I don’t think it would be a big deal to take one bus an hour out of the Paisley service.

“It would make a big difference to the people of Auchenback and Barrhead.”

David Allison, of East Renfrewshire Greens, said the issue of poor bus connections came up time and time again during his council election campaign.

He added: “Local authorities in connecting councils need to work together to ensure that there’s a public transport network in place that’s useful, affordable and environmentally friendly.”

However, McGill’s is unwilling to alter its services due to costs.

A spokeswoman for the bus company said: “McGill’s currently offers a half-hourly service to Silverburn and Glasgow city centre from Auchenback on our Service 3.

“There are no plans to increase the frequency to every 20 minutes.

“At present, we have five buses committed to delivering the half-hourly service.

“To move it to every 20 minutes would require two additional buses, at a cost of around £300,000 a year.

“In these straitened times, we cannot consider the additional costs these extra buses would bring to the business.

“Our Service 51 between Auchenback and Paisley is well used and there are no immediate plans to alter its frequency.”]]>
Public Forum Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:29:34 +0000
Subject: Rouken Glen Park launches crackdown on dog fouling - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42144-rouken-glen-park-launches-crackdown-on-dog-fouling#42144 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42144-rouken-glen-park-launches-crackdown-on-dog-fouling#42144
Jonathon Reilly @jonathonjreilly
Junior Reporter

DOG walkers who take their pets on strolls through Rouken Glen Park are being urged to keep the area safe and clean - or face an £80 fine.

A campaign has been launched to remind those who use the greenspace to tidy up after their pooches and ensure all dogs are kept under control.

East Renfrewshire Council has now set guidelines after a range of issues were reported to park rangers.

These include: keeping dogs under full control at all times, especially near children’s play areas; not allowing them to approach ranger-led groups as members may have allergies or fears; and bagging and binning all mess in litter bins.

A series of signs will be displayed throughout the Giffnock greenspace as part of the local authority’s initiative to remind owners of their responsibilities.

Councillor Alan Lafferty, convener for environment, said: “Rouken Glen is a place to be enjoyed by everyone who visits and we are committed to ensuring this remains the case.

“We urge dog owners to be responsible for their pets’ actions and follow the guidelines in place when in and around the park.

“Community safety officers will be patrolling the park on a regular basis to ensure visitors are aware of the expected behaviour and they will be increasingly vigilant in targeting offenders of dog fouling.”

Katy Green, Rouken Glen Park ranger, wants East Renfrewshire residents to be able to enjoy the area – crowned the UK’s Best Park at last year’s Fields in Trust awards – at all times.

She said: “Rouken Glen Park is a brilliant area and we want to ensure that it continues to be enjoyed by the thousands of visitors who descend on the park each year.

“Whilst the majority of dog owners are responsible, some require a small reminder.

“This campaign will help push some positive action towards ensuring that every visitor gets the most from their visit.”

To report any instances of dog fouling, click here.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:16:40 +0000
Subject: Broom Park Fiasco. - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42141-broom-park-fiasco#42141 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42141-broom-park-fiasco#42141
A facebook page was set up called 'Save Broom Park' in December 2016.

Many objections to the proposals were lodged and the local councillor Jim Swift was quickly championing the cause along with other residents.

The community came together and identified improvements that were required.

The police were contacted every time they saw youths congregating and drinking.

The residents had a day of action and they cleared the park and it environs of litter and junk.

With the park now tidy and clean, and with no neds they organised a get together of residents at the park.

The Great Broomburn Park Get Together was a total success.

The matter also became an election issue with candidates.

With all of this occurring, and local councillors becoming involved in vocally objecting to the proposals, staff at ERC could be in no doubt as to the rejection of the proposals of building houses on the park.]]>
Public Forum Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:56:04 +0000
Subject: Will Vinny Waters ever grow up - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42131-will-vinny-waters-ever-grow-up?limit=6&start=6#42131 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42131-will-vinny-waters-ever-grow-up?limit=6&start=6#42131
Which given Vinny's history would appear to be a strange choice of title.

Our chair decided to be one of his followers and clicked on the link, just as he had done many months previously with Vinny's other Twitter account WATERSFREED.

No input was made to either account and the following day he had been blocked from both accounts.

How childish of Vinny to block him from having the ability to read his possible 'wise words'.]]>
Public Forum Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:54:38 +0000
Subject: ReUseIt To Close. - by: lasercow http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42130-reuseit-to-close#42130 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42130-reuseit-to-close#42130
ERC wasting £5 million by planning Barrhead High in the wrong place...would keep ReUseIt going for 500 years!

ReUseIt would like to inform all its customers and supporters that it will be closing its doors next month. Financial pressures mean that ReUseIt can no longer afford to stay in its current premises, so while other alternatives are investigated, and new premises sought, the project will cease to trade next month in the hope that ReUseIt can be resurrected, in a new format, in the very near future.
ReUseIt would like to thank everyone who has donated items, bought items and generally been involved in supporting the project. We couldn’t have done it without you. Nor could we have done it without the committed team of staff members and volunteers who have given such dedication and commitment to the project over the years. They really are a super special bunch of folk!
We’ve achieved a lot over our seven years’ trading from our Muriel Street warehouse:
• Taken in more than 643 tonnes of items (furniture, white goods, small electricals, clothing, books, bric-a-brac, etc) and diverted more than 510 tonnes of that from landfill through sales and recycling. This equates to a landfill diversion rate of 79%.
• Been shortlisted for Community Project of the Year at The Herald Society Awards in 2013, and won Social Enterprise of the Year at East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce's Business Awards in 2015;
• Employed, on average, a team of 4.5 staff, who in later years were all paid a Living Wage;
• Enjoyed and benefitted from the support of around 10 regular volunteers.
And all the above undertaken with only minimal amounts of start-up funding in 2010 and modest external, but not core, funding over the following five years.
It has always been very much a hand-to-mouth existence – but ReUseIt managed to survive for seven years, hoping that having worked so hard towards self-sustainability, funders would be willing to consider funding applications favourably when a little help was needed. The sum of £10k would have secured the project, including its 4.5 staff posts, for one more year and allowed the board of trustees to investigate future options such as finding new premises and/or working together and even merging with other like-minded environmental organisations. Sadly, despite ReUseIt’s attempts to access such financial assistance nobody was willing to support us.
So it’s goodbye from us, for now. ReUseIt has thoroughly enjoyed providing affordable, high-quality, second-hand furniture to the community in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire and beyond, and looks forward, hopefully, to doing so again.
Public Forum Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:47:36 +0000
Subject: EASTWOOD PARK LEISURE CENTRE UPDATE? JUNE 2017 - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42122-eastwood-park-leisure-centre-update-june-2017#42122 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42122-eastwood-park-leisure-centre-update-june-2017#42122 Information from from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Ltd - June 2017

As at June 2017 There is no change to the position outlined below.

When will an update be available?
.......do not know at this point, but it is unlikely to be before the autumn.

Information from from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Ltd - January 2017

‘…………….We discussed this at the Information and Consultation Centre in December, …… The centre is scheduled for closure in 2019 for major maintenance and repairs, and the Council approved £6M for this in 2014.

We are currently working with council colleagues to look at options around this, as the £6M falls someway short of the amount required, and other approaches may allow us to leverage external funding; and realise new facilities whilst refurbishing Eastwood Park too.

However, other than for the necessary works, we do not envisage closing it.

We are currently looking at significant programmes for developing and growing our gym membership, swimming lesson take-up and theatre sales at Eastwood.

However, most of our money comes through sport and it is the case that Eastwood struggles to meet the needs of the communities, and we face increased competition, especially in gyms and fitness, that Eastwood cannot at present compete with due to scale, condition and design.

A report by Tuner Townsend was commissioned by the Council in 2014 into Eastwood Leisure Centre.

It noted that it was at that point tired and nearing a point of criticality, with a £1.3M backlog of maintenance.

This maintenance was also just that –remedial works, not improvements to maintain competitiveness.

The report proposed three options.

Option 1

was to do nothing and allow the centre to close.

The second option of the two

was to invest £6.5M to address the immediate maintenance issues.

However, the report noted that “Even by spending £6.5m under Option 2 to keep the facility open, this still does not address the step change in facilities that is necessary to compete with local competition and retain / expand the customer base.”

(The third option was costed at £10M. The Council responded by identifying £6M in the Capital plan for 2019/20.)

One of the options we are looking at is whether we could keep the existing centre, but refurbish it as theatre/gymnastics/fitness/performing arts/function suite, and build a new centre nearby, leveraging the council’s capital with external funding to create a long-overdue new centre for East Renfrewshire (three of our four leisure centres are 30+ years old), together with a centre of excellence in Eastwood Park.

That very much depends on finding a suitable site nearby.

However, this is at an early stage and in either case we do not propose that the Eastwood Centre close (other than for works to be done)…….‘]]>
Public Forum Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:56:34 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire Council secures £90,000 grant for Neilston skatepark - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42121-east-renfrewshire-council-secures-p90000-grant-for-neilston-skatepark#42121 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42121-east-renfrewshire-council-secures-p90000-grant-for-neilston-skatepark#42121
Jonathon Reilly @jonathonjreilly
Junior Reporter

KIDS in Neilston will soon have their very own skatepark in which to practise their skills.

Construction work on a skate bowl is set to begin at the village’s SPT overspill car park after East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) was successful in its £90,000 grant application to Waste Recycling ENvironmental (WREN).

WREN distributes funds to communities who are in the vicinity of landfill sites for community, biodiversity or heritage projects.

The local authority will contribute £30,000 towards the project but the new skatepark was the brainchild of Neilston Community Council (NCC) and younger residents.

Eager to offer children and teens in the community an alternative to “loitering about”, community council members have been pushing for money to be made available for such a facility for five years.

A survey completed by youngsters from the area showed many were keen to see a skatepark built in Neilston and those wishes will now be granted.

John Scott, NCC chairman, was pleased to finally break the news and said: “It’s been a long, slow process but at last there is light at the end of the tunnel and everything is now in place to start the construction later this year.”

Despite coming up with the idea, the chairman explained it was the landowners who had to apply for the money required for the project.

Mr Scott continued: “The idea of improving facilities for the youth of the village was discussed at a community council meeting in January 2012.

“Alcohol Awareness had given a talk a few months earlier and part of their work involved explaining to young folk the benefit of restricting alcohol intake.

“Community policemen, who attend all community council meetings, would regularly report they had had to move on groups of youths who were loitering about, often quite noisily, and such groups could appear rather threatening.

“A common factor seemed to be complaints from youths that they had ‘nothing to do’ in the village.”

Mr Scott added: “Aware that the devil finds work for idle hands, the community council decided to look further into youth facilities in the village and approached Suzie Reid from Young Persons Services, who runs the Neilston Youth Club, to see if we could have a dialogue with the youngsters of the village and get some suggestions from them as to how we could improve the village for them.

“The site was chosen for various reasons, not least the fact that the car park gets transformed into an impromptu skatepark in the evenings but also, because of its irregular shape, this patch of ground is unsuitable for much else.”

Work on the skatepark is expected to start at the end of the summer.

A final meeting between NCC members, designers and the youths who have played a part in its creation is due to take place later this month.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:15:15 +0000
Subject: Plans submitted for old registry office in Barrhead - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42119-plans-submitted-for-old-registry-office-in-barrhead#42119 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42119-plans-submitted-for-old-registry-office-in-barrhead#42119
A BARRHEAD registry office could be returned to its former glory if a planning application is given the green light.

Elaine Donegan, owner of Wedding Wise on Lowndes Street, is seeking permission to turn the lower floor of the premises into a bridal shop with space to hold wedding ceremonies.

Established on Paisley Road in January 2010, the boutique bridal shop moved to Lowndes Street in 2013. The building was previously used as the local Registry Office for many years and Elaine says they have enjoyed maintaining part of the tradition over the past five years.

The recent application was validated by East Renfrewshire Council on May 9 and included a supporting statement which says: “In addition to sales and storage of bridal wear, the application is to perform ceremonies at this location.

“It is anticipated that ceremonies could take place on any day of the week and would be take place within our business hours which are Monday to Saturday10.00am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

“Ceremonies are likely to be approximately 30 minutes in duration and our aim is to average one ceremony per week. Full occupancy during ceremonies would be seating for 30. The room and location at 13 Lowndes Street would be used for non-religious type ceremonies only and there would be no requirement or intention to host wedding functions.”

The application was discussed by the Barrhead Community Council who met on June 1.

Chairperson Rosaleen Reilly said: “There is no objection from the CC about this planning application and, in fact, we welcome it.”]]>
Public Forum Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:57:49 +0000
Subject: Fury erupts over council’s decision to grant consent to Maidenhill developers - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42116-fury-erupts-over-councils-decision-to-grant-consent-to-maidenhill-developers#42116 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42116-fury-erupts-over-councils-decision-to-grant-consent-to-maidenhill-developers#42116

A hugely controversial housing development for Maidenhill on the outskirts of Newton Mearns, was given the go ahead by East Renfrewshire Council’s planning committee last week, and has led to vociferous criticism.

The scheme, which will create a new community, has been granted planning consent for 834 new homes including 209 affordable properties.

In addition, land and funding will be provided for a new community primary school – incorporating a nursery, along with sports and play facilities – and a community religious facility.

The development between CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland claims it will direct significant investment in the area, with more to come as the new urban quarter is brought to life.

But locals who have fought against the decision for years claim that it will only exacerbate flooding problems in the area, and that by connecting this development to the existing water and sewerage network, the current problems will get worse.

Only last week The Extra reported on a six-fold increase on home insurance renewals which the insurers claimed was as a direct result of flood risk assessments.

A spokesman for the Newton Mearns Residents Flood Prevention Group said: “Despite the approval, we remain of the opinion the proposals do NOT follow national planning policy, nor the Local Development Plan. Notably, the developers have not demonstrated there will be no increase in watercourse flooding within existing residential districts in Newton Mearns. The developers have also not demonstrated there will be no increase in sewer flooding.

Managing Director of CALA Homes (West), Jim McIntyre, said: “We are excited to bring to life our vision for Maidenhill which has been carefully considered throughout this process”, while Director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Willie Burns, added: “Residents will enjoy plenty of open green space and new schools, as well as existing local amenities and we look forward to works commencing.”

Jackson Carlaw MSP commented: “No local issue this year has prompted more residents to contact me than the proposals underpinning the proposed development at Maidenhill, the largest new-build community in East Renfrewshire in over a generation.

“The SNP Scottish Government demands that councils like East Renfrewshire, provide for significant new housing, irrespective of the capacity of the existing local infrastructure to cope.

“However, what is inexcusable is for the SNP/Labour led East Renfrewshire Council to proceed with a detailed planning consent for a development proposal BEFORE a satisfactory infrastructure plan has been either established or agreed. “Following representations to me, I wrote to the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham in support of the detailed submission sent to her by the Newton Mearns Flood Prevention Group. She was unable to arrange an early meeting to discuss, but in her response acknowledged that ‘important issues’ had been raised and that she would offer a detailed response after due consideration of these. In consequence I wrote to East Renfrewshire Council seeking a suspension of any decision until this response is received.

“I argued that to give consent to any scheme in these circumstances would be reckless. Yet this is exactly what the SNP/Labour led East Renfrewshire Council has done. In my view it is shameful and an extraordinary and unnecessary risk to the community.”

“I had hoped that as the party with the largest group of councillors elected on May 4th, a new Conservative led administration would have been in place and acted differently, driven by common sense. Instead we have the same old crew, who I am not confident will ultimately put the community interest ahead of the developers.

“I shall be conducting a full Scottish Parliamentary Survey of residents after June 8th regarding the development and remain fustrated that I cannot do so before the General Election because of Parliamentary rules.”

Former East Ren MP, Kirsten Oswald said: Kirsten Oswald said: “I have heard the concerns of local residents about this development over the past two years. I am clear that this development should not go ahead if it increases the flood risk for existing properties. I am pleased to hear that the new SNP-led administration has responded to local concerns by tightening up the conditions placed on the developer.

“The decision to use the opportunity of this development to reduce the flood risk to adjacent properties is a significant initiative by the Council, as is the need for a comprehensive agreement on sewerage with Scottish Water and the Council before any properties can be brought into use.

“This is exactly the kind of action the Council needs to take if it is to ensure that new development does not go ahead at the expense of occupants of neighbouring properties. The buck now rests firmly with the developer, who needs to reassure local residents by adjusting the development to meet these new conditions, or by withdrawing their interest from this site.

The application was approved by a slender majority of four Councillors in favour (Ireland, Convery, Fletcher and Cunningham), and three against (Aitken, McLean and Miller).]]>
Public Forum Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:28:42 +0000
Subject: ERNHW Ltd team return to action - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42114-ernhw-ltd-team-return-to-action#42114 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42114-ernhw-ltd-team-return-to-action#42114 Public Forum Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:31:04 +0000 Subject: Former East Renfrewshire Council leader appointed Provost of East Renfrewshire - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42113-former-east-renfrewshire-council-leader-appointed-provost-of-east-renfrewshire#42113 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42113-former-east-renfrewshire-council-leader-appointed-provost-of-east-renfrewshire#42113
By Monica Gibson

FORMER council leader Jim Fletcher has been appointed as the new Provost of East Renfrewshire.

The Labour man will be supported by Councillor Betty Cunningham, who takes on the role of Deputy Provost.

And Councillor Fletcher hopes the local authority can build on the positive work it has done in recent times.

He told the Barrhead News: “East Renfrewshire is widely considered one of the best in Scotland.

“I was leader for 13 years and I am not saying this through bias but the council has a positive reputation and this should be firmed up by the new administration.

“There has been a lot of capital investment - the campus in Newton Mearns will be the first of its kind in Scotland, if not Europe.

“There are plans to improve nursery provision and there is a real desire to tackle the areas which are disadvantaged and create a real lifestyle change.”

Cllr Fletcher added: “What we want to do is put money in and target the very young so that, from the moment they are born, life already looks better.

“This is not something we just want to do and then stop, these are plans to help create real lifestyle changes for the next five years and beyond.”]]>
Public Forum Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:13:05 +0000
Subject: Gang of thugs assault two men in Neilston's Madras Place - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42112-gang-of-thugs-assault-two-men-in-neilstons-madras-place#42112 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/42112-gang-of-thugs-assault-two-men-in-neilstons-madras-place#42112
Jonathon Reilly, Junior Reporter / @jonathonjreilly

AN investigation has been launched after a six-strong gang of thugs launched a daylight attack on two men in a Neilston street.

Police are hunting for a group of men who targeted the two victims, aged 34 and 43, in Madras Place on Friday afternoon.

Although neither of the men was seriously injured, the yobs used weapons to crack the windows of the car their victims were travelling in.

Sergeant Michael Morganthaler, who is based at Giffnock Police Station, told the Barrhead News: “At 4.40pm on Friday, May 26, officers attended an incident in Madras Place, Neilston, in which two males, aged 34 and 43, were alleged to have been assaulted.

“They were believed to have been attacked by a group of six males.

“It’s believed that weapons may have been involved in the attack. No serious injuries were sustained.

“The blue Ford Focus the two victims were in also had its windows damaged.”

Police are keen to hear from anyone who can help with the investigation.

Sgt Morganthaler added: “Any persons who were in the vicinity at the time would have been aware of this happening and we’re keen to speak to anyone who may know more.

“If anybody has any information as to any of the persons involved in this incident, please call the police on 101.”

Alternatively, details can be given in confidence by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 29 May 2017 20:01:57 +0000