East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:25:34 +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: East Renfrewshire Council Licensing Forum? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46703-east-renfrewshire-council-licensing-forum#46703 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46703-east-renfrewshire-council-licensing-forum#46703 To: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Monday, 29 Jun, 2020 At 10:24
Subject: RE: Licensing Forum

Hi Linda

As Mr Daly became unavailable just after sending his email below, would appreciate if you would give clarification of when the matter will be 'looked into'.

'This has on occasion led to some of the documents being inadvertently removed. I will look into this matter further.'

Keep well.

Thanks

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From: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 26 Jun, 2020 At 17:19
Subject: Automatic reply: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

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If you need to speak to someone before then contact Linda Hutchison ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).



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From: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 26 Jun, 2020 At 17:01
Subject: RE: Licensing Forum

The Council’s website is being updated and some work to update the layout of the committee pages has been ongoing.

This has on occasion led to some of the documents being inadvertently removed. I will look into this matter further.

With regards to the lack of substantive business you will be aware that this has often happened with Cabinet meetings for example when there has been no business to consider.

This is dependent on the circumstances at the time and whilst meetings are set up in advance with an expectation that there will be business to consider, from time to time this is not the case leading to cancellation.

In these circumstances not doing so would be an inefficient use of Elected Member and officer time.

I cannot comment on reasons for there being no business for the forum to consider other than to say that as a relatively small licensing area with a relatively small number of licensed premises East Renfrewshire does not face the same licensing issues that an area such as Glasgow will have.

In addition the Council’s Licensing Standards Officer was unfortunately on sickness absence for a prolonged period which impacted on the matters presented to the forum.

It is certainly the intention for the Forum to meet this year but as previously whether or not meetings do take place will be dependent on the level of business to be considered.

Yours faithfully

Eamonn Daly
Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services


Sent: 23 June 2020 15:50
To: Daly, Eamonn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: Licensing Forum

Hi Eamonn

Are there minutes for the 2018 meetings listed on the Licensing Forum webpage?

What were the reasons for this lack of substantive business in 2019?

Will the Forum be meeting in 2020?

Obviously the Forum did not anticipate this lack of substantive business in 2019 as

EAST RENFREWSHIRE LOCAL LICENSING FORUM

11 December 2018

Report by Clerk

CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 2019

PURPOSE OF REPORT

1. To provide details of proposed meeting dates for the Forum for 2019.

REPORT

2. It is proposed that the 4 meetings a year arrangement be continued for 2019.

In the event that for whatever reason it is considered necessary for an additional meeting to be arranged, this can be done.

3. The proposed meeting dates for the forum for the next 12 months are:-

•Tuesday 12 March 2019 (The Convener will be elected at this meeting)
•Tuesday 11 June 2019•
•Tuesday 10 September 2019 (Joint meeting with Licensing Board)
•Tuesday 10 December 2019 5.

Meetings will commence at 7pm and will take place in the Council Chamber, Council HQ, Eastwood Park, Giffnock.

RECOMMENDATION

6. That the proposed meeting arrangements be approved.

Report author
Eamonn Daly,
Clerk to the Forum


Your help with this matter is much appreciated.

Keep well.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Tuesday, 23 Jun, 2020 At 09:40
Subject: RE: Licensing Forum

The Forum has not met since then due to a lack of substantive business.

Kind Regards

Eamonn Daly
Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services


Sent: 17 June 2020 11:12
To: Daly, Eamonn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Licensing Forum

Hi Eamonn

I refer to the Licensing Forum page on the ERC Website.

The last Agenda/minutes posted are for 11 December 2018.

Are Agendas/Minutes for 2019/2020 available. If so, why are they not posted/available?

Thanks]]>
Public Forum Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:11:37 +0000
Subject: New community angel for East Renfrewshire ? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46692-new-community-angel-for-east-renfrewshire-?limit=6&start=12#46692 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46692-new-community-angel-for-east-renfrewshire-?limit=6&start=12#46692
We will keep you informed.]]>
Public Forum Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:23:40 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire Council - Freedom of Information - Annual Report 2019/2020 - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46689-east-renfrewshire-council-freedom-of-information-annual-report-20192020#46689 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46689-east-renfrewshire-council-freedom-of-information-annual-report-20192020#46689 To: "Geddes, Craig" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Cc: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Tuesday, 23 Jun, 2020 At 12:24
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Annual Report 2019/20

Hi Craig(Graeme)

Thanks for this.

I agree it is a statistical report but I refer back to my emails of 24 April 2018 and 27 April 2019 below regarding the use of the FOI report by Cabinet Committee members and Councillors.

We have to remember that Councillors Tony Buchanan, Paul O'Kane, Caroline Bamforth, Danny Devlin, Alan Lafferty, Colm Merrick are still currently members of the Cabinet Committee and have previously hijacked this report and used it in what can only be described as bordering on a ‘witch-hunt’ to attack those Residents/Council Tax Payers who make FoI requests.

Keep well.

Thanks



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From: "Geddes, Craig" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 22 Jun, 2020 At 12:30
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Annual Report 2019/20

The FoI annual report will be going to Cabinet on 13th August, so I am working to a 22nd July deadline for that.

I am currently collating the stats and will bring that together in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for your comments - I will indeed try to emphasis the benefits of FoI, although there will not be much narrative in what is essentially a statistical summary.

Yours
Craig

Sent: 15 June 2020 14:59
To: Geddes, Craig < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; Maxwell, Graeme < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Freedom of Information Annual Report 2019/20

Hi Folks

I write regarding Freedom of Information Annual Report 2019/20.

When is the report to be compiled and published.

Again, referring back to previous problems with these reports, I would suggest -

There should be a balanced view on the benefits of Freedom of Information and the Democratic right to hold Councils and Administrations etc to account.

The Report is a statistical report.

The report should not be giving opinions on the financial implication to the Council.

The report should not be giving opinions on the use of exemptions or fees.(If needed, under the fees section it should give the regulations of what fees can be charged and the statistical numbers of request where fees were charged).

If the report wishes to introduce these matters then to remain impartial, the report must also attempt to quantify the benefits of FoI .

Your help with this matter is appreciated.

Keep well

Thanks]]>
Public Forum Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:35:47 +0000
Subject: Audit & Scrutiny Committee Meeting - Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 2.00 pm - this is a virtual meeting - NO Public Access? - NO Recording? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46688-audit-a-scrutiny-committee-meeting-thursday-25-june-2020-at-200-pm-this-is-a-virtual-meeting-no-public-access-no-recording#46688 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46688-audit-a-scrutiny-committee-meeting-thursday-25-june-2020-at-200-pm-this-is-a-virtual-meeting-no-public-access-no-recording#46688 Council Headquarters,Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3129
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 19 June 2020
When calling please ask for: Linda Hutchison (Tel. No 0141 577 8388)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
TO:
Councillors
Stewart Miller (Chair),
Barbara Grant (Vice-Chair),
Charlie Gilbert,
Annette Ireland,
Jim McLean and
Jim Swift.

AUDIT AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 2.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Yours faithfully
Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

AGENDA
1. Report apologies for absence.

2. Declarations of interest.

3. Chair’s Report.

4. Unaudited Annual Accounts 2019/20 – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 3 - 136).

5. East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure Trust - Best Value Review – Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 137 - 184).

6. National External Audit Report – NHS in Scotland - Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 185 - 194).

7. National External Audit Report - Housing Benefit Performance Audit: Annual Update 2019 – Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 195 - 200).

8. Internal Audit Plan 2019/20 – Implementation Progress – January to March 2020 – Report by Chief Auditor (copy attached, pages 201 - 216).

9. Consultancy Expenditure and Related Log – Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 217 - 224).

10. Audit and Scrutiny Committee Work Plans 2019/20 and 2020/21 – Report by Clerk)(copy attached, pages 225 - 240).


You can read the Agendas/Papers/Minutes here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2348&go=Go]]>
Public Forum Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:06:21 +0000
Subject: Planning Applications Committee Meeting - Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 10.00am - This is a virtual meeting - NO Public Access? - NO Recording? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46685-planning-applications-committee-meeting-thursday-25-june-2020-at-1000am-this-is-a-virtual-meeting-no-public-access-no-recording#46685 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46685-planning-applications-committee-meeting-thursday-25-june-2020-at-1000am-this-is-a-virtual-meeting-no-public-access-no-recording#46685 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 19 June 2020
When calling please ask for: Paul O’Neil (Tel No. 0141 577 3011)
e-mail:- paul.o’ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO: Councillors
A Ireland (Chair),
B Cunningham (Vice Chair),
A Convery,
J Fletcher,
J McLean,
S Miller and
J Swift.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Planning Applications Committee will be held on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 10.00am.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

1. Report apologies for absence.

2. Declarations of Interest.

3. Application for planning permission for consideration by the committee – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 3 - 44).

You can read the report here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=26454&p=0

You can read Agendas/Minutes/Papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2365&go=Go]]>
Public Forum Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:07:55 +0000
Subject: Full Council Meeting - Wednesday 24 June 2020 at 2.00pm - Please note this is a virtual meeting - No public Access? No Recording? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46681-full-council-meeting-wednesday-24-june-2020-at-200pm-please-note-this-is-a-virtual-meeting-no-public-access-no-recording#46681 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46681-full-council-meeting-wednesday-24-june-2020-at-200pm-please-note-this-is-a-virtual-meeting-no-public-access-no-recording#46681 Deputy Chief Executive: Caroline Innes BSc (Hons)
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date:19 June 2020
When calling please ask for: Eamonn Daly (0141-577-3023)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO:
Provost Fletcher; Depute Provost Cunningham; and Councillors Aitken, Bamforth, Buchanan, Convery, Devlin, Gilbert, Grant, Ireland, Lafferty, Macdonald, McLean, Merrick, Miller, O’Kane, Swift and Wallace.

EAST RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL

A meeting of the East Renfrewshire Council will be held
on Wednesday 24 June 2020 at 2.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting

Yours faithfully
Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

PROGRAMME OF BUSINESS
1. Report apologies for absence.

2. Declarations of Interest.

3. Submit for approval as a correct record and signature the Minute of meeting of the Council held on 27 February 2020.

4. Submit for approval as a correct record and signature the Minute of meeting of the Council held on 23 March 2020.

5.Submit for approval as a correct record the Minutes of meetings for the period 28 February to 23 June 2020.

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

7. Audit & Scrutiny Committee: Appointment of Replacement Member – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 5 - 6).

8. Provost’s Engagements – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 7 - 8).

9. Estimated Revenue Budget Outturn 2020/21 – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 9 - 40).

10.General Fund Capital Programme – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 41 - 66).

11.Housing Capital Programme – Joint Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer) and Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 67 - 72).

12. East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust: Confirmation of Financial Support – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer)(copy attached, pages 73 - 78).

13. Strategic End Year Council Performance Report 2019/20 – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached 79 - 104).

14. Proposed Local Development Plan 2: Response to Representations – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 105 - 382).

15. COVID-19 Actions: Update – Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages383 - 392).

16. Family Leave for Elected Members – Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 393 - 398).

17. Calendar of Meetings 2021 - Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 399 - 404).

18.Amendment to Contract Standing Orders to Support COVID-19 Construction Recovery – Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 405 - 408)

You can read Agendas/Minutes/Papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2356&go=Go]]>
Public Forum Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:22:18 +0000
Subject: Giffnock Community Councilor in Facebook dispute - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46675-giffnock-community-councilor-in-facebook-dispute#46675 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46675-giffnock-community-councilor-in-facebook-dispute#46675 Public Forum Sun, 14 Jun 2020 19:15:02 +0000 Subject: Digital East Renfrewshire Council goes behind closed doors for meeting - No Public Access - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46673-digital-east-renfrewshire-council-goes-behind-closed-doors-for-meeting-no-public-access#46673 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46673-digital-east-renfrewshire-council-goes-behind-closed-doors-for-meeting-no-public-access#46673
11/6/2020

News

7 hrs ago

By Drew Sandelands Local Democracy Reporter

Digital East Renfrewshire Council goes behind closed doors for meeting

THE public will not be able to view East Renfrewshire Council’s first virtual meeting.

Councillors on the authority’s Education Committee are set to meet digitally today but residents won’t be able to watch live.

And a council spokesman has confirmed there are no plans to record the meeting, as the authority wants to ensure all members are confident using the new technology.

Meetings were suspended in March to help the council respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with decisions delegated to senior council officers.

But an Emergencies Committee, which was set up when the suspension was agreed, decided last month that meetings could return in June.

Other councils’ committee meetings, such as Renfrewshire Council’s Emergencies Board and Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee, have been recorded and published online afterwards.

One East Renfrewshire resident, who asked not to be named, has raised concerns about the lack of access, saying: “I think democracy is more important than a few councillors’ red faces.”

However, council chiefs have defended their position.

A spokesman said: “The Education Committee will be our first ever formal virtual meeting and we look forward to trialling this technology for this purpose.

“Once all participants are confident with using this technology, we will aim to provide recordings for public view of future meetings.”

It is understood meetings scheduled for later this month could be recorded and shared with the public if the initial meeting runs smoothly.

A report to councillors last month revealed it is hoped a “normal calendar” of meetings can be reintroduced following the summer recess. These meetings will be held virtually “until government guidance dictates otherwise.”

The council's IT staff have carried out an audit to ensure elected members have the correct equipment to participate in these meetings.

A connection guide has also been developed so councillors can join and take part in meetings without assistance. However, support will be available if required.

Alongside councillors, there are also religious representatives and teachers’ representatives on the Education Committee. The connection guide has been made available to these participants.]]>
Public Forum Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:07:33 +0000
Subject: Scottish Information Commissioner - Freedom of Information(FOI) Update - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46668-scottish-information-commissioner-freedom-of-informationfoi-update#46668 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46668-scottish-information-commissioner-freedom-of-informationfoi-update#46668
8 June 2020

Like many other Scottish public authorities, the office of the Scottish Information Commissioner has been impacted by the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

However, most of our services are still available.

This article sets out some of the work we are conducting and the Commissioner's expectations for Scottish public authorities.

You can read more about how we are able to help on our contact page.


Our work

Though our office premises are temporarily closed in line with government guidance, the Commissioner and approximately two thirds of his staff are now working from home using secure remote systems, and we are intending to expand our remote working further. The work we are conducting includes:

- Investigating appeals, conducting interventions and issuing decisions

- Producing new guidance and updating the Covid-19 and FOI info hub

- Monitoring FOI developments

- Responding to enquiries received by email or post

- Responding to requests for information and requests for reviews

- Managing ongoing projects and contracts

- Developing further remote working capability

- Managing payroll, budgets, finance, governance, data protection, human resources, statutory reporting, information and risk

- Ensuring staff health, safety and wellbeing

The Commissioner’s expectations for Scottish public authorities

The Commissioner has stated that, in line with the current provisions of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, he will be sympathetic to the effects of coronavirus Covid-19 on public authorities’ ability to respond to requests for information during the pandemic.

However, the duty to respond promptly and in no more than 20 working days remains in place and the Commissioner expects authorities to comply with this duty wherever possible, with reasons for any delays being noted in line with the Commissioner’s current guidance.

Authorities are also encouraged to publish as much relevant information about their activities as possible during this time.

Proactive publication is more important than ever, as it can support and strengthen public trust, enable people to be as informed as possible about the decisions that are being taken.

It may also help reduce the workload around responding to requests for information on related matters.

Further information

You can read more about the Commissioner’s services during the current disruption on our contact us page.

For information about the impact of the pandemic on FOI in Scotland, and the duties placed on Scottish public authorities at this time, visit the Covid-19 and FOI info hub.


www.itspublicknowledge.info/home/News/Covid-19InfoHub.aspx]]>
Public Forum Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:29:57 +0000
Subject: Planning Applications Committee 10 June 2020 - Postponed - Rescheduled to 25 June 2020 - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46667-planning-applications-committee-10-june-2020-postponed-rescheduled-to-25-june-2020#46667 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46667-planning-applications-committee-10-june-2020-postponed-rescheduled-to-25-june-2020#46667 From: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 8 Jun, 2020 At 16:02
Subject: RE: RE:Public Access to future Council/Committee meetings

The meeting has been rescheduled to 25 June.

In the report to the Emergencies Committee on 14 May it was explained that Planning were preparing a report in relation to Application 2018/0302/TP - Erection of neighbourhood commercial centre including Class 1 (Retail), Class 3 (Food and Drink)/Sui Generis (Pub/Restaurant and drive throughs) with potential supporting uses (Class 2, Financial, Professional or Other Services, Class 10 Non-Residential Institutions, Class 11 Assembly and Leisure and Sui Generis) and associated access, parking and landscaping (Major). on the Site To North Of Crossmill Industrial Estate Glasgow Road Barrhead.

It was explained that the application report would not be ready until towards the end of June at the earliest although there was still some doubt if the report would be finalised.

In view of this it was proposed that if it was confirmed that the report would not be ready for the end of June that the meeting of the Planning Applications Committee on 10 June go ahead, but that if the report was going to be ready that the 10 June meeting be postponed.

As the Head of Environment subsequently confirmed that the report would be ready for the end of the month the 10 June meeting was postponed and will now take place on 25 June.

Papers for the meeting will be published online on Friday 19 June.

Yours faithfully

Eamonn Daly
Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services
phone 0141 577 3023
email:- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]]>
Public Forum Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:52:15 +0000