East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:16:53 +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's GDPR error ‘could prove costly’ - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44607-east-renfrewshires-gdpr-error-could-prove-costly#44607 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44607-east-renfrewshires-gdpr-error-could-prove-costly#44607
19th September

EAST Renfrewshire Council could face a hefty fine over its handling of the Eastwood Leisure Centre consultation.

That was the claim after Independent councillor David Macdonald was handed the results of two General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance tests in May and June.

The tests, carried out by an IT expert in Councillor Macdonald’s constituency, found that the council had collected sensitive data through online tracking using a web address that was not GDPR compliant.

Council officers insisted the results of the consultation, which showed 54 per cent of respondents were in favour of a new £27million centre being built outwith Eastwood, were not undermined.

But in a response to the report, the council’s head of ICT and Digital Enablement, Murray Husband, admitted the new data protection rules had been applied on a prioritised basis.

He said: “The council undertook an extensive organisation-wide programme of activity to meet the requirements of GDPR by May 25, 2018.

“Given the breadth and depth of work required to meet GDPR for a complex organisation such as East Renfrewshire Council, priority was rightly placed on those areas of greatest need and highest risk for our staff and customers.

“With regard, the areas highlighted, which relate to the capture of information through cookies on websites, our interpretation at the time was that the existing approach was sufficient for the initial period and would get further focus following more critical items.”

Under the new GDPR rules, councils could face up to £17.4m in fines for the most serious breaches.

Mr Macdonald said: “In both reports, it showed that the council’s main website and also the URL for the leisure centre failed the GDPR compliance tests.

“My initial reaction was one of shock. Not only was the council in violation of the new law, they were conducting an online consultation that collected sensitive data through online tracking using a URL that was not GDPR compliant. At this stage, the entire consultation should have been immediately suspended.

“I found it very regrettable that East Renfrewshire Council was in violation of the very law that they were telling all their employees at the same time they had to be compliant with.”

It was confirmed that those taking part in the consultation had been able to respond more than once.

Mr Macdonald branded the findings “unsafe” and called for a paper ballot scheme which would take into account the views of residents.

His fellow Independent councillor, Paul Aitken, added: “If it is the case that this survey has been in breach of GDPR, it’s strict liability. It’s millions of pounds that the council can be fined. It’s not something we can brush under the carpet.”

Councillor Stewart Miller, leader of the Conservatives group, said: “This exercise has to be repeated. We cannot have such blatant unlawfulness in this council.”

It was confirmed that 123 responses had been removed from the consultation after being identified as having been part of multiple votes from one person.

Provost Jim Fletcher said: “What we all need to remember is that, ultimately, councillors take a decision. It’s a consultation and it’s up to councillors to listen to that and draw what they want from that.”

And council leader Tony Buchanan added: “Three thousand responses is pretty significant. East Renfrewshire generally polls very highly in the responses we get from residents.

“I think the consultation was a fair one. People have looked at it and responded to it in a fair manner. It’s only right that we note the results of this consultation and move forward.”]]>
Public Forum Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:31:14 +0000
Subject: A political activist describes our chair as a Demagog - by: Tom http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44602-a-political-activist-describes-our-chair-as-a-demagog#44602 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44602-a-political-activist-describes-our-chair-as-a-demagog#44602
I do not know whether to take it as a compliment or a derogatory comment.

Possibly a bit of both.

However the person who posted the comment may know one when he sees one and I should possibly bow to his superior knowledge on this issue.

David 'Tam' McDonald Political activist for one of the ruling ERC administration groups.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:54:03 +0000
Subject: Meetings - Thursday 27 September 2018 - Audit & Scrutiny 2:00pm followed by Full Council - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44599-meetings-thursday-27-september-2018-audit-a-scrutiny-200pm-followed-by-full-council#44599 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44599-meetings-thursday-27-september-2018-audit-a-scrutiny-200pm-followed-by-full-council#44599

A meeting of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be held in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, on

Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 2.00 pm.

Full Agenda -


Papers -


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

Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 4.00 pm or if later at the conclusion of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee.

Full Agenda -


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.


1. Report apologies for absence.

2. Declarations of Interest.

3. 2017/18 Annual Accounts for Council’s Charitable Trusts and External Audit
(International Standard on Auditing 260) Report –Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer).

4. 2017/18 Annual Accounts and Draft Annual Audit Report for East Renfrewshire Council - Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief Financial Officer).

N.B. As the reports listed at items 3 and 4 above are being considered by the Audit & Scrutiny Committee at the meeting earlier in the day, the reports have not been reproduced for the Council meeting and Members are requested to bring the Audit & Scrutiny Committee papers with them to the meeting of the]]>
Public Forum Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:12:23 +0000
Subject: Save Shawwood Greenspace - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44577-save-shawwood-greenspace?limit=6&start=6#44577 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44577-save-shawwood-greenspace?limit=6&start=6#44577 Please visit this group and show your support.

Kirsti McGinlay
Admin · Yesterday at 13:08
Hey everyone, in light of the recent meeting at ERC Headquarters I feel it’s time for newton Mearns residents to be heard. I will share articles from various sources and hopefully that will help you form your own opinion on the councils plans. Currently the swimming pool and theatre venue is at Eastwood. The council want us to believe that the best option is to move the site encroaching on our greenspace. After a neighbour attended the meeting on Wednesday he returned more convinced than ever that Shawwood is the preferred site. If you live in East Ren I have added you to the group. It’s my hope that you will add anyone you know that lives in East Ren and would like to have an opinion. The Shawwood residents and residents of the surrounding streets had no idea of the political cogs that have been working behind our backs driving this plan. The recent consultation was farcical, all loaded towards moving site and was East Rens best kept secret. Circa 1800 people are reported to have responded and the council claim that the majority of residents voted for a new build facility on a new site. There are around 96,000 residents in East Ren so how can they use the word “majority”? Every person I have spoken to is vehemently opposed to taking any more of our greenspace to build upon and especially as there is a perfectly good current site which is easily accessible. I ask you this, how would a monstrous new development affect traffic flow on Mearns Rd? Would they use the entire green belt and open up a through road all the way through to Eaglesham Rd? I have no idea but the thought of any development there is giving me sleepless nights! The Shawwood Greenspace is used multiple times each and every day by my family and so many residents for miles around. Every day we are there we meet someone new, it’s a jewel in our community that should be enjoyed by all our residents. I urge you to have your say and I plead with you to take a few minutes to add anyone you know to this page. We must stand united and be heard!

Link to Facebook Group - Save Shawwood Park]]>
Public Forum Sun, 16 Sep 2018 13:13:19 +0000
Subject: Residents tout idea of vigilante group over anti-social behaviour - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44576-residents-tout-idea-of-vigilante-group-over-anti-social-behaviour#44576 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44576-residents-tout-idea-of-vigilante-group-over-anti-social-behaviour#44576
Neilston residents have asked to meet police bosses in a desperate attempt to halt ongoing youth disorder.

Last month, the Barrhead News reported that crowds of teenagers had been descending on the village, bringing underage drinking and yobbish behaviour.

At a meeting of Neilston Community Council, residents from Crofthead Cottages told of the horrors, including -_- acts performed in their streets and gardens.

One resident said: “This is beyond a joke. I had a young guy masturbating at my gate and teenage girls pleasuring boys in the street.

Our driveways have become toilets right in front of our eyes.”

Another said: “Neilston is under siege. They are lawless and are getting away with it.”

The disturbance is not limited to those in their homes, with one resident claiming they had to care for a girl who had a seizure.

Police officers from the problem-solving team attended the Glen Hall meeting to discuss the issues and confirmed mounted police and off-road vehicles had been deployed and seizures of alcohol had taken place.

It was decided a meeting should be held yesterday (September 11) to address the problem, with residents requesting the attendance of the police’s area commander.

However, in a statement, Neilston Community Council said: “Unfortunately, Police Scotland are unable to attend on September 11 or the alternative dates suggested.

“The Community Council feels that without the senior police officers in attendance to listen to the concerns of the village there would be little point in such a meeting. Some residents also feel the authorities have ignored their complaints in this regard.”

Area Commander, Chief Insp John McQuilter, said: “A senior police officer has already met with local council representatives where it was explained due to the ongoing issues in Neilston, the local Problem Solving Teams have been engaging directly with residents affected.

“This has received positive feedback and we will continue in an attempt to resolve the issue.

“This is in addition to the assurance given at the Neilston Community Council meeting, which again received positive feedback from those affected.”

However, after discussions at the community council meeting, many members of the public remained unimpressed.

One resident said: “What we need is a vigilante group. If enough like-minded people got together I bet it would fix the issue.”

Another said: “We need to speak to senior police officers. We are the victims of this terrible behaviour. It is only a matter of time before, god forbid, someone is raped or murdered.”]]>
Public Forum Sun, 16 Sep 2018 11:16:32 +0000
Subject: Charlatans at work? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44549-charlatans-at-work?limit=6&start=18#44549 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44549-charlatans-at-work?limit=6&start=18#44549
A full report will follow, however in the meantime we will provide a slight flavor of some highlights.

At the start of the meeting Daniel Devlin appears to want audio recording to be banned in the public gallery.

Despite the meeting being web cast and that includes audio.

However he did not switch on his microphone whilst making the request.

Neither did he switch on his microphone when he was making comment during the meeting.

Annette Ireland was very animated and at one stage said that Cllr David Macdonald should stay in his ward.

Her inference, which we will reproduce was that he misread stats for the residents of Williamwood, Clarkston and Netherlee.

Perhaps this person should have a reality check.

Cllr David Macdonald is an elected member for Busby, Clarkston, Williamwood, Stamperland and Netherlee as she is.

Did the Director of the Environment reveal part of the consultants report to councillors that he allegedly trying to conceal from the public?]]>
Public Forum Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:57:05 +0000
Subject: Corruption probe continues - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44540-corruption-probe-continues#44540 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44540-corruption-probe-continues#44540

An investigation over alleged corruption at East Renfrewshire Council is still ongoing, months after it was first exposed.

In July, it was revealed that dealings between a council employee and now liquidated Clarkston company Premier Tree Surgeons were being probed.

It came after lawyers for Ayrshire Tree Surgeons made a formal complaint to the council claiming that the staff member took financial incentives in exchange for awarding jobs to Premier Tree Surgeons.

This week, the local authority’s chief auditor Michelle Blair will present a report to councillors, confirming that the case is still being probed.

She will point to her internal audit for last year, which said: “There has been a failure to award work in compliance with the framework agreement and this has resulted in additional cost to the council and legal challenge from one of the contractors within the framework.

“This issue was initially brought to my attention by a director.

“Internal audit investigated the matter and issued a management report and all recommendations were accepted.

“There is currently a disciplinary investigation of an employee being undertaken and due to this and the possible identification of the individual employee concerned, there is a limit to how much information which can be provided at this time but more detail could be brought to a future audit and scrutiny committee.

“It is audit’s opinion that there was a possible breach of contract conditions which resulted in best value not being achieved, there was a lack of segregation of duties in award of work and a lack of clarity of costs invoiced to the council and how these agree to contract rates.”

It is understood that Ayrshire Tree Surgeons demanded the council stump-up £160,000 for work they allegedly missed out on.

They were awarded the highest rank during the tendering process for arboriculture work in East Renfrewshire last year.

That rank meant that they were the priority contractor when the council needed hedges and trees planted, removed or pruned.

But they claimed that they were being overlooked and work was being given instead to the second-ranked contractor, which was Premier Tree Surgeons.

That has previously been denied by Premier Tree Surgeons who described the claims as “absolute nonsense”.

Ms Blair will also list a series of failures that were brought to her attention but she will give assurances that the council’s governance, risk management and internal control were effective and adequate last year.

She will add: “Contract standing orders have not been complied with for exemptions and variations.

“Controls to prevent duplicate creditor payments being made were not operating properly resulting in significant overpayments being made.

“Controls over changing of supplier bank details were not operating properly which exposed the council to the risk of erroneous payments being made.

“It is my opinion, except for the matters described in the qualified opinion paragraph above, that reasonable assurance can be placed upon the adequacy and effectiveness of the Council’s framework of governance, risk management and internal control for the year ended March 31, 2018.”]]>
Public Forum Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:17:56 +0000
Subject: Bin your chewing gum - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44535-bin-your-chewing-gum#44535 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44535-bin-your-chewing-gum#44535 www.facebook.com/eastrenfrewshirecouncil.../?type=3&theater]]> Public Forum Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:14:55 +0000 Subject: Newsline and ERNHW Ltd to continue for another 12 months - by: Tom http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44531-newsline-and-ernhw-ltd-to-continue-for-another-12-months#44531 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44531-newsline-and-ernhw-ltd-to-continue-for-another-12-months#44531 Three figure sum paid today to the CIoJ.

Fee paid last week to continue the Web Hosting of this site.

Fee paid last week to the accountant who ensures that we comply with Companies House registration.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:25:09 +0000
Subject: 25 March 2015 - Report by Deputy Chief Executive - WEBCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44517-25-march-2015-report-by-deputy-chief-executive-webcasting-of-council-meetings?limit=6&start=6#44517 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/44517-25-march-2015-report-by-deputy-chief-executive-webcasting-of-council-meetings?limit=6&start=6#44517

Wednesday 25 March 2015
Report by Deputy Chief Executive


1. The purpose of this report is to seek approval to introduce webcasting of Council meetings and install a compatible microphone system in the Council Chamber.


2. Council is asked to approve:

(a) the introduction of webcasting of Council meetings in the Council Chamber; and

(b) the lease and installation of a webcasting service in the Council Chamber for an initial period of 3 years; and the renewal of the microphone system.


NOTE: the Council is asked to approve -

'(a) the introduction of webcasting of Council meetings in the Council Chamber'

NOT just Full Council Meetings.

Cabinet meetings etc are held in the Council Chamber.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 08 Sep 2018 13:14:55 +0000