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Thornliebank Fly Tipping Epidemic Print E-mail

Published 9th April 2016

Thornliebank has become a target for fly tipping due to Councillor Vincent Waters success in cleaning up the area.

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Cllr Vincent Waters

At a recent community council meeting those present heard a list of areas where there were copious amounts of rubbish and also fly tipping taking place. 

One area was described as "The other one down at the back of Eastwood Crescent" 

This was well known to Cllr Waters who replied "The lane yes, Absolutely minging, again private rent" 

One Ccllr reported that the Addison estate was a particular problem which led Cllr Waters to inform those present that he was aware of the extent of the problem in that estate and that he has asked housing service to put in mobile CCTV and it should be in very soon. 

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CCTV is to be used in the Addison Estate in Thornliebank

Cllr Waters said "By this stage I think every single person resident in Eastwood Court, Crosslees Court has refurbed their living room, in the past two years the amount of living rooms that I have had lifted that have been dumped at the side of those buildings." 

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Residents of Eastwood and Crosslees Court have discarded furniture next to the buildings

"At the high flats I think that people come and dump there in a van in the sure knowledge that Thornliebank has now become a place where if you dump something its going to get lifted."
Cllr Waters also said "I am in the impossible position, I have two options, you've heard me say this before, if something gets fly tipped in Thornliebank by and large I am going to get it removed. I have two options, to stop doing that and the place becomes completely unacceptable in terms of the conditions for people that live here, like me, or I keep on doing it and we thole the fact that sometimes means that some very unpleasant human being in a white van dumps
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Cllr Waters believes drivers if white vans are responsible

NEWSLINE contacted the other ward councillors, Jim Fletcher and Gordon Wallace, and the chair of the Community Council for comment, we will publish their responses.

 
Hell hath no fury like a Tory scorned? Print E-mail

18th January 2016

A FAILED plan to build a council-run nursery is back on the table after Cllr Gordon McCaskill (Conservative) voted with the council and supported a new plan.

However many are questioning his motives, were they personal, and if so many local residents who object to the plans will suffer due to this.

The new planning application for the 110-place facility at Newford Grove near Busby was submitted by East Renfrewshire Council.

Members of the authority’s own planning committee (PAC) rejected the previous plans last June. (Cllr McCaskill was not present at that meeting)

Residents claim the access road to the centre is too narrow to handle the high volume of traffic and that the development was too close to neighbouring houses. There were also concerns that bats were roosting in nearby trees.

However planners returned with a revised proposal and they were considered by ERC’s planning committee today (Wednesday) at 2pm in the council chambers.

Jackson Carlaw, Tory MSP for West of Scotland, has spoken out against the proposal.

He said: “It is truly unbelievable, if not entirely surprising that East Renfrewshire Council has, once again, decided to completely ignore the genuine concerns of the residents of Newford Grove.

“The original proposal was a shambles from beginning to end. ERC didn’t bother to perform ecology or road safety reports, and the application was rightly rejected.”

The original application was rejected by a vote of three to two, with East Renfrewshire provost Alistair Carmichael, and Tory councillors Barbara Grant and Stewart Miller voting to reject them and Labour councillors Kenny Hay and Paul O’Kane motioning to approve them.

Last weeks PAC Meeting saw the application being opposed by concillors Stewart Miller (Con) and Barbara Grant (Con) and Alistair Carmichael (SNP).

Kenny Hay (Lab) Paul O'Kane (Lab), Betty Cunningham (Lab) and Gordon McCaskill (Con) voting to approve.

Cllr Gordon McCaskill

Not only did Councillor McCaskill vote against the residents who state that they are in support of the building of the facility at that location, they only wish the entrance / exit to be moved for safety reasons, he voted against two conservatives.

Both are fellow members of the East Renfrewshire conservative group with Stewart Miller being the tory group leader.

Counciilors Millar and Carmichael are also the local ward councillors, with Cllr McCaskill representing the neighbouring ward of Stamperland.

Why would he join forces with the administration in this matter, vote against his fellow conservatives and the ward councillors?.

Councillor McCaskill was recently suspended by the conservative party when he joked about Islamic State spies moving in with Nicola Sturgeon.

In a post on Twitter, councillor Gordon McCaskill suggested agents of the terrorist group would be willing to move in with the First Minister.

The leader of the Conservative group in East Renfrewshire Council made the comments after Sturgeon said she would be "happy" to have a Syrian refugee stay in her home.

McCaskill's tweet, which was later removed from his account, read: "Scenes we'd like to see: the refugees Nicola invites into her house are Daesh moles."

The Scottish Conservatives suspended McCaskill with immediate effect and launched an investigation into his online comment.

Earlier this year McCaskill was slammed for making "se-xist" comments about women in trade un-ions .

He was recently re-instated to the party but not as group leader. It is known that privately he blames Jackson Carlaw for his demise from the candidates list for potential MP / MSP listing for the party.

Jackson Carlaw has been very vocal in his objections against the Newford Grove proposal.

Since the labour led administration of ER lost the first application they have been pulling out all of the stops.

In what has been seen as very unusual moves labour councillors Mary Montague and Alan Lafferty both attended at a PTA meeting at Williamwood school in an atempt to shore up support for the council proposals.

The chair and vice chair of the planning applications commitee were provided with a private briefing by ERC planners regading the proposals immediately prior to the PAC meeting where the elected members were to make the decision. (None of the other PAC members were invited or had knowledge of this private briefing)

We approached councillor Millar for comment and he said "I don't want to comment at this time".

ocal councilor was surprisingly quiet when we approached him for comment, and we asked if he had voted for the proposal and against the conservative group as he had issues with Jackson Carlaw.

Cllr McCaskill failed to comment.

 
Head of Council Democratic Services fails to comply with legislation Print E-mail

4th November 2015

Jim Sneddon

Jim Sneddon the Head of Democratic Services at East Renfrewshire Council failed to comply with Freedom of Information legislation.

He was judged to have done so by the Chief Officer - Legal & Procurement at East Renfrewshire Council after a request for a review of Jim Sneddon's decision was submitted.

Jim Sneddon had refused to answer a question put to him regarding the date of the so called second call for community council elections.

Gerry Mahon, the Chief Legal Officer said,

"I am of the view that the information in question is held by the Council and should have been released to you in terms of your rights under the Act."

 
ERC deny a resident his human rights ? Print E-mail

Published 20/9/15

The Deputy Chief Executive of East Renfrewshire Council, Caroline Innes has issued a banning notice to a resident of Clarkston.

This residents crime - he is alleged to be the owner/moderator of a web discussion forum that she alleges is abusive and threatening to council staff and elected members and is displaying their photographs which she disapproves of.

This resident was tried without his knowledge and convicted without the right to be present, hear the evidence and have legal representation.

The first that he heard of this was when he received an email informing him that he was banned from contacting the council by telephone or letter.

There is apparently no right of appeal against the conviction, as such, only an appeal against the sentence.

The resident maintains that he is not the owner/ moderator of the web site and that he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

However as he has no right of appeal against the conviction he feels that his human rights have been violated and he has been bullied and threatened by the council as they state that they may consider legal action and have referred an unknown matter to the Information Commissioner.

Caroline Innes

Deputy Chief Executive

 

 

 
Are ERC intercepting elected members communications? Print E-mail

Published 17th August 2015

IT is being claimed that an invite to all twenty councillors at East Renfrewshire Council never arrived in their mail.

The invite was from the representatives of all ten community councils in East Renfrewshire requesting councillors attend their meeting to discuss the new CC scheme.

The email is reproduced in the next post and the following one highlights how this allegation came to light.

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Sent: 11 August 2015 00:16

To: 'J (Cllr) Fletcher' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Alastair (Cllr) Carmichael' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Tony Buchanan' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Gordon (Cllr) McCaskill' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'M (Cllr) Montague' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'A (Cllr) Lafferty' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'B (Cllr) Cunningham' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Ian (Cllr) McAlpine' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Elaine (Cllr) Green' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Vincent Waters' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Kenny (Cllr) Hay' < 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 ; 'Jim Swift' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Gordon Wallace (Cllr.' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Stewart Miller' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'B (Cllr) Grant' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; paul.o' This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 'C (Cllr) Gilbert' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'Ralph (Cllr) Robertson' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; 'D (Cllr) Devlin' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Subject: URGENT

Dear Councillor

A majority of ERC's Administration Councillors voted through a Scheme of Establishment for East Ren CCs on the 24th June at a special meeting. We believe we can now show this amended scheme to be unlawful in its interpretation and implementation of the Acts and Model Schemes.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday 11th), all ten Community Councils with as many Community Councillors as possible, are coming together to discuss this matter in front of the press. Invitees include our MP, MSPs and both the Minister with responsibility and First Minister, along with Lorraine McMillan, Chief Executive, Jim Sneddon, Head of Democratic Services and Tracy Butler, Head of Community Planning. We sincerely hope the last three attend in person to ensure this new scheme gets a fair and balanced hearing.

The meeting is to be held on Tuesday the 11th August 2015 at 7.30pm at Albertslund Hall, 1 Westacres Road, Newton Mearns , G77 6WW.

We understand this is short notice but we are now extending this invitation to all twenty elected members.

It is starting to look like those who voted for the Scheme, were perhaps more motivated by the removal of the independence of Community Councils than in giving this Scheme as offered by your officers, the proper scrutiny it deserved and required.

If you are unable to attend, given the short notice we will understand , but if you would like a briefing note on where your officers have, we believe, gone so catastrophically wrong in their application of the Acts and Model Schemes, please reply to this email simply saying "copy of the briefing notes please."

Regards

East Renfrewshire Community Council Members

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Sent to all Thornliebank Community Councillors.

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Cllr Waters

From: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To: kenndarroch; lynnearnott; wisner; danmcphail; williamkenny; helenashanks; yvonnehamilton

Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:35:28 +0100

Subject: CC Meeting

Friends

I've been asked why I didn't accept an invitation to a meeting of CCs in the last week.

I understand it's being claimed all Councillors were invited. I wanted to make sure you were aware I received no such invitation. I believe no Cllr did, though someone seems to be putting that story about.

If anyone has an issue to do with CCs they want to speak about please let me know.

Regards,

Councillor Vincent Waters

SNP Giffnock & Thornliebank Ward

07783 88 71 70

@WatersSNP

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NEWSLINE has contacted two other elected members who have stated that they did not receive the email invite either.

It is known that the chief executive Lorraine McMillan stated in the past that ERC would not recognise the East Renfrewshire Joint Community Council Forum. (ERJCCF)

The question has to be asked, why apparently did none of the elected members receive this invite.

Are all communications to elected members intercepted and monitored by council staff?.

Did Lorraine McMillan instruct that this invite was to be withheld from the elected members of East Renfrewshire ?.

NEWSLINE has been made aware that the intercepting and blocking of emails was identified previously. The chair of NMCC alerted us to this email chain.

WE would have to ask the question, is this democracy at work.

Surely even the administration councillors should be outraged that their correspondence is allegedly being intercepted, screened and rejected without their knowledge.

Is this further evidence that ERC is a rogue council under the leadership, or as some commentators may say, dictatorship, of the £116,389 a year Chief Executive Lorraine McMillan.

Is it time for her to go?

 
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