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East Ren SNP refuse to engage with the public over Scottish Independence Print E-mail

The ERJCCF which comprises of the majority of East Renfrewshire Community Councils are forced to ask why four members of the East Renfrewshire administration are portraying themselves as Scottish National Party Councillors?

Cllrs. Buchanan, Carmichael, Reilly and Waters were all elected in May 2012 as the chosen candidates to represent the SNP yet they are refusing to attend a public meeting hosted by East Renfrewshire Community Councils to put the case to residents as to any benefits Scottish independence could bring to East Renfrewshire.

This open and impartial debate to be held on Wed 4th June at 7pm in Mearns Castle High School, would be balanced by four East Renfrewshire Councillors from Better Together who would make the case and explain any benefits to East Renfrewshire, if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom.

Whilst the Better Together representatives have had no hesitation in accepting the invitation, nothing has been seen or heard from the four SNP Councillors who have not even had the courtesy to acknowledge receipt of their invitations.

There is a huge appetite locally from residents to learn what benefits independence might or might not bring.

A spokesperson for ERJCCF members said “This is an apolitical meeting for local Councillors, to explain to their local residents, the impact on local services in East Renfrewshire that independence would or would not bring. Independence is the single key plank these SNP party members stand for. If these SNP Councillors are not prepared to enter a free and open debate with their residents, the SNP party must seriously question whether or not these politicians should continue to have their support and party nomination to stand as SNP Councillors in East Renfrewshire. Were these four SNP Councillors elected under false pretences?”

Other Community Councils throughout Scotland are running similar events, with the enthusiastic support of their local SNP and Better Together Councillors and we want our communities to have the same opportunity.

Newsline has contacted all four councillors and provided them with the opportunity to reply.


Locals unite to fight plans for major housing development Print E-mail

Waterfoot residents are joining forces to fight plans for a major development

that, they say, will rip the heart out of their community.

Locals have formed Waterfoot Action, after Gladman Developments unveiled

outline plans to build 100 houses on 46 acres of greenbelt land, west of

Glasgow Road.

Waterfoot another attack by developers….. Print E-mail

Glasgow Road, Waterfoot

A new housing development is proposed for land west of Glasgow Road, Waterfoot. Gladman Developments are seeking planning permission in principle. The proposals relate to the fields behind the boundary wall of the former Eaglesham House in Glasgow Road and Floors Road.

It is thought that the proposed 46 acre residential development would cater for 500 houses, which if approved would double the amount of properties within Waterfoot overnight.

Provost Carmichael looses the plot! Print E-mail

WE understand that at last nights Clarkston Community Council public meeting guests and Community Councillors alike were shocked by the conduct of Provost Alistair Carmichael (SNP)

Guests included a Muirend Doctor who is due to move to the new Health Centre when built in Williamwood and two young medical students who were also in attendance as part of their training to observe communities in action.

The Chair of the Community Council was asking Cllr Carmichael for clarification as to why at the last East Renfrewshire Council meeting in Chambers at Eastwood Park he claimed to have no knowledge that a larger venue had been requested for the public to observe, and that all such requests required to go through him.



Boundary commission proposes two less councillors in East Ren Print E-mail

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland commences

its Fifth Reviews of Electoral Arrangements

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has begun reviews of

Scotland’s local government electoral arrangements. The Commission today starts a

series of meetings with each individual council to discuss the reviews. The reviews

will result in recommendations for the number of councillors on each council and

the number and boundaries of wards for the election of those councillors. They will

not look at the external boundaries of council areas.

The last set of reviews was completed in 2006 following the introduction of multimember

wards for Scottish council elections. The number of councillors on each

council was last reviewed shortly after the councils’ establishment in 1996

The commission propose that the current 20 elected members in East Renfrewshire be reduced to 18.


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