East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication https://ernhw.org.uk/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 17:39:19 +0000 Kunena 1.6 https://ernhw.org.uk/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum https://ernhw.org.uk/ en-gb Subject: Convicted wife abuser to stand for Scottish Lib Dems at council election - by: Newsline https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47860-convicted-wife-abuser-to-stand-for-scottish-lib-dems-at-council-election#47860 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47860-convicted-wife-abuser-to-stand-for-scottish-lib-dems-at-council-election#47860
EXCLUSIVE: Campaigners against domestic abuse have questioned whether the Lib Dem is an appropriate candidate for elected office.


Wing Commander Allan Steele at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court

A former RAF officer convicted of abusing his wife after accusing her of cheating is planning to stand for the Scottish Liberal Democrats at elections in May.

Ex-wing commander Allan Steele is aiming to become a councillor in East Renfrewshire when voters go to the polls this spring.

The dad, from Giffnock, near Glasgow, is already chair of his local branch of the Lib Dems.

But campaigners against domestic abuse have questioned whether he is an appropriate candidate for elected office.

The Record revealed how Steele launched a crowdfunder last year in a bid to help him overturn his conviction for shouting and swearing at ex partner Linzi – claiming he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

He originally landed himself in court in 2016 accused of grappling with his wife in a bid to seize a laptop he believed contained damning evidence of an affair.

Steele's ex told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court that her military legal adviser husband - who was decorated by Barack Obama after serving at the Pentagon - branded her a “slut” and accused her of leaving a -_- aid in view of three children.

The officer, who had served at NATO’S Joint Force Command in Brunnsum, Netherlands, claimed he had uncovered texts and emails between Linzi and an old school friend she had met at a re.

He admitted he took Linzi’s laptop after seeing a message saying: “He knows everything,” but denied assaulting or being abusive to her at a house in Waterside, Ayrshire.

He said he had stumbled as his wife fell on to a bed and she bit him before he escaped with the laptop.

He was found guilty of threatening or abusive behaviour at a house in Waterside, Ayrshire, but an assault charge was found not proven.

Steele appealed his conviction in 2017 but Sheriff Principal Mhairi

Stephen rejected it and said Steele's 'angry and aggressive' behaviour had left his wife in fear of him.

He is now plotting a career in local politics and hopes to be returned for the Lib Dems for the Giffnock and Thornliebank ward.

Dr Marsha Scott, CEO of Scottish Women’s Aid, said: "Domestic abuse is a crime in Scotland.

"Perpetrators should always be held accountable and that local authorities should be using a survivor-centred approach in tackling violence against women and girls.

"Surely there are dedicated and passionate candidates who can run for local elections who have not been convicted of domestic abuse?

"What we – and local services in East Renfrewshire – want to see is local elected officials who prioritise ending domestic abuse and promoting human rights and equality."

The Lib Dems failed to return a single councillor in East Renfrewshire at the last council election in 2017.

But Steele - whose dad is a former provost of the council area - is hoping his links to the local community could make a difference on polling day.

In an election leaflet, the candidate said: "After leaving the RAF in 2020 and having returned to my home in Giffnock, I could not be happier to be part of my community again.

"However, some things have concerned me. I am not impressed with what passes for leadership locally.

"My dad represented this area for many years, becoming its first provost.

"My style is his style - the community is king. People come first and must be given a voice."

Steele insisted he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice when contacted by the Record - and said he was planning a second appeal against his conviction.

"In terms of the case, matters are being carefully considered by legal experts," he said.

"People can express opinions and that is understandable.

"But if they were made aware there is a little bit more to this case, their opinions might change in due course when the truth comes out."

A spokesman for the Lib Dems said: "Candidate selections are a matter for local parties to decide.

"We understand that this matter is the subject of an ongoing legal appeal so are unable to comment further."]]>
Public Forum Wed, 26 Jan 2022 15:15:20 +0000
Subject: Planning Application for new build Eastwood Leisure Complex Approved - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47848-planning-application-for-new-build-eastwood-leisure-complex-approved#47848 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47848-planning-application-for-new-build-eastwood-leisure-complex-approved#47848
You can view a recording of the meeting here -

www.youtube.com/user/eastrenfrewshire/videos


You can read more and read applications report from Council website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/planning-app...ons-committee-190122]]>
Public Forum Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:17:09 +0000
Subject: Do Your Councillors Deseve More of Your Money? - East Renfrewshire: Plea for councillors’ pay to be brought in line with Real Living Wage - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47842-do-your-councillors-deseve-more-of-your-money-east-renfrewshire-plea-for-councillors-pay-to-be-brought-in-line-with-real-living-wage#47842 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47842-do-your-councillors-deseve-more-of-your-money-east-renfrewshire-plea-for-councillors-pay-to-be-brought-in-line-with-real-living-wage#47842
News

46 mins ago

East Renfrewshire: Plea for councillors’ pay to be brought in line with Real Living Wage

By William Brown Reporter


Published Barrhead News On Line -

THE salary paid to councillors in East Renfrewshire “does not cut the mustard,” the Scottish Government has been told, with local authority chiefs urging ministers to take a “realistic look” at their wages.

Leaders at Cosla, which represents East Renfrewshire Council and Scotland’s 31 other local authorities, have called for the amount elected members are paid to be brought in line with the Real Living Wage.

The current salary for a councillor is £18,604 and they work an average of 38 hours per week in their role – the equivalent of a full-time job.

More than two-fifths of councillors who took part in Cosla’s survey reported having a second job, working an average of 25 hours per week at this.

Cosla said the study highlights “the insufficiency of current remuneration for the responsibilities of the modern councillor” and “the necessity for councillors to have an additional source of income.”

It complained the current salary is less than the Real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour, which equates to an annual salary of £19,562 for a 38-hour week.

Alison Evison, Cosla president, said: “The time has come for a realistic look at the remuneration for the role of a councillor.

“All of us within local government want to harness the power of a more locally democratic way of doing things, to enable a more diverse range of voices at the decision-making table and to overhaul participation in council policy-making across the country – but people need to be properly remunerated to make this rhetoric a reality.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Since 2017, councillors’ pay has increased annually in line with the percentage increase in the median annual earnings of public sector workers.

“The government is open to working with Cosla to further consider this issue.”]]>
Public Forum Sun, 16 Jan 2022 10:22:53 +0000
Subject: Audit & Scrutiny Committee Meeting(Virtual) - Thursday, 20 January 2022 at2.00pm. - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47841-audit-a-scrutiny-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-20-january-2022-at200pm#47841 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47841-audit-a-scrutiny-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-20-january-2022-at200pm#47841 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 14 January 2022
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), Angela Convery, 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, 20 January 2022 at2.00pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.
CAROLINE INNES
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

AGENDA
1. Report apologies for absence.
2. Declarations of interest.
3. Chair’s Report.

4. Audit and Scrutiny Committee’s Investigation on Income Generation and
Commercialisation - Update on Implementation of Recommendations Accepted
by Cabinet - Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 3 - 14).

5. Audit and Scrutiny Committee’s Investigation on Climate Change - Update on
Implementation of Recommendations Accepted by Cabinet - Report by Head of
Strategic Services (copy attached, pages 15 - 28).

6. National External Audit Report - Impact of COVID-19 on Scottish Councils’
Benefit Services – Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 29 - 34).

7. Audit and Scrutiny Committee 2021/22 Work Plan – Update – Report by Clerk
(copy attached, pages 35 - 48).


For information on how to access the virtual meeting please email:-
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A recording of the meeting will also be available following the meeting on the Council’s YouTube Channel

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This document can be explained to you in other languages and can be provided in alternative formats such as large print and Braille. For further information, please contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email
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You can read all details from Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/audit-and-scrutiny-committee-200122]]>
Public Forum Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:01:47 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Committee Meeting(Virtual) - Thursday, 27 January 2022 at 10.00am. - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47837-cabinet-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-27-january-2022-at-1000am#47837 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47837-cabinet-committee-meetingvirtual-thursday-27-january-2022-at-1000am#47837 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: 14 January 2022
When calling please ask for: Sharon McIntyre (Tel. No 0141-577-3011)
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TO: Councillors T Buchanan (Chair); C Bamforth; B Cunningham; D Devlin; A Lafferty(Vice Chair); and C Merrick.

CABINET
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held on Thursday, 27 January 2022 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

AGENDA
1. Report apologies for absence.
2. Declarations of Interest.

3. Revenue Budget Monitoring (Outturn) – Report by Head of Accountancy (Chief
Financial Officer) (copy attached, pages 3 - 40).

4. Carbon Emissions Reporting (2019/20 and 2020/21) – Report by Director of
Environment (copy attached, pages 41 - 78).

5. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Community Asset Transfer -
Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 79 - 134).

This document can be explained to you in other languages and can be provided in alternative formats such as large print and Braille. For further information, please
contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email
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For information on how to access the virtual meeting please email
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A recording of the meeting will also be available following the meeting on the Council’s YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/user/eastrenfrewshire/videos


You can read further details and the reports from the Council website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-270122]]>
Public Forum Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:27:33 +0000
Subject: EAST RENFREWSHIRE INTEGRATION JOINT BOARD Meeting(Virtual) - Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 10.00 am. - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47836-east-renfrewshire-integration-joint-board-meetingvirtual-wednesday-26-january-2022-at-1000-am#47836 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47836-east-renfrewshire-integration-joint-board-meetingvirtual-wednesday-26-january-2022-at-1000-am#47836 e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: 07584 116619

TO: MEMBERS OF THE EAST RENFREWSHIRE INTEGRATION JOINT BOARD

Dear Colleague

EAST RENFREWSHIRE INTEGRATION JOINT BOARD

A meeting of the East Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board will be held on
Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 10.00 am.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

The agenda of business is attached.

Yours faithfully
Councillor Caroline Bamforth
Chair

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EAST RENFREWSHIRE INTEGRATION JOINT BOARD
WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 2022 AT 10.00 am
VIRTUAL MEETING VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS
AGENDA
1. Apologies for absence.
2. Declarations of Interest.

3. Minute of meeting held on 26 November 2021 (copy attached, pages 5 - 16).

4. Performance and Audit Committee Minute – 26 November 2021 (copy attached,
pages 17 - 22).

5. HSCP COVID Response (copy to follow).

6. Revenue Budget Monitoring Report (copy to follow).

7. Future Funding for Family Wellbeing Service (copy attached, pages 23 - 38).

8. Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 16 March 2022 at 10.30 am.

You can read more information from Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/integration-joint-board-260122]]>
Public Forum Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:20:57 +0000
Subject: Planning Applications Committee Meeting (Virtual) - Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 2.00pm - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47835-planning-applications-committee-meeting-virtual-wednesday-19-january-2022-at-200pm#47835 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47835-planning-applications-committee-meeting-virtual-wednesday-19-january-2022-at-200pm#47835 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 14 January 2022

When calling please ask for: Sharon McIntyre (Tel No. 0141 577 3011)
e-mail:- 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

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 2.00pm.

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. Appeal - Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 3 - 4).

4. Application for planning permission for consideration by the committee - Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 5 - 38).


This document can be explained to you in other languages and can be provided in alternative formats such as large print and Braille. For further information, please contact
Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For information on how to access the virtual meeting please email
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A recording of the meeting will also be available following the meeting on the Council’s YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/user/eastrenfrewshire/videos



You can read more and read applications report from Council website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/planning-app...ons-committee-190122]]>
Public Forum Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:15:38 +0000
Subject: Licensing Committee Meeting(Virtual) - Tuesday 18 January at 10.00am - Includes Taxi Fares Review held over from 7 December 2021 meeting - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47834-licensing-committee-meetingvirtual-tuesday-18-january-at-1000am-includes-taxi-fares-review-held-over-from-7-december-2021-meeting?limit=6&start=6#47834 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47834-licensing-committee-meetingvirtual-tuesday-18-january-at-1000am-includes-taxi-fares-review-held-over-from-7-december-2021-meeting?limit=6&start=6#47834 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road,
Giffnock, East Renfrewshire G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
Website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 14 January 2022
When calling please ask for: Jennifer Graham or John Burke, 0141 577 3016
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TO: Councillors A. Convery (Chair); B. Cunningham (Vice Chair); C. Gilbert; A. Ireland; and S. Miller.

LICENSING COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Licensing Committee will be held on Tuesday 18 January at 10.00am.

A pre-meeting for Elected Members will take place at 9.30am.

The agenda of business is listed below.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE
(DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES)

This is a virtual meeting.
1. Report apologies for absence.
2. Declarations of Interest.

3. Taxi Fares Review – Report by Chief Officer (Legal & Procurement) (copy
attached, pages 3 - 10).

Resolution to Exclude Press and Public
It is recommended that the Committee passes the following resolution:-
"That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for Item 4 of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 6 and 14 of Part I of Schedule 7A of the Act as appropriate".
Paragraph 6 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (other than the authority) – all Items.
Paragraph 14 – Any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime – all items.

4. Private Hire Car Driver’s Licence – Application for Renewal – Report by Chief Officer (Legal & Procurement) (copy attached, pages 11 - 14).


For information on how to access the public part of the virtual meeting please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A recording of the public part of the meeting will also be available following the meeting on the Council’s YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/user/eastrenfrewshire/videos

This document can be explained to you in other languages and can be provided in alternative formats such as large print and Braille. For further information, please contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or e-mail
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You can read information from Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/licensing-committee-180122]]>
Public Forum Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:56:45 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire Council Email Problems (Again ! ) - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47831-east-renfrewshire-council-email-problems-again--#47831 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47831-east-renfrewshire-council-email-problems-again--#47831 Cllr David MacDonald has posted on his facebook page -

Cllr David Macdonald - An Independent voice for people.
1 hr ·

East Renfrewshire Council's entire email platform has been down since Friday January 7th affecting every single employee and elected member at East Renfrewshire Council along with all email addresses for the leisure trust and HSCP.

The IT department have been attempting to repair this issue for 6 days and it has not yet been rectified.

If anyone has been trying to email any East Renfrewshire council, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust or East Renfrewshire Health & Social Care partnership email address throughout this time and have not received a response it is likely that this outage will be the reason.

If anyone needs to reach me I can be reached through my Facebook messenger but please be advised I will not be able to act in an official capacity to represent using emails until the council platform has been repaired.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:02:07 +0000
Subject: Concerns with regards to Bollard placements - by: Newsline https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47829-concerns-with-regards-to-bollard-placements#47829 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47829-concerns-with-regards-to-bollard-placements#47829
The residents are concerned that these bollards are indeed a safety hazard.

ERC agreed that they be installed after being funded by Sus Trans, a charity, who are concerned with cyclists safety.

The cones were intended to segregate cyclists safely from traffic, however campaigners claim that they are indeed a hazard.

Holding up traffic flow and indeed many cyclists do not use the lanes.

At present these cones and segregated lanes run from Newton Mearns Cross to Eastwood Toll.

There is a facebook page that is devoted to this issue which can be found at Action Against East Renfrewshire Bollards

There is also a petition that can be accessed at
www.change.org/p/east-renfrewshire-counc...r-road-newton-mearns

Residents who use this road to access Giffnock of the City Centre are asked to consider signing the petition if they agree that these cones should be removed.


Photo courtesy of Fiona Mason

There will be much more on this story in the future.]]>
Public Forum Fri, 07 Jan 2022 00:47:53 +0000
Subject: ERC Leader Cllr Tony Buchanan SNP, has expressed disappointment over funding package as deal slammed as ‘the worst ever seen’ by many Council Leaders - by: RM64 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47824-erc-leader-cllr-tony-buchanan-snp-has-expressed-disappointment-over-funding-package-as-deal-slammed-as-the-worst-ever-seen-by-many-council-leaders#47824 https://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47824-erc-leader-cllr-tony-buchanan-snp-has-expressed-disappointment-over-funding-package-as-deal-slammed-as-the-worst-ever-seen-by-many-council-leaders#47824
It was noticed that a similar article appeared yesterday in Barrhead News On Line but was quickly taken down. Unfortunately a copy of the article is not now available.

This article has now been published in Barrhead News On line -

News

5 hrs ago

Funding deal slammed as ‘the worst ever seen’

By William Brown Reporter

East Renfrewshire Council’s leader has expressed his disappointment over the funding package for local services set aside by the Scottish Government in this month’s budget.

Councillor Tony Buchanan joined forces with the leaders of Scotland’s 31 other councils to unanimously raise concerns over a lack of resources during a virtual meeting of local authority body Cosla.

East Renfrewshire is to receive around £205million from Holyrood in 2022/23, which is an increase of more than £9m, or 4.8%, from its 2021/22 settlement.

However, that is below the rate of inflation, which stands at just over 5%.

Officials at Cosla said an urgent meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was needed to discuss the funding package for Scottish councils.

Alison Evison, Cosla president, described how many council leaders have described the latest settlement as “the worst they had seen.”

She said: “Council leaders were clear that we could not sit back and simply accept this – and there was a real strength of feeling that enough is enough.

“Not only do leaders consider that we have been given a real-terms cut, the local government settlement makes no provision for pay, inflation or increased demand for services, nor for the increased burden of National Insurance contributions.”

Gail Macgregor, Cosla’s resources spokeswoman, added: “All 32 of Scotland’s council leaders were clear that they owe it to their communities to take the case for a better financial settlement directly to the First Minister as a matter of urgency.”

However, the Scottish Government has defended the settlement.

A spokesperson said: “Despite the continued economic uncertainty facing us all as a result of the pandemic, we are treating councils fairly and providing a real-terms increase of over 5% to local authority budgets for the coming year.

“Councils themselves asked for financial flexibilities this year, such as the ability to take their own local decisions on raising council tax, which we were pleased to provide.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:22:54 +0000