Bridge of Weir Community Council
Annual General Meeting
Held on Tuesday 8th October 2008 at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall
PRESENT: Sandy Clark, Jim Ellis, Sandra Liddell, Elizabeth O'Hare, Harold Tidswell, Nicholl Gardner, Patricia Allen, Margaret Mills, Donald McKenzie, Helen Martin.
APOLOGIES: Gordon Lethorn, Tom Fulton, Irene McCallum.
VISITORS: Cllr. M Holmes, PC Tracy Bryan, Andrew Summers, Renfrewshire Council, Environmental Services, Eliz. Jack, David Jack, Christine MacVicar.
The meeting was opened by the Chairman who welcomed all members and visitors.
The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting were proposed by D. McKenzie and seconded by P Allen.
There were no matters arising.
The accounts were accepted and approved by M. Mills and seconded by H. Tidswell.
In general it was felt that there was a distinct lack of respect shown to the Community Council by Renfrewshire Council e.g. no response or very late response to letters. An example of this is the letter that was sent in regarding a tender that had been accepted for the removal of bollards and to date nothing had been done - and no reply.
The attending Councillor explained that there are protocols that are supposed to be in place regarding the time taken for replies and he will look into the matter.
Election of Office Bearers:
The chair was taken by D. McKenzie and it was proposed by N. Gardner that the Status Quo be maintained and this was seconded by P.Allen.
There were no counter proposals.
Chair S.Clark Secretary S. Liddell
Vice Chair T.Fulton Treasurer J. Ellis Minute Sec. E.O'Hare
S. Clark resumed the chair.
Our representatives at the Community Council Forum were unhappy that discussion had not taken place on the expenses for community councils due to the fact that there was insufficient time for this as the speakers had taken up most of the meeting. It was suggested that a maybe a complaint should be made in writing from the Community Council.
The Chairman introduced Mr A Summers, Street Scene Manager, Environmental Services, Renfrewshire Council.
Mr. Summers proceeded to give a most interesting talk regarding the co-ordinated approach that is required to make the Clean Renfrewshire Campaign work.
He pointed out that antisocial behaviour is unacceptable and that it was important to get across the idea that residents of Renfrewshire should be proud of their area.
The whole idea is to create a clean, more welcoming environment and that part of the strategy used in reaching this goal would be to raise awareness of the issues involved.
In order to do this barriers would have to be broken down and much of this could be done by educating the public at large.
The slogan for the campaign is "Do your bit" and basically it is likely to take around ten years before the targets required are met.
Mr. Summers stated that in his opinion local area committees should play a greater part than they do at present but as yet just how this is to done has not been decided
There are 85 council play areas with three of these being Bridge of Weir. Although there is partnership with local area groups these groups have to raise funding.
An e-mail number was given for members of the public to use to report any problems.
The Chairman thanked Mr. Summers for attending and closed the Annual General Meeting.