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Bridge of Weir Community Council

Minute of the regular meeting of the Community Council held on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 7.00pm in St Machars Ranfurly Church Hall.

Present: P Allan, S Clark, N Don, N Ferguson, T Fulton, S Lafferty, S Liddell, H Martin, C McCulloch, E O’Hare, N Thomson. Councillor M Brown, Councillor J MacLaren.

Apologies: M. McClements

Visitors: F Hewitt, G Anderson, PC Brian Dick, PC Martin Norwood.

Minute of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising:

There were no matters arising.
Minute approved by H. Martin and seconded by N. Ferguson.

Police Report:

The police report was given by P.C. Brian Dick and P.C. Martin Norwood. 5 crimes were reported and 1 detected.

1 Serious assault 1 Detection 1 Fraud (bogus workmen) 0 Detection
2 R. T. A. Offences 0 Detection 1 Vandalism 0 Detection.

The Police said that this was the start of the new community beats, and Bridge of Weir will have dedicated Officers. From May 10th the Police will be targeting bogus callers.

Councillor’ Report:

Councillor M Brown;

Cllr Brown reported that along with members T.A.R.A the junction at Kilbarchan Road and Prieston had been looked at again. A speed survey will be done at this location.
The 30mph limit on Johnstone Road will be extended beyond St Mary’s Church.
Cllr Brown is not standing for re-election in the Local Government elections. The Chairman thanked her on behalf of the Community Council for all the work she had done in her term of office.

Councillor J MacLaren;

Planning Applications:

The Planning Application by Cala Homes at Old Ranfurly Golf Club was rejected.

Appeals on Planning Applications.

The Scottish Government's Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) have stated that five appeals will be considered jointly by three Reporters. It questions whether these appeals will be properly considered on their own merits. There was a pre-examination meeting held on March 30th at the Erskine Bridge Hotel, and a hearing will take place on Tuesday 18th July at a venue to be decided. Invitations will be sent to interested parties.

Glasgow Airport Drop-off Parking Charges:

The airport is investing £8 million on new facilities. It will now cost to stop and drop-off/pick-up passengers. There will be a free drop off point in the Long Stay car park and a shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes to take you to and from the terminal building with a 5 minute journey time. You can park there free for 30 minutes.


Johnstone Road: The 30 mph speed limit is to be extended beyond St Mary’s Church.
Blocked Gullies: A site visit took place on Lintwhite Crescent and a number of blocked gullies were discussed, outside Pizza Mario, Main Street, and Lintwhite Crescent.
Mill of Gryffe Road: The Cllr has received a small number of replies to his leaflet about the road condition. H has written to Bridge of Weir Leather Co. requesting their help with this.
Kilbarchan Road Speed detector: seeking repair of this.
Kilmacolm Rd Bus Stop Litter Bin, following a request, a litter bin has been erected.
Street Lighting
Missing Lampposts: a number of missing lampposts around the village has been reported. Renfrewshire Council will replace these once the old lanterns have been replaced with the new LED lights. .
Cllr. MacLaren’s April surgery has been cancelled due to the school holiday and refurbishment of the Cargill Hall.
Houston Road Park
It is likely to be June / July before we look at any further improvement works within Houston Road Park. The original outflow pipes were cleared and camera surveyed last year, and proved to be running clear. A good indicator of effectiveness is if the water does actually drain away quite quickly.
Recycling, Livery Walk. Following a request the larger bins have now been removed leaving only the clothing bank.

Feedback from Meeting

Houston Road Park: The water is not draining as it should, and there is now a stream flowing across the park, the contractor will be asked to have another look at this.
Street Lighting: The street light at the junction of Kilmacolm Road and Houston Road has still not been repaired.

Secretary’s Report:
The Secretary had nothing to report as all items had already been circulated.

Treasurers Report: This has been circulated to members.
It was decided to donate £30 to St Machar’s Ranfurly for the use of their hall for our meeting.


The Chairman attended a seminar on Scottish Government Planning.
The consultation on the Main Issues Review is open to consultation until May31st:
Our Planning Convener will respond.
Renfrewshire Council do not own any land suitable for social housing.
Any submissions on housing should be in before June 20th.
Roads, Transport and Ground Maintenance:
Flooding at Church Manse Lane was reported.
Buses: There is no error in current timetable X7. Daytime services operate every 40 minutes instead of every 3. Peek services operate same frequency. No changes to service 19 or X7A. Gibson’s buses have put on a SPT subsidised service X6A to Johnstone Station evenings and Sundays.

Project and Fund Raising Sub – Committee:

The LAC grant application was lodged on March 17th, for money to support new lights and running the event.
Exercise Equipment.
A letter has been received from Renfrewshire Council stating that paths to the equipment would have to be built from the main path.
Kate Cuthbert, Access Officer suggested that Paths for all would be another funding stream which will become available.
A suggested was applying to Virgin Media for funding.

Conferences and Consultations:

These were circulated as they had been received.
Notice of Housing regeneration is being held in Johnstone Town Hall.
Scottish Government Consultation on Parking. Suggestions to be put forward before June 3rd.

Communications, Website – Facebook:
The Secretary agreed to look the website meantime

Christmas Lights:

Switch on to take place on Monday 4th December.


Next meeting will be held in May. We await further information on the 20mph speed limit before making any decision.

Open Forum:

There was discussion about the new LED lighting. Renfrewshire Council will survey certain roads if they are asked. Lighting in Prieston Road is particularly bad because of the overhanging trees.

Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next regular meeting of the Community Council will take place on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.00pm in Bridge of Weir Primary School.

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