Bridge of Weir Community Council
The Community Council recently met with a senior planning officer from Renfrewshire Council to discuss the Main Issues Report (MIR) which assist’s in forming Renfrewshire Council’s Local Development Plan. Resulting from this, the Community Council responded to the consultation arguing for retaining the policy that any development should be concentrated on brown field sites and not on green-belt which would adversely affect the place setting of the village.
Points were put forward from local residents who had attended the May meeting with regard to education with emphasis on school capacity, local GP services and the cumulative effect large housing developments would have on the road infrastructure in Bridge of Weir and surrounding villages.
Finally, the apparent lack of any coherent policy in the MIR for West Renfrewshire villages was highlighted. Bridge of Weir has a rich heritage of cultural assets, the River Gryffe, the cotton industry, history of leather, farming, Ranfurly and Gryffe Castles. These and other assets are well worth preserving for the enjoyment of future generations and should not / cannot be left to the whims of developers who have no compulsion on tearing up our green-belt in search of profit.
At the meeting in May the guest speaker was Graeme McLatchie from the Paisley 2021 bid team who gave a presentation and update on the progress and timetable for shortlisting and final selection. He also gave us an insight on funding opportunities that may be available for us to pursue.
We welcomed our new Community Police Officer Stephen Reid, this was his first Community Council meeting as he has only been in position since 4th April. In the Police Report he informed us of a number of incidents which include one drugs issue, detected, sheep worrying on Torr Road and vandalism to flower beds at Bridge of Weir Primary School.
We are currently engaged in the Scottish Governments Improving Parking consultation, locally we will address lack of car parking in the village centre, cars parking on pavements blocking pedestrian access, cars parked at bus stops, cars on the school run blocking driveways and in general parking too close to junctions.
The fund raising sub-committee are still working on the Ladeside project where the initial costs proved to be exceptionally high, members of the committee are to meet officials from Renfrewshire Council to discuss professional and technical support.
After the success of last year we have decided to hold the Craft Fair again, The date for your diary is Saturday 16Th September.
Congratulations to the three Councillors elected to the Bridge of Weir, Bishopton and Langbank Ward 11, Natalie Don, James MacLaren and Colin McCulloch, we look forward to working alongside.
The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Tuesday 6th June at 7.00pm in Bridge of Weir Primary School.