Mar 5th - Bridge of Weir Community Council

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Bridge of Weir Community Council

Of the regular meeting of the Community Council held on Tuesday 5 March 2013 at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.

Present: P Allan, S Clark, J Ellis, T Fulton, S Lafferty, G Lethorn, H Martin, D McKenzie.  
Apologies: J Farquhar, M Mills, E O’Hare, Cllr MacLaren.
Visitors: Cllr. M Brown, PC Agnew, PC McBride,   Trish Miller Care and Connect, B Macdougall, G Hanley.
Minute of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising:

Amendment to previous minute, Page 1 Paragraph 2. Should read:
A member of the public from the Shillingworth area brought to the attention of the Community Council that in 2004 the Local Plan passed by Renfrewshire Council said that there would be no release of greenbelt land at Shillingworth, at that time the developer had objected to this. The independent Reporter upheld the decision made by Renfrewshire Council that the land should not be released,  therefore as no changes had been made to this area it was difficult to understand the decision of Renfrewshire Council to now releasing some of the land for development.

The minutes of the previous meeting were  proposed by D McKenzie and seconded by H. Martin.

Police Report:
Since the start of 2013 there have been 10 reported crimes.





Road traffic offences



Misuse of drugs




1 Detected









Not detected


Theft of Motor Vehicle

Not detected

Councillor’s Report:  Councillor M Brown.
A six foot fence in Barcraig Road is to remain.
Renfrewshire Council have received 470 copies of pro forma letters objecting to the Shillingworth development.  20/30 individual objection letters.
10 objection letters from developers opposing the Local Plan.
All these will now be collated and sent to the Independent Reporter.
Councillor Brown received a letter from Renfrewshire Council stating that the Local Plan has  been approved and is now policy.
This can now only be dealt with by the Scottish Government. Stuart McMillan, Planning Dept. has said that all relevant information would be made available to the Community Council.
Cllr Brown has reported potholes in Kilgraston Road.
A new street name sign is to be erected  at Strathgryffe Crescent.
Renfrewshire Council are to renew all road markings along Main Street.Renfrewshire Council is looking into new transport links. Cllr. Brown has had complaints about the price of Zone Cards.
There is no mention of travel links in the Community Plan.
Submissions for funding will have to be in for the start of the new financial year. Renfrewshire Council budget has now been approved.
Social Work Board is redefining services for older people to help them remain in their own homes for as long as possible, also to get people out of hospital and home as soon as possible.

Care and Connect Support at Home:
The Chairman introduced Trish Millar from Care and Connect Support at home, a lottery funded home support being developed under the guidance of Lochwinnoch Millennium Events  Group. It is delivering  low level support to the elderly Volunteers are to be paid for four hours but are expected to give another hour of time free. They are hoping that the scheme can be launched in September in Bridge of Weir, Lochwinnoch and Kilbarchan.

Secretary’s Report:
The Police Authority Consultation was finalised and sent on time.
A letter had now been sent to Dawn Construction after they cancelled three meetings arranged at their instigation by the Community Council telling them if they wanted another meeting they would have to arrange it themselves.  

Treasurers Report: The Treasurer gave a verbal report and handed out the balance sheet for comment.

Planning Report:
The Chairman thanked the Planning Convener, T Fulton for all his hard work in circulating and returning the Consultation plan to Renfrewshire Council on time.

Meeting with Brighter Bridge of Weir:
Three main points were discussed:
Brighter Bridge of Weir would like to enhance the Christmas Lights display. The Chairman is looking into funding and to speaking with the Co-operative to possibly seeking permission for the use of their building for the lights.

Dates being considered for the village clear up are Saturday11 and 18 May. If larger areas were to be identified they could be cleared by Community Services. It is hoped that Mike Connelly of Community Services will attend the next Community Council meeting. They may take over some of the services such as filling the grit bins and leaf sweeping.
The War Memorial is owned by Renfrewshire Council.

Leap had a meeting on 27 February.  The plan is to try and get some renewable energy in Bridge of Weir - Hydro Power from the river.  The Community Council will have some input into this.
There is to be a site visit to certain parts of the river where the current is strong. This could include the Locher Burn.

Police Authority Consultation:
The Consultation has been circulated to all members, the Secretary and J Farquhar managed to look at the localised bits that were relevant to Bridge of Weir.

Ground Maintenance and Roads:
There is to be a new fence erected at Mill of Gryffe.
The traffic calming on Kilmacolm Road is to be repaired.

Christmas Light Switch-On.

The date for the switch-on will be Wednesday 27 November
The time for this has been changed, the Carol Service will now be at 6.15pm in Freeland Church with the switch on at 6.45pm at Livery Walk.

Forum / LAC:
There was a presentation at the Forum by Andy Summers of Environmental Services.
Community Councils will now have to get their own Public Liability Insurance, Zurich is one but A McNaughton, Community Council Liaison Officer has given another name where their insurance is the same as Zurich but cheaper, it was up to individual Community Councils to decide.
L.A.C. The wardens are to receive a reward. They would like people to phone anonymously about dog fouling.
Hand held gritters can be obtained from the Warden Service.

Date and time of next meeting:
The next regular meeting of the Community Council will be held on Tuesday 2 April at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.

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