BRIDGE OF WEIR COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Of the special meeting of Bridge of Weir Community Council held on Tuesday 6th May 2008 in the Cargill Hall.
PRESENT: Sandy Clark, Jim Ellis, Tom Fulton, Sandra Liddell, Gordon Lethorn, Harold Tidswell, Margaret Mills, Nicholl Gardner.
APOLOGIES: Andrew Crawford, Irene McCallum, Elizabeth O'Hare, Patricia Allan.
VISITORS: Cllr. Puthucheary, Cllr. Langlands, Cllr Holmes, Helen Martin, Jessie Fulton, Representatives from St Mary's Church, St Machar's Church, Festival Committee, Tenants and Residents Ass. Play Park Improvement Group, Freeland Church, Kristian Truelson, Metropolitan College, Cllr. Derek MacKay, Leader, Renfrewshire Council, Fraser Carlin, Principal Regeneration Officer, Planning Dept, Renfrewshire Council, Nigel Lack, Policy Officer, Chief Executives Dept, Renfrewshire Council.
The Chairman opened the meeting by explaining that there would be no usual agenda except for the apologies and the minutes of the previous meeting.
APOLOGIES: Were as read.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: Proposed by Margaret Mills, Seconded by Jim Ellis.
MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTE: None.
The Chairman welcomed the speakers and introduced them to the visitors from the organisations invited to this special meeting entitled "Bridging the Gap" and explained the reason behind this special meeting.
This would be held in three sections:
1. Fraser Carlin, Village Action Plan.
2. Cllr Derek MacKay, Environmental.
3. Nigel Lack, Funding.
Fraser Carlin: Principal Regeneration Officer, Planning Department, Renfrewshire Council.
The Council had a commitment to Rural Areas and to improve and create safe places. There was now access to Rural Funding for improvements in public areas.
New street furniture would be put in place.
Core paths must be safe for users.
Re-surfacing of Ranfurly Road would cost £39.000, and surface treatment on Warlock Road would be £54.000 for repair and maintenance,
Livery Walk would be upgraded.
Maxwell Place, the proposed development is going through the planning process, leaving money available for the long awaited improvement to Neva Place.
Cllr. Derek MacKay, Council Leader, Renfrewshire Council.
Cllr MacKay announced for the first time the Clean Renfrewshire campaign. This campaign is to reduce litter and new signs will be seen on the refuse collection vehicles.
This is to encourage the public to do their bit by getting involved in cleaning and to become aware of looking after their own neighbourhood. Litter penalties will be enforced in September when a new team of Environmental Wardens will carry out the enforcement and anyone caught dropping litter could be fined £50.
Village clean-ups could be organised with the assistance of Environmental Services.
To give a better service we will have two street sweepers and demarcation will be removed from the workforce.
Businesses in the village will be encouraged to become involved and raise the profile of the campaign.
Nigel Lack, Policy Officer, Chief Executives Dept. Renfrewshire Council.
A presentation was given on the Council's newly drafted Are you Ready For Funding. A Community Toolkit document has been produced to provide information and advice to help anyone applying for funding through the numerous channels available.
The main points were, Getting Ready for Funding, Finding the Right Funding, The Application Process, Monitoring the Project, Developing Your Group, and Who Can Help. Nigel said that he would remain for the rest of evening to enable representatives from the various groups to speak to him directly on any funding issue they may have, and would arrange follow up meetings with them if required.
The Chairman thanked the speakers for their excellent and informative information.
The meeting then went into informal format with drinks and nibbles provided by the Community Council. This also gave the opportunity for individuals and groups to chat with one another.
The Community Council were successful in recruiting a new member giving us our full quota of co-optees allowed under Renfrewshire Council's Standing Orders for Community Councils.
Date and time of next meeting:
Tuesday 3rd June at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.