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BRIDGE OF WEIR COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Community Council held on Tuesday 1 November 2012 at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.


PRESENT: T Fulton, J Ellis, E O’Hare, S Liddell, G Lethorn, H Martin, D McKenzie, G Svensson,

APOLOGIES: S Clark, H Tidswell, M Mills.

VISITORS:  PC Neil Reilly, PC Gordon Thomson.

The meeting was opened by the Vice-Chairman who explained that the Chairman was unable to attend due to work commitments.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising:

There were no matters arising, the minutes were proposed by G. Svensson and seconded by H. Martin.

Police Report - October 2011


Crime/Offence

Number

Detected

Assault-Common

1

Vandalism

7

Theft

1

Theft OLP

1

Theft X (dwell)

4

Theft X (other)

1

MDA

1

1

Total

16

1

There was a drug raid on a house in the village where it was discovered that cannabis was being grown.
The community police informed the meeting that door to door salesman and people offering services e.g. gardening, roof cleaning require a street trader’s licence.
They also advised that even when occupied doors should be locked and householders should be vigilant. If suspicious at all the police should be called – better safe than sorry.  A new unit has been set up to work alongside CID in cases of housebreaking.
Changes have been made to the licensing laws which will result in certain events for which a licence had not been required now requiring one. Details on this can be found in Renfrewshire Council’s website.

Secretary’s Report:

The Secretary reported that the AGM minute was with Renfrewshire Council and as soon as the audited accounts were received by them we would get our Administrative Grant.

The nomination form for the Provost’s Awards was presented, it was decided to nominate Brighter Bridge of Weir for their hard work to improve the village over the year, Helen Martin said that she would attend to this.


A letter was received from the Post Office on the opening of the new post office at The Bridge.

As decided at the September meeting, Bridge of Weir Community Council was supporting Fairtrade.  Allan Forsyth from Fairtrade Village has asked for a Community Council Motion.

Bridge of Weir Community Council wishes the village to be recognised by the residents and business community that actively supports and promotes Fairtrade and to increase the sale of products with the FAIRTRADE mark.
Bridge of Weir Community Council resolves to contribute to the campaign to increase sales of products with the FAIRTRADE mark by striving to achieve Fairtrade status for Bridge of Weir as detailed in the Fairtrade Foundation’s Fairtrade Towns Initiative.

Treasurer’ Report:

Special event insurance will be required for the Christmas event.
The audited accounts were presented and proposed by B. O’Hare, seconded by T. Fulton.

Councillor Reports:

There was no Councillor in attendance.  It was decided we should write to the Councillors as there has been no representation for two consecutive months.
The fractured sewage pipe near the Main Street entrance to the Glen has been reported to Cllr. Holmes by S. Clark and it was hoped that steps will be taken soon to repair this pipe.
The area in the Cul-de-Sac at the end of St. Machar’s Road is once again covered with earth and stones that have been washed down from land owned by Sustran’s. It was suggested that emails be sent to all three Councillors regarding the lack of road cleaning services in this area.

Planning:

The objection to the proposals for Hermiston has been placed.
Contrary to rumours circulating regarding building at Scart Farm, the actual work being carried out is by the Gas Board.
Christmas Light arrangements are in hand.


Primary School:

There has been a successful outcome to the action taken by parents regarding the proposal to use a succession of supply teachers for one of the Primary 1 classes. It has been agreed that the original teacher has to be reinstated until the end of this school year. However the situation will be carefully monitored by the parents regarding what is to happen in the 2012-13 school year.
It was agreed that the parents were to be congratulated on their successful campaign.

Post Office/The Bridge

Yet another success story for the village. Due to the efforts of the group “The Bridge” the village will once more have a Post Office and a shop. The shop will open on Monday 14 November whilst the Post Office will open on the 28 November.
The hours will be as follows:-
Monday  9.00am-5:00pm  Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am-2:00pm  Friday   1:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm


Neva Place:

In contrast to other areas of the village that have been improved by local groups Neva Place continues to be an eyesore.  It was decided to ask our Councillors to arrange a meeting between Head of Planning, Renfrewshire Council. and representatives of the Community Council in the hope that some effort can be made to finally enhance the area.


Date and time of next meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Community Council will take place on Tuesday 7 February at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.



 
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