held on Tuesday November 3rd 2015 at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.
Present:- P Allan, S Clark, N Don, J Farquhar, T Fulton, S Lafferty, S Liddell, H Martin, C McCulloch, E O’Hare,
Apologies:- D McKenzie, M McClements, and G Lethorn. Cllr MacLaren.
Visitors:- B MacDougall, Cllr Brown, N Ferguson, Sgt A Mack PC K Hutchison Police Scotland, Drew McNab Renfrewshire Council.
Minute of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising:
No matters arising. Minute approved by E O’Hare, seconded by H. Martin.
14 offences had been reported with 6 crimes being detected.
2 theft by housebreaking – 0 detected, 1 attempted theft – 0 detected, 1 theft from a motor vehicle – 0 detected, 1 theft by shoplifting – 0 detected, 2 Criminal Justice Acts – 2 detected, 1 Vandalism – 0 detected, 3 RTA offences – 3 detected, 1 MDA offences – 1 detected.
Roads, Transport and Ground Maintenance:
Drew McNab, Transportation Manager, Roads Department, Renfrewshire Council, addressed the meeting. He reported that the council was carrying out resurfacing or patching work at the following locations:- Lawmarnock Road, Kilgraston Road at the golf course, Clevens Road, and Livery Walk car park.
Footways to be attended to were, Houston Road, Kilgraston Road outside number 51.
He would instruct that the kerbs in Livery Walk car park be painted.
Asked about speeding at the entrances of the village he said that the speed notification cameras were usually only in operation for a few days as they not only give warning but also recorded the speed of vehicles, and were moved about as appropriate.
He felt that from data taken on Kilmacolm Road it was often inappropriate speed rather than actual speeding.
Houston Road Park Flooding. There was a lot of discussion about this and attention was drawn to the fact that it had been looked at by the parks department and they suggested that there was nothing wrong, however the water has never drained away in spite of the dry weather and after the last heavy rain the water was running out of the gate on to the road. This could cause a problem if we have severe weather. The depth of the lying water was also considered to be dangerous.
Concerns were raised about the amount of leaves lying on pavements which made them dangerous to walk, also pot holes or a rough surface on the pavement outside the vet’s at Windsor Place was dangerous to the elderly. Mr McNab took note of all of the above.
Cllr Brown reported that a POAN ( Proposal Of Application Notice ) had been received by Renfrewshire Council from Gladman Developments to develop land North of Kilmacolm Road. There is a public consultation/exhibition due to be held in the Cargill Hall on Wednesday 2nd December. T. Fulton stressed that they do not need to take cognisance of objections at this time. A lot of discussion ensued about planning applications and use of the green belt.
There has been no applications for the Bull’s Garage Site, this was due to difficulties with the land ownership.
Renfrewshire Council are aware of problems in Mimosa Road and that it was a difficult situation.
The Secretary reported that most of her mail sent this month was to do with the Lights switch-on, and was waiting on replies.
Treasurers Report: Report circulated.
Attention was drawn to an error, donation from Freeland Church was £250 not £2500 as was on the sheet.
Fund Raising Sub Committee Report:
Posters and letters would be handed into traders within the village. Unfortunately there will be no raffle this year.
The issues had been discussed as part of Cllr Brown’s report.
Christmas Light Switch On:
Four new lights had been purchased for the lamp posts opposite the Co-operative store, and some enhancement to the trees. The four lights may not be in place in time for the switch on.
The numbers being catered for this year will be increased, and the Chairman is working on how best entry to the hall for visiting Santa without having to queue too long.
Forum and LAC:
Nothing to report as no meetings.
Consultations, Invites, Seminars and Conferences: All information has been circulated.
Anyone interested in attending the conference on Older People in Inverclyde should register themselves.
T. Fulton attended the Digital Engagement Conference – making better use of modern media. Only 20 - 30 per cent of Community Council’s have a web site. Our Facebook page is used solely as a tool to let residents know what is happening in the village. Some Community Council’s use their Facebook to poll opinions. This is something that could be considered.
There is a national Community Council page called ‘Chewin the Fat’, and a web page The Knowledge Hub www.KNUB.NET.
Information on the Light’s Switch On will be posted on Facebook.
T. Fulton, E O’Hare, and S Clark attended the meeting of Bridge of Weir Allotment and Garden Society. The main talk was by their chairman who spoke of difficulties obtaining land, and the possibility that they could acquire a piece of land in Moss Road Park, this would be for raised beds and would require to be fenced and securely locked.
Most residents in the area were quite positive but there was also a feeling that if part of the park was used for this it could be the first step in using the park for other developments. It also raised practical problems of who would lock and unlock the area.
Tools could be stored in the container already there and shared with the local football team. There was no decision, however all in attendance filled in a feedback form.
Sustrans are in progress of doing a National Research Study. The state of the Old Station was a disgrace, and it was suggested that a track for Cycling proficiency could be put there.
Neil Ferguson was co-opted on to the Community Council. He was nominated by S. Clark and seconded by S. Liddell.
The next regular meeting of the Community Council will take place on Tuesday 1st December at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.