Bridge of Weir Community Council was recalled from summer recess last week to discuss a response to a Planning Application in Principle received by Renfrewshire Council for the erection of a retail store including new access, petrol filling station and cycle hub at Whitelint Gate Johnstone Road Bridge of Weir.
Over 60 people attended the meeting after a lengthy and lively debate an overwhelming call for rejection of the proposal was made. The principal grounds for objection raised at the meeting include the proposals are contrary to Renfrewshire Council’s policy on green belt. The development, lying to the edge of the village, will have an adverse impact on the village shops and will lead to empty retail units in the village centre. This site is ‘contaminated land’ and disturbance during construction may result in leaching of chemicals to the nearby River Gryffe. Noise pollution from the large car park planned at rear of Gorse Crescent is inevitable. The proposed new round-a-bout on Johnstone Road will also compromise the old railway track bed, and therefore also dispel any future opportunity to bring back rail access between Kilmacolm and Glasgow.
The meeting closed after the Chairman encouraged as many residents to submit their individual objections as soon as possible. Information on how to make comment to Renfrewshire Council can be found by visiting the Community Councils Face book page or visit www.bridgeofweir.org