BRIDGE OF WEIR COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Of the regular meeting of the Community Council held on Tuesday 2nd September 2008 at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.
PRESENT: Sandy Clark, Sandra Liddell, Andrew Crawford, Tom Fulton, Harold Tidswell, Nicholl Gardner, Patricia Allan, Margaret Mills, Donald McKenzie, Irene McCallum, Gordon Lethorn, PC Tracy Bryan.
APOLOGIES: Elizabeth O'Hare, Jim Ellis, (Attending Area Committee), Cllr Puthucheary.
VISITORS: Bill Brock (Gazette), Christine Me Vicar.
The meeting was opened by the Chairman who welcomed all in attendance.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
The minutes were proposed by Donald McKenzie and seconded by Tom Fulton.
MATTERS ARISING: None.
POLICE REPORT: The Chairman had asked for an extended police report in view of the fact that there had been no report at the two previous meetings, and that he had received a number of complaints of crime from members of the public while we were in recess.
PC Tracy Bryan reported that the new Police Sergeant in charge of community policing is Stewart Twaddle. She also reported that her area has been extended and she is now covering from Brookfield to the outskirts of Linwood, but was hoping for an increase in the number of police in the area. The crime figures were given from the 1st June.
Assault with intent to rob
Misuse of drugs act
Breach of the peace
Drinking in public
Proceeds of crime
PC Bryan explained that the proceeds of crime meant that someone who had profited from crime could have their money seized.
St Mungo Court - the problem has now been resolved.
Mimosa Road - the council is to re-possess the house.
Re; broken windows in Horsewood Road - there needs to be more than one call made otherwise it is not considered to be a priority.
CCTV van can record groups of youths for intelligence.
PC Bryan will look into the incident at St Machars Church.
On the matter of speeding on Torr Road and Kilmacolm Road she had seen some instances of not driving with due care. There had been four detections of speeding on the Kilmacolm Road, there had also been some drivers charged on Houston Road. The meeting was reminded that the community council had requested that the 30mph zone be extended beyond the park gates to Gryffe High School. It was decided
to send a further follow up letter.
PC Bryan informed the meeting that a Personal Safety and Robbery talk will take place in the Carrick Centre, Houston on 15th September, this meeting is aimed at people who work in shops or their own businesses.
COUNCILLOR'S REPORT: None
The Secretary reported that over the summer recess replies to some of the correspondence had been received.
A letter had at last been received from British Gas.
Renfrewshire Council had sent replies to the letters about the Grit bins at Loch Place and Dalmahoy Crescent, and the overgrown vegetation on the Mill Brae.
The Chairman had been asked by Rev Gray to do a reading on behalf of the community council at the Festival Week community church service. That decision was reversed by the Festival Committee. The community council wrote to the Festival Committee for an explanation of their decision, and to Rev Gray.
The Chairman of the Festival Committee was at the meeting and after discussion with the community council it was decided that no further action would be taken.
Tom Fulton said that there was nothing much to report.
Planning consent for the proposed flats at Tigh-na-Achaidh, Mill O' Gryffe Road was refused.
Locher House, Kilbarchan Road, an application for change of use from dwelling house to offices for the Leather Company.
An application for the removal of a chimney and re-roofing the property at Morrison Place has been lodged, this is a listed building.
The development at Maxwell Place by Westminster Homes is still in the planning process.
Windfarms, the public enquiry held on the Ladyland (Kelburn) wind farm is complete and a decision awaited from the Reporter.
Kaim Hill, a new application for a new windfarm comprising five turbines has been lodged with North Ayrshire Council. The community council will object to this application as it falls within Muirshiel Country Park.
History Boards- Kate Cuthbert, Access Officer has informed us that the programme is running late for the signs, history boards and leaflets, but is in hand.
Right of Way to Ladeside - a tidying up exercise, to formalize the legal position of the diverted right of way, when complete the diversion will become the registered right of way.
GALA DAY AND CHRISTMAS LIGHTS:
Gala Day - although it was a pleasant day not a great result financially for the community council. The Chairman reported that he was pleased to represent the community council at the opening of the play park. Further money had been raised and the Play Park Improvements Group are hoping to put in a zip slide and some extra equipment.
Christmas Lights - our request for grant funding to enhance the lighting display awaits a decision from the local area board. The Local Area Committee is meeting this evening.
The Festival committee have confirmed the availability of the village queen and attendants, but as yet has not confirmed Santa and his wagon. An update meeting will be held shortly. The secretary has e.mailed the band but has still not had a reply. Bill Brock said that he will follow this up.
Neil Ferguson of the Parks Improvement Group has received £3000 to start stage two of the parks project taking in The Glen and Lintwhite Park. They are now looking for further sources of funding , maybe from environmental services, and are now hoping to receive £8000 from the CCTV fund.
It was reported that Houston Road park gates are to be locked at night.
McGills Buses are now running a service from Buchanan Street, Glasgow to Greenock.
a. The visit to the new council offices had gone well, and it has been suggested that we should have an annual meeting with Bishopton and Langbank.
b. School closures, these do not affect us.
c. Community Policing- of the five questionnaires only four had been completed and returned, d. Parades and Marches - only three events, not controversial, e. Community Planning Conference. Tom and Sandra to attend the one in the Glynhill Hotel on the 9th, Helen Martin to replace Sandy Clark at Houston Village Hall on 18th September.
I McCallum has written to Renfrewshire Council regarding all the illegal signage within the area, she received a reply from G. Blair, Principal Administrative Officer, Planning and Transport, and reported that there appears to be an improvement.
It was suggested to invite Shona MacDougall, Director of Environmental Services to be our speaker at the Annual General Meeting on 7th October.
There was no report available as the Treasurer was attending the Local Area Committee at Erskine.
Date and time of next meeting.
The Annual General Meeting and the next Regular Meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th October at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.