BRIDGE OF WEIR COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Of the regular meeting of the Community Council held on Tuesday 3rd April 2007 at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.
PRESENT: Sandy Clark, Jim Ellis, Tom Fulton, Sandia Liddell, Andrew Crawford, Elizabeth O'Hare, Harold Tidswell, Margaret Mills, Nicholl Gardner, Donald McKenzie, Cllr. Puthucheary.
APOLOGIES: Patricia Allan, Gordon Lethorn.
VISITORS: Bill Brock (Gazette).
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all in attendance.
The minutes of the Special Meeting were proposed D. McKenzie and seconded by I Ellis.
There were no matters arising from these minutes.
The minutes of the previous Ordinary Meeting were proposed by M. Mills, and seconded by H. Tidswell.
There had been a typing error - there were only 29 crimes not as written 129.
Councillor Puthucheary said that she would be sending out her monthly report.
A community councillor asked her to visit the area at the end of St Machar's Road. There had been a visit by a representative from the Environmental Health Department of Renfrewshire Council and he had agreed that it did need cleaned up, but so far nothing had been done. The Councillor agreed to look at the area.
Councillor Puthucheary informed the meeting that during a visit by the Roads Department the issue of visibility from Prieston Road to the Johnstone Road had been some cause for concern. It had been suggested that perhaps one of the pillars at the War Memorial could be moved. This is a sensitive issue and the decision of the community council was that it should be discussed with the Royal British Legion before any steps were proposed.
The road works at the Johnstone roundabout are causing lengthy delays and questions have been asked as to when the work will be completed as it would appear that those using it that the work seems to be at a standstill
A community councillor felt that Renfrewshire Council should be congratulated on the repairs carried out at the steps from Kilbarchan Road to Montrose Terrace, however the top bannister subject of the original complaint has not been repaired.
It was asked if the 20's Plenty signs within the village are necessary as the money could have been spent on other things, however, Cllr. Puthucheary explained that the money for this had been provided by the Scottish Executive.
Although the Local Grant Board had met on the 20th March it had been decided not to distribute the 2007/2008 funds until April / May.
TREASURER'S REPORT: See attached sheet.
There had still not been a reply from Supt McCallum as to whether he will be attending the May or June meeting, another letter will be sent.
The visit to the Leather Works will go ahead on Wednesday 25th April at 7.00pm Names were requested for this visit as they had to be registered in advance for Health and Safety reasons.
The Forum meeting will take place on Monday 16th April in the Town Hall, Paisley.
Some time ago an application for the storage of gas tanks at Crosslee Farm had been refused. There is an enforcement order in place to prevent this, however it appears that the owner continues to store these tanks and the enforcement order has been ignored. Due to this the order has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
A site visit will be carried out by Renfrewshire Council to the disputed fence at Prieston Hill / Glenview for a decision.
It was reported that the web site is under way and an update will be reported at the next meeting. It is also intended to have the web site name on the Community Council banner
The Festival Committee had voiced concern that members of the public may bring their own pets to the "Petting Zoo" on Gala Day. It was explained that this was not expected to happen.
It is intended to have the 'switching on' ceremony on Wednesday 5th December with a similar format to the previous year, with perhaps a raffle being drawn that evening with the possibility of the tickets being for sale on Gala Day. A licence will have to be obtained from Renfrewshire Council and the tickets printed giving some details of the prizes.
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COUNCILS:
The Chairman and the Treasurer had attended the West of Scotland Meeting of the Association of Community Councils and gave the following report;
The March 2007 meeting was attended by Sandy Clark, and Jim Ellis. The meeting was Chaired by Vincent Walters the Secretary of the Association of Community Councils. The web site for the ASCC is 75% up and running and funding is now in place for a salaried support officer who will be based in Glasgow. There was brainstorming session in the morning where informal discussions on how local community councils function, the support that they receive and the relationship that they have with the local authorities and elected Councillors.
Sandy Clark was delighted to make comment that Bridge of Weir community council were well in the top half of the league table in all of the above. It also demonstrated in the morning discussion that some community councils were served well by their local elected councillor while other were not Bridge of Weir fell into the first category.
The question as to whether or not elected councillors should be mandated by their party to attend community council meetings was put to the panel by Sandy Clark, but after some discussion it was decided that it should be encouraged but not legislated.
The afternoon session gave the opportunity to question representatives of the four main political parties. I.e.
Conservative, SNP, Labour, SSP.
It was brought to the attention of the community council that when one of the local football teams were given the use of Lintwhite Park that they removed the goal posts that were used by the local children. They have new ones but keep them locked in a large container in the park. They have removed a facility and are very seldom seen there even for training. It was requested that a letter be sent to Renfrewshire Council asking for replacements.
A fence was damaged at Elm Road due to heavy lorries going to the building site at Loch Place. A complaint was also made of lorries mounting pavements and that not enough cleaning was done to the road or the pavement. It was decided to write a letter to Kier Homes.
DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING:
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st May at 7.30pm in the Cargill Hall.