Minute of the regular meeting of the Community Council held on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.
Present: P Allan, S Clark, J Farquhar, T Fulton, F Hewitt, S Lafferty, G Lethorn, S Liddell, H Martin, D McKenzie, M McClements, M Mills, E O’Hare.
Visitors: Cllr J MacLaren, Cllr M Holmes, John Wallace Roads and Transport Renfrewshire Council, J Mclean, P Carlin, J Fowler, B MacDougall. PC Harrod, PC Love.
Minute of Previous Meeting and Matters Arising:
Minutes were approved by Donald McKenzie seconded by Tom Fulton.
There were no matters arising.
The Chairman reminded members about matters or enquiries which required to be brought to the attention of the police, these should be emailed to the Secretary in advance who will forward to the police in preparation for the next meeting.
Cllr Holmes reported that the trees on Prieston Road had been cut back but required further cutting to prevent hitting the buses.
The War Memorial has finally been finished although the work men had to be called back twice.
There is a book being compiled by a group on all those from the village killed in World War 1.
Cllr Holmes is involved with Renfrewshire Council budget. There has already been a 17% cut and there is to be a further cut of 30 million in the next financial year.
The new Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council is Sandra Black who is moving from Corporate and Financial services.
A request has been made for a right filter lane at Torr Road traffic lights.
Cllr MacLaren will forward his report to the secretary.
Roads and Transport:
John Wallace, Roads and Transportation, Renfrewshire Council attended the meeting. He did not address it but answered queries and noted concerns.
M. McClements handed over a list of junctions requiring white lining.
Mr Wallace assured the meeting that traffic calming measures on the Kilmacolm Road are imminent.
J. Fowler, a member of the public brought attention to Traffic calming on Lintwhite Crescent The 20mph signs are too high. He suggested 20mph marking on the road. The problem of parking on the pavements at Lintwhite Crescent was again brought up.
Attention was drawn to the number of serious accidents on the Kilmacolm Road recently.
Mr Wallace was asked about the Bridge over the old railway line. He explained that it failed because of the footpaths. Currently bridges have to be brought up to a standard, but timing will be dependent on budgets.
Livery Walk recycling has improved but sighting of bins is still being considered.
The steps at Bonar Crescent to the left of Castle Terrace are dangerous due to being over grown and falling leaves, this was noted by Mr Wallace.
Although a machine had trimmed back the trees on the paths between Merchiston and Linwood they were still causing a hazard to walkers, a member said that it was not the council but the farmers who owned the land who cut the trees.
The Community Council have taken delivery of the new Christmas lights. At the present moment they are stored at the British Legion. The four poles will have two features on each.
PC Harrod and PC Love gave there report.
3 Theft by housebreaking. 1 Attempt housebreaking with intent.
1 Theft 1 Theft by shoplifting
1 Theft by opening a lock fast place. 1 Vandalism
2 Drinking in the street – 2 detections. 1 Other communications offences.
The police warned that some of the house breakins are through unlocked storm doors and advised everyone to lock their doors.
Cllr Holmes stated that there appeared to be a very low level of detection, the Police said that many offenders are caught a few months further down the line.
The Secretary handed round a sheet for everyone to check their details before going on to the web page.
Nomination forms were in for the Provost’s awards.
Letters were received confirming the school choir and Gala Queen at the Lights switch-on.
Fund Raising – Annual accounts Capital has been reduced quite significantly and there will be ongoing funding costs. We must maximise the opportunity of the Christmas lights.
The Treasurer has produced flyers about the Christmas Lights switch-on, these will be these will be distributed round local businesses.
It was suggested that we put more into the Advertizer, as there is a perception in the village that the Christmas lights are paid for by Renfrewshire Council.
It was further suggested a sub-committee be formed to fund raise, this will be chaired by the Treasurer and are looking at publicity and sponsor for next year.
The planning application for a house on Houston Road has been approved.
There are no plans in yet for the Shillingworth or Lawmarnock site.
The arrangements are being finalised and the starting time is confirmed at 6.15pm.
Scheme of Community Councils Consultation:
It was felt that nothing further could be gained from submitting anything further.
The next meeting of the Forum is the Annual General Meeting and this will be held on Monday 17 November.
The seminar in Paisley had been attended by T Fulton and J Farquhar. There had been various council departments present and it had been fairly well attended.
J Farquhar had talked to the Wardens. A lot of the dog fouling comes from professional dog walkers. If possible you should get their number and pass it on to the wardens.
It was felt that there is a difficulty in reaching the people who really need help.
Rubbish is being tipped in a garden on the riverside - Cllr Holmes will approach the householders.
A reminder that the last Brown Bin collection is at the end of November.
Date and time of next meeting:
The next regular meeting of the Community Council will take place on Tuesday December 2nd at 7.00pm in the Cargill Hall.