East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://www.ernhw.org.uk/ Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:24:13 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum http://www.ernhw.org.uk/ en-gb Subject: Rouken Glen Park Festival from September 24-26 - Line-up has now been finalised - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47636-rouken-glen-park-festival-from-september-24-26-line-up-has-now-been-finalised#47636 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47636-rouken-glen-park-festival-from-september-24-26-line-up-has-now-been-finalised#47636
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Playground Festival finalises line-up

The line-up for the Playground Festival at Rouken Glen Park from September 24-26 has now been finalised.

By The Newsroom

Monday, 19th July 2021, 5:19 pm

Some of top names include Boy George and Culture Club, Orbital, The Libertines, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Glasvegas, James, Razorlight, Kelis, Roisin Murphy, Erol Alkan and Irvine Welsh.

The south side is set to celebrate some semblance of return to normality with a weekend of superb music, laughs, fun and family in our beautiful park.

Erol Alkan: “I’ve missed my trips to Glasgow, I’ve missed the warmth of the people, the sound of the crowds, and most of all, the energy.”

The festival has lots of surprises planned, from spectacular food and drink areas to a special VIP collaboration.

Playground Festival’s Ashleigh Elliott said: “We feel there is something for everyone at Playground Festival 2021.

“We are so happy the full line-up is now out there and hope you all agree it’s the best we have ever had. Bring on September weekend!”

Tickets are on sale at

Public Forum Wed, 21 Jul 2021 07:49:54 +0000
Subject: £19.5m+ Spend - Revised plans for redeveloping Aurs Road/Balgray Reservoir Darnley Country Park - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47634#47634 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47634#47634 Published The Extra On Line


Stunning reservoir promenade proposal for East Renfrewshire

Ambitious plans to create a stunning walkway on the banks of an East Renfrewshire reservoir have been unveiled.

By The Newsroom

Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 8:26 pm

Impressive new artist’s impressions show revised plans for redeveloping Aurs Road to create improved walking and cycling routes, which will run alongside Balgray Reservoir in Dams to Darnley Country Park.

The project is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal with the development set to begin in early 2022.

Throughout the pandemic, visitor numbers to Dams to Darnley Country Park have soared and the way people use the area has changed.

This led to the design team – in close consultation with walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland and Scottish Water - reconsidering the best way to improve the area.

Instead of creating a large visitor centre, it is now planned to focus on creating a range of facilities and attractions across the entire country park area.

This could include a smaller visitor facility with café, toilets at strategic locations, good quality play areas, and a range of other potential additions.

Work on this part of the project would get under way in 2023 following the completion of the Aurs Road transformation.

East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said: "Life has changed so much as a result of the pandemic and I’m delighted the project is now being adapted to meet the changing needs of visitors to the area.

"This will provide a fantastic destination for visitors, whilst also improving transport links and creating job opportunities. I can’t wait to see work getting under way next year.”

The Aurs Road project will also include realigning two sections of the road, the creation of a roundabout and the replacement of the weak road bridge.

This will make it a safer, more direct local route between Newton Mearns and Barrhead, with improved connections for walking and cycling, as well as enabling a bus route between the communities by replacing the weak bridge and realigning the road.

The boardwalk will also connect to existing paths, giving visitors a vibrant and attractive environment for leisure and exercise.

These significant improvements to the area surrounding Dams to Darnley Country Park will cost £19.5m to deliver and an application to Sustrans to fund part of the project is about to be submitted.]]>
Public Forum Fri, 16 Jul 2021 07:20:23 +0000
Subject: Barrhead: Fuming residents order selfish fly-tippers to clean up their act - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47630-barrhead-fuming-residents-order-selfish-fly-tippers-to-clean-up-their-act#47630 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47630-barrhead-fuming-residents-order-selfish-fly-tippers-to-clean-up-their-act#47630
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Barrhead: Fuming residents order selfish fly-tippers to clean up their act

By Pippa Smith Reporter

ANGRY residents have hit out at selfish fly-tippers who are turning Barrhead into an “eyesore.”

Among the areas to be targeted by dumb dumpers is Gateside, where household waste, bricks and even a lawnmower were ditched.

There are concerns that the problem has grown worse during the Covid pandemic as some people are too lazy to book a slot at one of East Renfrewshire’s recycling centres.

Barrhead woman Lorraine Griffiths told how she was left fuming after seeing waste piled on Gateside Road, leading to Neilston.

She told the Barrhead News: “I came up against this pile of rubbish when I was driving to work. It is absolutely shocking.

“The road is bad enough without having to navigate around someone’s disregard for the community and environment.

“There was a lawnmower, bags of rubbish and bits of wood. It looked like someone just couldn’t be bothered going to the dump, which is literally down the road.

“There are farm animals and wild animals around about the area which could easily have been hurt by this. It’s just not on.”

Earlier this year, the Barrhead News told how fly-tippers dumped more than 30 tyres at the side of a grassy verge which lines Fereneze Road, with some of them spilling on to the tarmac.

Those caught illegally dumping rubbish are committing a criminal offence and risk being fined up to £10,000. They could also face up to six months in prison.

A spokeswoman for East Renfrewshire Council said it has now cleared the rubbish from Gateside Road. She also stressed that everyone in the community has a part to play in tackling the problem.

“Fly-tipping is a blight on our community and we’d encourage residents to report any incidents via our website or by calling our free, confidential Ring and Report hotline on 0800 013 0076,” added the spokeswoman.]]>
Public Forum Sun, 11 Jul 2021 08:45:34 +0000
Subject: Councillors moan they have an awful lot on their 'plates' - Do we need more or just better Councillors? - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47629-councillors-moan-they-have-an-awful-lot-on-their-plates-do-we-need-more-or-just-better-councillors#47629 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47629-councillors-moan-they-have-an-awful-lot-on-their-plates-do-we-need-more-or-just-better-councillors#47629
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East Renfrewshire needs more councillors

East Renfrewshire Council is “under-resourced” and needs more councillors, it has been claimed.

By Drew Sandelands - Local Democracy Reporting Service

Friday, 9th July 2021, 5:35 pm

Councillor Alan Lafferty has been named as the new deputy leader after Paul O’Kane was elected to Holyrood on the West Scotland list.

His appointment was confirmed at a meeting last week, where councillors urged council leader Tony Buchanan to push for extra representatives.

Councillor O’Kane will continue to serve until the council elections in May, but has stepped down from a number of roles, including education convener.

Councillor Gordon Wallace congratulated Councillor O’Kane, but said: “If ever evidence was needed as to how under-resourced we are as a council, it’s right there in front of us in Councillor O’Kane’s success at Holyrood.”

The number of East Renfrewshire councillors was cut from 20 to 18 for the 2017 election.

Councillor Wallace asked Councillor Buchanan whether “pressure can be brought to bear on the powers that be”.

He added: “Each councillor has an awful lot on their plates and everyone is trying to do the best that they can. I would ask the leader of the council to please voice our concerns.”

Provost Jim Fletcher echoed the concerns.

He said: “We did have all party unanimity to argue for more councillors rather than fewer and it was obviously a decision of the boundary committee.

“We would have needed to go down the road of judicial review and I don’t think there was much appetite to take the risk for that.

“What was disappointing for me, was the lack of support from our MSP colleagues from all the parties when it was debated at Holyrood.”

Councillor O’Kane said he would “do all I can now and in the future to raise that issue”.

Councillor Buchanan added: “I would suggest that we should probably have about 22 councillors to cover the population of the authority.

“Although there is no review scheduled for councillor numbers, I’m certainly more than happy to push the issue.

“The population is continuing to increase, that in itself should allow for an increased number of councillors, for increased representation.”

Councillor Barbara Grant said: “It’s very, very bad that we are in a situation where we don’t have enough people to do justice to what the community needs are.”]]>
Public Forum Sat, 10 Jul 2021 11:13:08 +0000
Subject: £40 - CONTROVERSIAL charges for garden waste collection in East Renfrewshire were introduced today 5 July 2021 - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47626#47626 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47626#47626

5th July

Charges for garden waste collection in East Renfrewshire begins today

By Pippa Smith Reporter

CONTROVERSIAL charges for garden waste collection in East Renfrewshire were introduced today.

All households taking part in the voluntary scheme will need to pay an annual fee of £40.

Plans for the new charge, set to raise £800,000 per year for cash-strapped East Renfrewshire Council, were included in this year’s budget, which was approved in March.

A number of residents have criticised the fee, insisting the collection of garden waste should be included in their council tax bills.

A council spokesperson said: “Our new garden waste scheme begins today.

“You should only place garden waste in your brown bin if you have purchased a permit. Thanks to the over 15,000 households who have signed up.

“If you place garden waste in your brown bin and haven't signed up, it won’t be emptied.

Our staff will place a yellow sticker on your brown bin explaining why and directing you to our website, where you can purchase a permit or arrange a one-off collection.”

For more information, visit here.

Public Forum Wed, 07 Jul 2021 08:29:09 +0000
Subject: West Scotland list MSP (and ERC Councillor) Paul O’Kane has demanded lessons be learned over care home Covid deaths - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47624-west-scotland-list-msp-and-erc-councillor-paul-okane-has-demanded-lessons-be-learned-over-care-home-covid-deaths#47624 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47624-west-scotland-list-msp-and-erc-councillor-paul-okane-has-demanded-lessons-be-learned-over-care-home-covid-deaths#47624
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MSP demands lessons be learned over care home Covid deaths

West Scotland list MSP Paul O’Kane has demanded lessons be learned as the number Covid-related deaths in East Renfrewshire care homes have been revealed.

By The Newsroom

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 4:24 pm

Statistics from the Care Inspectorate show that between March 16, 2020, and March 21, 2021, 92 Covid-related deaths were recorded in East Renfrewshire care homes.

This is an average of 12 per 100 care home places, compared to an Scottish average of 9.2 per 100.

Westacres care home in Newton Mearns was hit particularly badly with 18 Covid-related deaths recorded at the facility.

Mr O’Kane said: “What happened in Scotland’s care homes during the pandemic was nothing short of a scandal.

Our heroic care home and NHS staff went above and beyond, but they were failed and put in harm's way by the Government.

“The 92 Covid-related deaths that occurred in East Renfrewshire care homes are a tragedy, and not only must those responsible be held to account, we also need reform of our care system and a National Care Service.”]]>
Public Forum Wed, 07 Jul 2021 08:18:53 +0000
Subject: The new ‘Here’ identity - New place brand for East Renfrewshire has been unveiled - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47623-the-new-here-identity-new-place-brand-for-east-renfrewshire-has-been-unveiled#47623 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47623-the-new-here-identity-new-place-brand-for-east-renfrewshire-has-been-unveiled#47623
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New campaign to inspire residents to shop, explore and love East Renfrewshire

A bold and ambitious new place brand for East Renfrewshire has been unveiled featuring 17 local businesses.

By Brian Yule

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 5:50 pm

The new ‘Here’ identity aims to unite the area’s unique towns and people, encouraging a shared sense of pride amongst residents following the effects of the pandemic, with the ability to promote East Renfrewshire as a desirable place in which to live, work, visit and invest over the longer term.

To support economic recovery following the Covid pandemic, the branding is featured in a new campaign inspiring local people to shop, dine, explore and love East Renfrewshire.

The branding is supported by a colourful design and local photography, but is anchored by a graphical patchwork showcasing the diversity of the different towns, landmarks and activities.

Led by East Renfrewshire Council, focus groups with residents, business owners, business improvement districts and staff led to the development of the ‘Here’ campaign.

Feedback highlighted that people across the authority have a strong sense of local pride and identity about the individual towns and villages where they live.

The new place brand celebrates the fact that residents are proud of being from ‘here’.

The marketing campaign is funded by the Scottish Government’s Town Centre fund and Scotland’s Town Partnership’s Love Local fund, and features 17 local business owners and some of the area’s beauty spots.

Online marketing will further support the campaign, which will include a series of social media videos fronted by TV personality and Giffnock native Jennifer Reoch, and featuring interviews with a range of local businesses on the importance of shopping local.

East Renfrewshire Council leader Tony Buchanan said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented disruption to the economy and this new place brand for East Renfrewshire is one of a number of initiatives planned to support local businesses.

"East Renfrewshire has an excellent range of businesses to meet many needs locally and it’s been fantastic to have local business owners involved in our new campaign to highlight this.

"Encouraging local people to support local businesses more will have a considerable benefit to the local economy, local business owners and their families.

It will support jobs and help strengthen our communities and get them back on their feet following the pandemic.”]]>
Public Forum Wed, 07 Jul 2021 08:11:25 +0000
Subject: The cost of building a new train station in Barrhead has increased by more than £9m. - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47622#47622 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/47622#47622
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Cost of new Barrhead station soars

The cost of building a new train station in Barrhead has increased by more than £9m.

By Drew Sandelands - Local Democracy Reporter

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 5:33 pm

Opposition councillors have raised “huge” concerns as the projected price for a new Barrhead South station is now £18m.

Inflation and changes to the scope of the scheme have been given as reasons for the rise East Renfrewshire Council chiefs.

A revised budget was approved by the council at a meeting last week. It had initially been expected to cost around £8.8m.

Funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal – a £1.13bn scheme funded by the UK and Scottish Governments – will be used for the project.

There is a £44m investment package for East Renfrewshire, with £38m from the governments and £6m from the council.

Councillor Stewart Miller said: “Although I’m not a civil engineer, the cost of the new station does seem quite excessive to me.

“I looked at some of the figures from Robroyston station and whilst the initial projected cost was around £10m for the whole project, it ended up costing £14m, or 40 per cent more.

“If the same was to happen at our new station that could end up costing council taxpayers an extra £7.5m

“I’m quite sure the City Deal cabinet would not be stumping up for the extra.”

He welcomed the station and the benefit for Barrhead residents “albeit at a vastly enhanced price”.

The station on the Glasgow to Neilston line would improve access to jobs and services for people in Auchenback and new residents in planned housing developments.

It has been benchmarked against the new rail station at Robroyston, which was completed in 2019 at a cost of £14m.

Costs have increased for several reasons, a council report reveals, including accessibility legal requirements meaning lifts and an overhead bridge are now needed.

The original estimate was based on a start date in 2018, but work is now expected to begin in 2023 and tender prices have increased due to inflation, the report adds.

Council leader Tony Buchanan said construction costs are currently expected to have increased by 30 per cent for “a variety of reasons, both as we come out of Covid and Brexit”.

He continued: “There is concern around those figures and obviously they have been looked at, we try to cover costs as much as we can.

“I’ve no doubt discussions will continue at government level with a view to taking those on board.”

Conservative councillor Jim Swift also questioned the potential cost of the scheme.

He said: “I do accept inflation is rising, I do accept that building costs can increase, but I do have some huge concerns.

“We’ve seen the cost of the leisure centre go vertical as well. We do need to be better at forecasting costs as a council.”

Initially, £26m was allocated for a new Eastwood leisure centre but, in March, it was revealed the overall cost could be over £50m.

Environment director Andy Cahill said he took on board the comments about forecasting, but some schemes had originated in 2014/15 so “many things have changed in so many ways”.

He added he would “do a value engineering exercise to see how much we can scale back without being detrimental to the quality of the facility”.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 07 Jul 2021 07:55:53 +0000