It was this time last year that I reported on an application for the former Bull’s Garage site in Bridge of Weir. Plans for a retail outlet with cafe and parking along with retirement flats have been approved, so all we’re waiting for now is for work to commence. It’s very sad that the village lost the only local fuel station, but it will be good to see the transformation of the site in the coming months.
I’m delighted to report that Inverclyde Council have refused the application by Gladman for the site at Knapps, Kilmacolm. The grounds the plans were refused on will be ammunition for the other proposed sites around the village, namely that greenbelt should be protected and that with a falling population in Inverclyde, there is little evidence that further housing is required in the area. With applications for West of Quarry Drive and Planetreeyetts expected soon we hope the Council will keep these objections in mind. Kilmacolm Community Council report that Taylor-Wimpey will be holding a second public meeting on 23rd August in the Community Centre between 3pm and 8pm to present a further plan following the feedback from the first consultation.
And as we went to print, I saw a report that Inverclyde Planning Board were considering plans for a development of almost 50 houses at the Balrossie House site in Kilmacolm. The existing building to be converted into apartments, retaining some of the historic structure’s facades, and a further 49 houses in the grounds.
Cllr Derek Bibby reports that Renfrewshire Council has received notice from AWG Properties regarding a possible future planning application for a residential development at Barrhill Crescent, Kilbarchan. This event will take place at the Steeple Hall between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 23rd August and Cllr Bibby encourages villagers to attend.
An application in principle has been lodged by Gladman for the land at Carsemeadow, Quarriers Village for less than 50 houses, reference no. 18/0190/IC. This is not the old children’s nursery, but instead is the area of land off the main road, opposite Peace Avenue. Due to the small quantity of houses proposed it is unlikely that there will be a consultation meeting and the decision will be made at the monthly planning board meeting in due course.
The bollards on the traffic island leaving Bridge of Weir for Kilmacolm have once again been flattened and have been temporarily replaced with traffic cones. These in turn have been thumped a couple of times and look rather sorry for themselves. It seems that the island is simply not obvious enough so perhaps something more robust could be considered when it’s being replaced. Or maybe it should just be removed altogether?
There are to be more roadworks at Deafhillock, from the roundabout to the junction to the A737, and will take place from 28th July to 13th August, with the road closing from 8pm to 6am. While drivers are pretty fed up now with roadworks, at least these take place through the night to help minimise disruption to commuters.
Only a couple of weeks of summer holidays left – I think we can all agree that this has been one of the best weather-wise for a LONG time. Don’t worry, I won’t subject you all to photos of my suntanned feet in my garden!