The month of June is one of the busiest of the year. We’ve got a real high-octane adrenaline rush with the return of the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Seas, and for the petrol-heads, St Vincent’s Carfest, Milngavie Classic Car Show and the Erskine Classic Car Show. Lilias Day, along with Lilifest, Bridge of Weir Gala Week, Bishopton Day, Lochwinnoch Gala Day, Kilbarchan Agricultural Show, Houston Agricultural Show and the Hessilhead Open Day are all great fun and entertaining - lots of things for all the family to enjoy. If we’ve missed any we apologise - please make sure we get your details by our issue deadlines.
There have been changes to the local Wards, and that brings a mix of regular and new faces to our list of local Councillors. We’ve got an updated list on p24 and we look forward to hearing more from them about what’s going on in the local area in the coming months.
The Local Plan is under review. The Local Plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where. Adopted local plans provide the framework for development across the country. Inverclyde and Renfrewshire residents were asked for their input prior to the deadline at the end of May. I appreciate the need for further housing and the additional income for local traders would be welcomed I’m sure. However, I do question whether there are sufficient resources in these villages for these additional houses. Already places at local schools are at a premium, with lengthy waits to get a doctor’s appointment, congested parking and the roads which feed these villages are in some areas in desperate need of upgrades and improvements.
Staying with development. In Kilmacolm, it is very encouraging to finally see some structure going up at the site of the former Institute building at the Cross. Progress ground to a halt for an extensive period, but at last it’s taking shape. The new build will be a mix of residential flats above two shops, with residential parking and delivery space in the basement area off Smithy Brae. It is hoped that the larger of the two shops will house a much improved Co-Operative store, relocated from Lyle Buildings. There will clearly be some time of disruption whilst works are in progress, but hopefully the completed build and improvement to the village environs will be well worth it.
After a long dry spell, the welcome rain (for gardeners anyway) has caused the foliage to explode. However, gardeners beware. It’s still nesting season and some chicks and young birds haven’t left home yet. Please be wary when pruning and trimming hedges, trees and large shrubs. Have a quick look in the branches before beginning just in case there’s a nest there. Nesting season is nearing an end for most local bird species, so a short delay in the gardening schedule is all that’s needed.
And finally, some local business successes when the month of May brought us a number of Award winners from the local area. Cochran Dickie won Silver at the ESTAS, The Fox & Hounds won Best in Renfrewshire at the National Pub & Bar Awards, and Bluewater Dental and Kilbarchan Dental were both shortlisted in the Scottish Dental Awards.
Well done everyone! Here’s to a brilliant June!