It was this time last year that I reported on the decision to close the local civic amenity depots at Johnstone and Linwood. Thankfully, and following a public outcry, that decision was reversed and the two sites reopened. This year I hear that the Council is adding to this resource with a “Rapid Response Team”. The Council’s mobile patrol squad aims to boost civic pride in Renfrewshire’s key streets and open spaces, preventing build-up of unsightly rubbish and street clutter in key hotspots. The aim is to supplement the routine street cleaning and waste disposal work done by the Council’s army of hard-working waste workers. The Team will also have powers to track down and prosecute rubbish-dumping rogues - target the types of waste which cause most everyday nuisance, offence and slip or traffic safety risks. This will mean a faster response to complaints about nuisance dumping, littering and fly-posting. Primarily aimed at Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew town centres, the service has been extended to include the villages of Howwood, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch.
See www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 300 0380 if you want more information about safe disposal of trade or household waste, or to tell the Council about fly-tipping, street litter, fly-poster and graffiti.
The public parks in Paisley and Renfrew are to be upgraded. This is a most welcome development giving many people an enhanced experience when they visit. However, I am very aware that other parks in the areas covered by The Advertizer are in need of a makeover. In particular, Howwood villagers have set up an action group to look into a possible community buy-out. The Howwood Public Park Committee have been working closely with local Councillor Andy Doig and others within the council to see if an asset transfer of the Park and Pavilion would be possible. Failing that, they plan to push for an upgrading of the park to an acceptable standard.
A last minute update on planning - an application has been submitted for the former Bull’s Garage site in Bridge of Weir. The application reference is 17/0490/PP, found on the Council website with plans, elevations and supporting documents, at http://pl.renfrewshire.gov.uk/online-applications. The plans show proposals for a mixed use development comprising a residential care home with 65 bedrooms, a supermarket of 8,000 sq.ft. (approx twice the size of the BoW Co-op) and a coffee shop of 2,000 sq.ft. There will be 20 parking spaces for the care home, with an additional 70 spaces for retail parking. A plan view of the site is available at http://pad.renfrewshire.gov.uk/NorthgatePublicDocs/00402238.pdf.
Staying with planning, the site visits scheduled for housing applications in Bridge of Weir in July were cancelled, with a new date still to be set. I believe the Whitelint Gate visit for a retail development did go ahead on 19th July, but too late for a report this month. I hope to bring you an update next month.
Brookfield Village Trust was set up several years ago with the aim to acquire Merchiston Field to help preserve the village envelope. Their AGM on 3rd August will provide an opportunity to hear a report on negotiations so far and the way forward. All welcome - non-members will not be eligible to vote but can join at the AGM. More details on the village news pages.
And finally, some great news on the roads. Councillor Natalie Don tells me that the A761 stretch between Bridge of Weir and Brookfield is now to be resurfaced and this work will be carried out following the completion of the existing commitments of roadworks in October. However, I sincerely hope that the Council will take the necessary steps to improve drainage along this stretch as this seems to be the main cause of the regular deterioration of the carriageway. Having just come back from a trip to the Highlands, where weather conditions are invariably more harsh than here in the ‘softy’ south, I am astonished at how good their roads are compared to those in the Central Belt. Is it something in the “watter”?