This time last year I was I was lamenting on the lack of activity at the site of the old Library building in Kilmacolm. Now the site is busy with a definite structure taking shape. The site of the former Java Minute has been under wraps for some considerable time and it is great to see the covers coming off with a whole new facelift. I hear that this will be a wine-bar/bistro establishment with late opening to 10pm.
There are a few planning updates. A new group is being set up in Kilmacolm, made up of villagers concerned over a number of areas in the village greenbelt under threat. This reminds me of the protests a few years ago when Duchal Woods (Milton Wood) was under threat of development and the village rallied together to save the woodland space. The new group is looking for enthusiastic members to join their numbers. Details on page 32.
In Lochwinnoch the prospective developers at the Johnshill site have appealed against the refusal of planning. Cllr Andy Doig advises that he will be writing to the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) with his concerns.
In Kilbarchan, there will be a DPEA Planning Hearing on 18th July opposing the proposed Branscroft development. Andy also advises that there may be a new planning application to build on Old Howwood Road between Spateston and the village. Hopefully we’ll have an update by the next issue.
In Bridge of Weir, there will be site visits on 19th July by the Scottish Government’s Planning & Appeals Division to the Whitelint site at 10am and the site north of Kilmacolm Road at 1.30pm. Last year, 128 objections were lodged against the proposed development by Gladman Developments Ltd for 80 houses along the north side of Kilmacolm Road. No date has been given for the publication of the final decision on these proposed developments. Cala Homes has also lodged an appeal against the refusal of consent to their proposed development on Lawmarnock Road. The associated documents can be viewed at the Renfrewshire Council Customer Service Centre in Cotton Street, Paisley or online at www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk
The former Bull’s Garage site now appears to be under new ownership and rumours abound as to what may be planned for the site. Simply Construct UK in Glasgow advised that they are currently working on a planning application and will keep us updated as this progresses.
Renfrewshire Council’s capital investment programme for the roads and footway network will include roads in Bishopton, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Howwood, Langbank and Lochwinnoch, which will all benefit from some level of work, ranging from resurfacing to patching. We have posted details on our website of how this investment will be allocated over the various villages.
There is a list of proposed roadworks for Bridge of Weir but sadly this does not include the section of main road running out of Bridge of Weir towards Brookfield. In this area, leaving the village where the road runs under the trees, both sides of the carriageway are in a terrible state. There have been reports of tyre damage and I’m sure there will be more to come, possibly even a more serious incident as folks try to avoid the holes in the road. New councillor, Natalie Don, told us that she was hopeful that this will be included in improvement plans for later in the year. Meanwhile, drivers please take care.
Finally, a section of the A761 in upper Port Glasgow from the new school campus roundabout to the Boglestone roundabout will be closed for the first two weeks of July with diversions in place. Details on p26. Best to avoid if you can - canny locals will know the alternative routes!
Happy holidays to everyone!