The Big Issue - Planning
Renfrewshire Council reports that 13 new or amended potential development sites have been submitted for consideration in preparation of the next Renfrewshire Local Development Plan. Consultation on the site assessments runs until Monday 20 November 2017(by 5pm).
More details can be found on page 50 of this issue and in some of the Community Council reports. This latest influx of applications may have been triggered after the Government announced the need for 20,000 new houses per year. Developers have seen the opportunity to get planning approved and are targeting pockets of greenbelt. Greenbelt was designated to protect the village boundaries, thus preserving the village as just that and preventing it developing into a small town. Local amenities struggle as numbers increase, and the actual beauty of a small village disappears as the green surroundings are engulfed with housing.
If you are concerned about what’s happening in your village, contact your local Councillors, attend your Community Council meetings, contact the Planning Department directly; make your voice heard!!! Even if you have objected before to any of these developments, please do so again as not all previous objections are carried forward to the new applications.
Remember, the deadline is just three weeks away, 20 November.
The annual Santa Sleigh will be visiting the following areas in December.
Houston from Friday 1st to Thursday 7th Dec (excl. Sunday 3rd).
Kilmacolm (North) on Friday 8th, (South) Saturday 9th Dec.
Quarriers on Sunday 10th Dec.
Brookfield on Monday 11th Dec.
Bridge of Weir from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th Dec.
Please support this wonderful event as all the money raised goes to the groups involved on the evening - a host of volunteers giving up their time to raise funds.
Bonfires & Fireworks, Ghosts & Ghouls
Paisley hosts a Halloween Festival on 27th/28th October with a spooky parade through the town centre. And it’s all going off on Saturday 4th November as we celebrate Bonfire Night with Kilmacolm Knapps Bonfire & Fireworks, Paisley Fireworks Display, Bishopton Scout Group Fireworks and Battery Park, Greenock. A display is planned for Glasgow Green on Sunday 5th November.
There are lots of festive light switch-ons - Paisley is on Saturday 18th November, Glasgow and Loch Lomond Shores each on Sunday 19th November, Erskine on Friday 24th November, Renfrew on Saturday 25th November, Houston on Friday 1st December, Johnstone Xmas Lights on Saturday 2nd December, Brookfield and Bishopton on Sunday 3rd December and Bridge of Weir on Monday 4th December.
We had a couple of Gryffe High School pupils with us during October as part of their work experience. Not something we’ve done in the past – I’ve always thought it would take too much time to manage – but I now think it is something all local businesses should consider. The youngsters don’t need a big project, just being in a work environment and getting to do a few tasks is all they are looking for to give them an insight into the big outside world.