March 2018

Cold weather at the Knapps by Mark Hutton

 It’s that time of the year when we seem to be shrouded in darkness from dawn till dusk. Fortunately the beautiful Festive displays provide some light (no pun intended) relief, but it all seems too short a period when no sooner are they up than we’re taking them all down again. Therefore this year we decided to put up our lights and decorations at the beginning of December and we plan to keep them up until the end of February. Putting superstition aside, I hope some of you will join us in keeping the villages a little bit brighter during the winter months.If we’ve missed any content please accept my apologies. We lost our broadband during publishing week and had to revert to the contingency plan of working from mobile data. We’ve come a long way from the old dial-up modems and it was certainly a wake-up call to just how reliant we have all become on our fast fibre broadband. And I thought it was just the kids that protested when it was down!

We’ve made a few layout and style changes this month. Hopefully these make it a bit easier to find your way around the pages. If there is anything you think we could do to further improve the content or layout please get in touch via the usual channels.

One improvement on the roads, the traffic lights at Deafhillock Roundabout have gone and are not due to return until late Spring. A welcome relief to those who have had to commute through the queues day after day. Hopefully, when they do return, valuable lessons will have been learned and the delays will be kept to a minimum!

To the relief of many, a number of planning appeals have been refused for areas in Kilbarchan, Brookfield and Bridge of Weir. We wait to hear the fate of sites in Kilmacolm. We’ll provide an update in 2018. However, Bishopton continues to be bombarded with development and we believe that over 4,000 new houses are to be built, taking the total housing in Bishopton to over 6,000 houses.

BOLLARDS! I was intrigued to see that someone has decided to plant traffic cones on top of the crumbling bollards on the island leaving Bridge of Weir for Kilmacolm. On these dark nights, with no reflective coating left on the bollards, this is an accident waiting to happen. I presume the cones were supposed to help in terms of reflectiveness, better than nothing but I presume if a car were to hit these cones the resultant damage could be quite significant. Could we have a more reliable and safer fix... please!

Good news for parking in Kilmacolm. In January 2016 I talked about the suspension of the 30 minute parking enforcement in Kilmacolm. In January 2017 this had been raised to 2 hours but was still causing problems due to the requirement for a parking disc to be displayed. Now in January 2018 we finally get the good news that, while the 2 hour parking limit will remain, the need for a disc will be removed. This will surely help regenerate visiting customers to the local shops? And hopefully should plans for parking restrictions in any of the villages be implemented in the future they will be applied having taken lessons from the Kilmacolm scenario.

By the time you are reading this the unwrapping will be over with bundles of wrapping paper and maybe a wilting tree passed its best. Our local recycling centres will take various items including trees.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued support and look forward to working with you throughout 2018. A special thanks to our local Councillors and many other contributors who provide their news and updates and, of course, the local retailers, tradesmen and businesses for their ongoing support on which our community thrives.