It’s fete season again! Join in, become a volunteer and make a difference. Over the last couple of years we have seen some of these regular events come to an end through lack of help, and often it is a small team of a few people who make all the effort. So please do your bit, if you can, and support these wonderful events.
GVRC and Beaton Brothers are holding their annual Charity Car Wash on Saturday 13th April at Station Road, Bridge of Weir. This is a great chance to get the car washed while helping the very worthwhile causes which GVRC supports. And the banter with the Beaton boys is worthwhile any time!
Renfrewshire are running their Big Spring Clean throughout April. The challenge is for every town and village to take part in a community clean up. We are lucky that most of our villages already have a ‘tidy team’ in place, looking after the flower beds and keeping parks and paths neat and tidy. If you would like to join in, look through our pages for your local group, or check out the Renfrewshire link on page 7.
Local Development Plan – the Plan is out for public consultation until Monday 10th June 2019. A Local Development Plan (LDP) is required for each council area across Scotland. It allocates sites, either for new development, such as housing, or sites to be protected. It also includes policies that guide decisions on all planning applications. LDPs must be adopted within five years of the previous plan. More details are on page 15.
Consultation on Fireworks – the Scottish Government is looking for our views on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. If you are a Facebook user you will already be aware of the heated debates that rage every time someone lets off some fireworks. While a fireworks display can be a very exciting event, there are arguments against their widespread and random use when considering livestock and pets, which can become very distressed with the noise. Love them or hate them, have your say. Details on page 10.
Bridge of Weir CC have now managed to meet with officers from the Council roads department. There will be improvements on all sides of the village with the 30mph limit extending out beyond St Margaret’s Church on the Johnstone Road and renewal of white lines at the Prieston Road junction. A traffic survey will also be carried out at this junction in the coming months to see what can be done to improve safety.
A decision on a current planning application for a hydro power scheme on the River Calder in Clyde Muirshiel Park has been deferred pending a site visit. A planning application to erect a wind turbine in the park has been refused.
Parking is a problem in each village. In Kilmacolm, a report suggests possible schemes for additional parking could be a second level in the main car park behind the Cargill Centre, or new parking facilities in vacant land in Gillburn Road, or a new car park behind the old police station on Lochwinnoch Road. All of these have their critics, but overall the need for additional parking in all the villages is paramount.
Good news in the local government budgets. In Renfrewshire, £40million will be invested in our roads, cycling and pathway network over the next 5 years. And another £29million will be invested in schools, with Bishopton Primary being one of them. £50k will be invested in Houston Road Park, Bridge of Weir, providing more play equipment which will be of a design to accommodate those with limited mobility. £2.3million funding has been granted for community halls, including upgrading the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch and initial refurbishment of the Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan. Good news too for tennis fans as a new indoor tennis facility is to be built at Rankin Park, Greenock with funds from Sports Scotland, Scottish Tennis and the Lawn Tennis Association.
So, let’s look forward to the long, sunny evenings to come – we hope!