This Month – July 2018
In this month’s issue we celebrate the 150th birthday anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and his contribution to the architecture of Scotland, and in particular Kilmacolm. An article on p24 from the Kilmacolm Heritage Company pays tribute to this great man and his vision. So it was heartbreaking to see the Mackintosh Building, loving called “The Mack” by so many, in flames. Especially after the fire only four years ago, and the success of the rebuilding work which was so close to completion. There is hope that the building may be salvaged, but at this stage it is too early to say for sure. It will certainly be a huge loss for Glasgow if it cannot be rebuilt.
Planning is in the news once again. Following a pre-determination hearing at Inverclyde Council, the application for houses at Knapps, Kilmacolm was unanimously recommended for refusal by the councillors. The outcome will now go to a full Council meeting on 28th June when it is expected the application will be refused. However, waiting in the wings is yet another developer, Taylor Wimpey, who are consulting on the land at Planetreeyetts.
Each of our villages are being eyed up by the developers and greenbelt land seems far preferable than developing brownfield sites already available. Just look at Bishopton just now – gone from a rather lovely village to a rambling small town, and still expanding!
Under the current system, a developer may be refused planning at these early stages, but they simply appeal to the Scottish Government Reporter. And if that fails they appeal again to the Scottish MSPs. During all of this, the objectors within the communities affected have no right of appeal. However, a group called “Planning Democracy” have submitted the “Planning Bill (Scotland)” for review at the Scottish Parliament, which MSP’s are debating on to see if the current planning system needs changing to become fairer. If successful, this would give communities an equal voice against the planners. Here’s hoping for a positive outcome.
One of the biggest consultations in recent years on the future of the rural economy in Scotland has been launched – and everyone in Renfrewshire who has an interest in rural matters is being urged to get involved and have their say. Coordinated by the National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA), an independent body providing advice and recommendations on rural policy to the Scottish Government, the NCRA has a vision for a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive rural economy, which offers potential for growth and the creation of new opportunities – and this consultation plays an integral part in achieving that. Our article on p6 has details of how you can contribute.
There are some exciting experiences coming this summer. The Erskine Classic Car show takes place at Braehead Shopping Centre and the National Airshow will take place at East Fortune near Edinburgh, both on 28th July. The Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day takes place in Paisley on 7th July and the Jurassic Bricks Dinosaur Trail will be running until 12th August at various locations around Paisley. And for something a wee bit different, why not try a trip between Govan and the Riverside Museum! Running every day from June onward (weather permitting), from 1pm-4pm, the Govan ferry is a free service connecting the Riverside Museum and Tallship to the Govan Stones and Fairfield Heritage.
Wishing you all a happy summer, don’t miss our deadline for the August issue – 20th July 2018!