June brings us St Vincent’s Carfest and Milngavie’s Classic Car Show. Lilias Day, along with Lilifest, Bridge of Weir Gala Week, Accord Summer Fair, Howwood Village Fete, Bishopton Day, Langbank Gala Day, Kilbarchan Agricultural Show, Houston Agricultural Show and the Hessilhead Open Day are all great fun and entertaining – lots of things for all the family to enjoy. If we’ve missed any we apologise – please make sure we get your details by our issue deadlines.
The Proposed Local Plan for Inverclyde has been published for further public consultation with a deadline for responses of 29th June 2018. There are no changes to the status of Greenbelt land, and further Local Nature Conservation Sites have been identified in Kilmacolm. The Civic Trust, Community Council and Kilmacolm Residents Association have all been campaigning to alert Councillors to the importance of the preservation of greenbelt land around the village. Developers may still challenge the Council’s Plan, and planning applications have already been submitted by developers with a view to reversing the stance on Greenbelt. More details in our Villages section. To keep up to date on these plans, visit the relevant websites at https://kilmacolmcivictrust.org/, http://www.kilmacolmcc.co.uk/ and https://www.kilmacolmra.co.uk/. These groups also have pages on Facebook you can follow.
There will be a Pre-Determination Hearing on 14th June, 2pm at Greenock Town Hall to hear the proposed residential development at Knapps and North Denniston, Kilmacolm. Members of the public are welcome to attend but if you wish to speak at the meeting you are asked to confirm this prior to the date. Full details in our Villages section.
There have been an number of heated debates, particularly on Facebook, regarding the wearing of earphones when out and about. It has become a trend to listen to music whilst participating in all sorts of activities such as walking, jogging and cycling, to name but a few. This is perfectly safe in the confines of a gym, music on the treadmill is great – find your happy place and lose yourself in the beat, but the same carries with it certain hazards in the great outdoors. Personally, I have now twice witnessed a jogger stepping out in front of a car, apparently oblivious to the oncoming hazard. In each instance the jogger was listening to music and I presume they simply didn’t hear the car judging by the look on their faces when they realised their situation; luckily an accident was avoided. On the roads and cycle paths there are plenty of things to listen out for without the distraction of music. This also presents an opportunity, just take the time to listen to the silence, and then you realise just how noisy nature really is – it’s wonderful!
With good weather comes busy gardeners. However, gardeners beware. It’s still nesting season and some chicks and young birds haven’t left home yet. Please be wary when pruning and trimming hedges, trees and large shrubs.
Have a quick look in the branches before beginning just in case there’s a nest there. Nesting season is nearing an end for most local bird species, so a short delay in the gardening schedule is all that’s needed.
I will now say no more about the weather and here’s to a brilliant June!