This Month – November 2018

The Big Issue – Planning
Since the Government announced last year the need for 20,000 new houses per year, the developers have been inundating us with proposed sites for housing. As we went to print, I saw a post on Houston Community Council’s Facebook page advising that Gladman Developments has submitted a proposal for a residential development with associated infrastructure and landscaping on the site between Crosslee Poultry Farm and Crosslee Bridge, Barrochan Road, Houston. Further details can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website by clicking on Search for Planning Applications and Appeals and entering 18/0572/NO in the search box. It is not yet clear how many houses are intended for the site.
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.
Bonfires & Fireworks
It’s all going off starting on Friday 2nd November with the Fireworks Display in Kilbarchan Park at 7.30pm. Then on Saturday 3rd November we celebrate Bonfire Night with Kilmacolm Knapps Bonfire & Fireworks from 4.30pm, Paisley Fireworks Spectacular from 2pm and Bishopton Scout Group Fireworks at 6.30pm.
Theatre Treats
There’s lots to look forward to. In November we’ve got The Carrick Players presenting a Chekhov Double Bill in Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan Drama Group are presenting It’s a Wonderful Life and Kilmacolm Dramatic Society will perform their Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Then in December, Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group will perform Freezin – The Panto in Johnstone Town Hall.
All these groups absolutely love performing, and it is an excellent chance to see some brilliant performances, all in the local area. Please go along if you can – with the costs of hiring venues and performing licences creeping up, your support is much appreciated – and it provides some great entertainment.
Santa Sleigh
The annual Santa Sleigh will be going round the villages in December. We’ve got dates in each of our village sections to keep you updated.
Festive Lights
There are lots of festive light switch-ons – Paisley is on Saturday 17th November, Erskine on Friday 23rd November, Elderslie and Renfrew on Saturday 24th November, Johnstone Xmas Lights on Saturday 1st December, Bishopton on Sunday 2nd December and Bridge of Weir on Monday 3rd December. As we went to print we did not have details for the other villages.
Rounding off
Continuing our partnership with Gryffe High School, we enjoyed the company of Brooke Allison during October as part of her work experience. She was a delight to have in the office and I hope she learned a few useful skills while with us. She certainly heard a few jokes round the lunch table anyway! I used to think this 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.