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282 MAR18 - Gryffe Advertizer

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houston, crosslee & brookfield 40 houston, crosslee & brookfield Let's hear from our Councillors Cllr Audrey Doig I am supporting community campaigners in the Magnus Road area of Houston who are concerned about the placing of a large Vodafone mast which many feel is intrusive and too large for a residential area. When the planning application went through Renfrewshire Council immediate neighbours in the Magnus Road area were informed due to the Council’s near neighbour notification policy, and I have to say that very few people were really concerned about the mast. In fact, many people were supportive as it was felt it would boost connectivity in an area where mobile reception is poor. I have already spoken to members of Houston Community Council who are now backing the campaign as well. I think the campaigners should consider approaching Vodafone to see if they could provide two or three smaller less intrusive masts instead of one large mast, so we can all go forward together in a spirit of local unity. I would also like to let Houston residents know that if they wish to either sign the petition or join the campaign they can do this through the Houston Community Council website. I am also always available to constituents who can call me on 07768 130935, or e-mail: cllr.audrey.doig@renfrewshire.gov.uk. Cllrs Alison Dowling and Jim Sheridan Magnus Road Phone Mast: The Houston community has been shocked by the appearance of a monster mobile mast eyesore that has been erected near residential family homes. The Vodafone mast is 20 metres in height and looms over nearby houses. It has caused an outcry amongst locals and has sparked a campaign to have it moved with a petition, supported by Houston Community Council, gathering over 500 signatures. Worryingly, due to recent changes in Scottish Planning legislation, telecommunication companies can now erect masts under 25 metres without planning permission. The Magnus Road mast sets a dangerous precedent and flies in the face of local democracy. The link to the online petition is https://you.38degrees.org.uk/ petitions/relocate-mobile-mast-away-from-magnus-road-houston. Metal Bridge at Ardgryffe Crescent, Houston: The bridge is an integral part of Houston’s walking routes to all three schools, shops, community events etc., and with the upgrading of Ardgryffe play park this year, the bridge will be utilised by residents even further. Unfortunately, the bridge has been in a poor state of repair for years. Negotiations are ongoing with Taylor Wimpey, the bridge owner, to undertake much needed repairs, and we will continue to press TW to deliver on their obligations. Potholes: As Councillor’s we have been swamped with complaints about potholes. Problem areas include North Street, the roundabout near St Fillan’s Primary, Kilmacolm Road and throughout Brookfield and Linwood. The more rural areas have been particularly hard hit. Weather issues have played a key role in deteriorating road conditions but, if you look across Renfrewshire in its entirety, the number of potholes is now at an unacceptably high level. Under the previous administration, Labour’s investment in this year’s roads budget was £6.716 million, the biggest ever single year allocation. With the council budget for the next year coming up, it’s critical that the current SNP administration make a commitment to getting the pothole problem under control. RAH Children’s Ward Closure: At a special meeting of Renfrewshire Council, a motion against the closure of the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Ward 15 was won by 21 Labour, Conservative and Independent votes to 18 SNP votes. The motion called on SNP health secretary Shona Robison to reverse her recent decision to close the children’s ward and transfer services to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Glasgow. The closure has come as a bitter blow for families and campaigners who have fought for the children’s ward for 6 years. Evidence points to budget cuts for the closure, despite claims that it has been led by clinical need, which have been met with derision locally. The campaign to protect local health services goes on, especially for the RAH neo-natal unit and maternity ward following the disgraceful closure of the children’s ward. houston, crosslee & brookfield Parlez Vous Francais French Conversation group meets every Wednesday from 9.30am till 12noon at Fox & Hounds. Informal tuition same venue 2pm - 4pm. Phone 01505 871 343, 07463 570464 or email avril.forbes2015@ outlook.com the advertizer H.O.S.T. The Carrick Centre, Houston (Houston Old School Trust) Monday to Friday Woodlands Out of School 01505 615438 Coffee Shop Mon - Fri 9am - 4.30pm Sat 9am - 4pm MONDAY Yoga (Weekly) @ 1pm - Mary Laidlaw 01505 229112 | Diaporama (12th) @ 7.30pm | Young Farmers AGM (12th) @ 7.30pm | Sewing Group (Weekly) @ 10am - 12noon TUESDAY Paint Pot Tots (Weekly) @ 10am - Dawn Campbell 07789 262350 | Galaxy Dance (Weekly) @ 4pm - 7pm | Yoga (Weekly) @ 7pm - M/s Lawson 01505 613690 | Councillor Surgery @ 6.45pm – 7.30pm WEDNESDAY Big Kids Little Learners @ 10am – 11am - Janine Neil 07870 697010 | Gryffe Melody Makers @ 7pm | Community Council (21st) @ 7.30pm | Gryffe Camera Club (Weekly) @ 7.30pm THURSDAY Gryffe Quilting Group @ 1.15pm - 3.15pm (15th- 10am) | Primary Colours (Weekly) @ 3.30pm – 4.30pm | Crafty Friends @ 7.30pm | Folk Club (weekly) @ 8pm iaintdawson@gmail.com 07786 078952 | Galaxy (Weekly) @ 3.30pm - 7pm FRIDAY Yoga (Weekly) @ 10.30am M/s Lawson 01505 613690 | Big Kids Little Learners (Weekly) @ 1pm – 2pm Janine Neil 07870 697010 | Galaxy Dancing (Weekly) @ 3.30pm - 7pm | M.P. Surgery Gavin Newlands @ 12.30pm – 1.30pm | Carrick Nights (2nd) @ 8pm SATURDAY Galaxy Dancing (Weekly) @ 9.30am - 5pm (3rd 11.30 finish) | Councillors Surgery (rm5) @ 11.30pm – 12noon SUNDAY Baptist Church (Weekly) @ 11am and 6pm Booking enquiries to: Ian Simpson 01505 612203 Bill Haddow 01505 690693 Stewart Scally 01505 674277 hostbooking@outlook.com or The Coffee Shop houston, crosslee & brookfield Crafty Friends Crafty Hobbies is what we do Come and join our Crafty crew Come & learn some Crafty makes Followed by some tea and cakes We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in the month at 7.30pm in the Carrick Centre Houston. No previous craft experience necessary. We are just a group of ladies who enjoy making things! Contact - Lorna Cairns 612844 or Shirley White 610721. School Meals Price Increases: It is hugely disappointing that in the first year of their new administration the SNP are immediately putting the price of school meals up. School meal price increases will hit Renfrewshire families who are just over the income threshold for free school meals, and prove a strain on families with more than one child to feed. The Scottish Government’s funding cuts for councils continue to force hard choices to be made locally, but the decision to pass this burden on to the cost of the school day is unfair, and should be reversed. Your Ward 10 Councillor ... for Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield & Linwood deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: info@advertizer.co.uk 41 houston, crosslee & brookfield Protest at Vodafone mast At the beginning of February, residents attended a demonstration at the huge 20 metre (67 ft) high Vodafone mast in Magnus Road, Houston. They want Vodafone to move the mast away from residential housing and to consider alternative locations/solutions. They are hoping a solution can be found whereby the community is offered a better signal without the distress this mast creates. They are complaining about the lack of any meaningful consultation with residents and the lack of democracy in the siting of this mast. It also starts a worrying trend where Telecom companies can erect these 4G masts, which can be up to 25 metres (83 ft) in height, next to pavements and houses with no screening and no planning permission required (just a prior approval application). Since these masts have an operating radius of only half a mile it is likely that we will be seeing more of them dotted throughout our villages. The de-regulation of planning controls for Telecom companies introduced by the Scottish government in July 2017 was devolved from UK law and the Scottish parliament did not vote on it – it was passed by a committee. This is a major change in planning legislation and it is likely to affect us all. We feel it is important that the appearance of our villages is considered and residents consulted when Telecom companies are siting these masts. HCC Chair John McEvoy stated “This petition has the full support of Houston Community Council. There was no significant public consultation with the local residents and the recent change in the law to the effect that telecommunication companies can now erect masts wherever they like and without planning permission flies in the face of democracy. It is also at odds with the recent Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act” The petition also has cross party political support. If you agree please sign our petition which aims to persuade Vodafone to move the mast to a location away from residential housing. Our aim is also to have the deregulation of planning controls for Telecom companies reviewed by the Scottish government. Sign the petition at the following link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/relocate-mobilemast-away-from-magnus-road-houston houston, crosslee & brookfield Who, Why, How? Are you interested in discussing who we are, why we are here, predestination or free will, western philosophy versus eastern philosophy? We meet in Fox and Hounds once a fortnight. Contact 01505 871343 or 07463 570464 or email avril.forbes2015@ outlook.com. @GryffeAds www.advertizer.co.uk houston, crosslee & brookfield New Sewing Class Got a sewing machine but never used it or just lost confidence? Do you want to know how to raise/lower a hem or change a broken zip? We might just have the solution. A new SEWING CLASS has started in the Village Hall Library on a Tuesday evening from 7 - 9pm. Come along and learn essential techniques every Beginner or Refresher Sewer should know. £10 per class. Places for 6-week block must be booked in advance. Contact brookfieldvpa@gmail.com for more information or to book a place. houston, crosslee & brookfield Houston & Crosslee SWI We continue our interesting syllabus with a talk about the Paisley Thread Museum on Wednesday 14th March. Our penultimate meeting on Wednesday 11th April will be our AGM and Mini Show We meet in the Compass Centre, South Street, Houston on the second Wednesday of the month, please come and join us, you will be made very welcome. If you wish further information please contact, Arlene MacKay on 07932 459994. houston, crosslee & brookfield Houston and Killellan Kirk Coming to Houston for one Night Only. ZUGLO CHURCH CHOIR FROM BUDAPEST Appearing at Houston and Killellan Kirk Saturday 17th March at 7pm No tickets required. Free entry. Donations to Kirk Funds Please support this unique event in our village. Tell you friends and neighbours. houston, crosslee & brookfield Houston & Killellan Kirk World Day of Prayer This year the World Day of Prayer will be held in Houston and Killellan Kirk on Friday 2nd March at 7.30pm. Everybody will be made most welcome. houston, crosslee & brookfield 105 Years Young! Dr. Iain Findlay, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, presenting Mrs. Marion Dawson with her 105th Birthday Card from her Majesty the Queen. She celebrated this special occasion with her family and friends at the River Inn, Crosslee. houston, crosslee & brookfield Houston and Killellan Agricultural Society Annual Show The Annual Show will be held on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Schedules for the Craft and Baking will available in March and can be got from the Post Office, the Paper Shop, Houston, or by contacting Isabelle Stuart contact: issistuart@ gmail.com or 01505 613479. churches in Houston................................ Houston and Killellan: All Services will be led by Rev. Ian Bell unless stated otherwise. Friday 2nd March 7.30pm World Day of Prayer. Sunday 4th March 11am, 2pm & 6.45pm The Sacrament of Holy Communion. Sunday 11th March 11am Morning Worship. Sunday 18th March 11am Morning Worship; The Annual General Meeting follows this Service. Sunday 25th March 11am Morning Worship. 26th - 30th March Holy Week. Monday 26th Houston and Killellan Kirk. Tuesday 27th Joint Service with Linwood Parish at Houston and Killellan Kirk. Wednesday 28th Joint Service with Linwood Parish at Linwood. Maundy Thursday 29th Houston and Killellan Kirk the Sacrament of the Last Supper. Friday 30th Good Friday Houston and Killellan Kirk. St Fillan’s, Main St, Houston: Sun Masses: Vigil (Sat) 5pm, 9.30am & 11am. Weekday Masses: Mon - Sat 9.30am. Rosary: Tue, Thurs & Sat 9.10am. Exposition: Mon, Wed & Fri 9.05am. Confessions: Sat 10am - 10.30am and after Vigil Mass. Baptism: By arrangement. Parish Priest: Rev. Joseph Burke. Pastoral Assistant: Sr. Mary Frances Collett, RNDM (Tel 01505 613514). Address: ‘Abbotsfield’, St. Fillan’s, Main St, Houston, PA6 7EL. T. 01505 612046. E. parish@stfillan.org.uk www.stfillan.org.uk Houston Baptist Church at Carrick Centre: 11am Family services with SS for children age 5 - 12; 6pm Eve Service; Mid-week Home Bible Study; For more information contact; Rev. D Snelson 01505 612722. Church of the Nazarene: Village Hall, Main St, Houston PA6 7EL. Rev. Benito S Coetzee. Family services at 10.30am with full toddler, children & youth activities running concurrently with the service. Youth meets at 6.30pm - 8pm on Sundays. Word and Table Quiet Service held from 9am - 9.30am every 3rd Sunday. www.houston.nazarene.org.uk houston, crosslee & brookfield

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