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282 March 2018 - Gryffe Advertizer

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44 the advertizer kilbarchan, howwood, lochwinnoch & elderslie kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Let's hear from our Councillors Cllr Andy Doig As Convener of the A737 Partnership Group I recently convened a meeting with other Councillors from Johnstone and the Villages, and with Neil Bibby MSP and Tom Arthur MSP, to discuss with the Parliamentarians how best they felt they could advance our campaign to upgrade the A737. This is particularly important for the residents of Howwood with the notorious Howwood junction onto the A737 and the MSP’s gave us wise counsel as to how best to proceed. At a recent meeting of the Council’s Planning and Property Board I moved against the expansion of Braehead Shopping Centre on the basis that it was in opposition to the five town centre strategy plans, which are official council policy, and in which we state that we wish to prioritise economic development in and around our town centres rather than in out of town shopping malls. I was pleased to get the support of other Councillors and the application was rejected by 9 votes to 4 votes. At the last meeting of Kilbarchan Community Council, following a discussion about the respective remits of local Cllrs and MSP’s in planning applications, I have sent a briefing from Council Officers about this matter onto all local community councils in my ward for their information. At the request of Lochwinnoch Community Council I have been investigating the possibility with Council Officers of installing lighting at Lochwinnoch War Memorial, so successful has the installation of lighting at Houston War Memorial been. I am always available to constituents who can call me on 07534 148224, tweet me on CllrAndy4Ward8, e-mail me at, or facebook me on Cllr Derek Bibby A special meeting of Renfrewshire Council took place on the 8th February in the wake of the announcement by the Scottish Governments Health Secretary that the Children’s Ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley is to close. This decision will have significant consequences for families with sick children in Kilbarchan, Howwod, and Lochwinnoch, not the least of which will be the additional distance and travelling time to the Glasgow hospital, and there is a concern over capacity issues at the new hospital and its ability to meet local need and demand. At the council meeting there was reference to one Renfrewshire mother who recently had to travel with her child in the snow to Edinburgh, due to there being no bed in the new Glasgow hospital. We need to protect our local services and I am pleased that the motion from all opposition councillors to call on the health secretary to reverse this decision was passed despite administration councillors voting against the motion. The council will now write to the Scottish Government confirming the democratic will of its members and demanding that the decision is overturned. The cold winter weather continues to bite, and there have been ongoing problems with the lack of gritting salt. In Howwood in particular, I have received reports of empty grit bins, with local residents willing but unable to grit their roads and pavements. Following several mild winters, this year has been something of a wake up call and a challenging one for council services. A review of the current winter maintenance plan is clearly needed to find out where improvements need to be made, and how our villages can receive at least a fair share of attention and resources. I will press for this to take place. I am pleased that McGills buses are reconsidering their recent decision to withdraw the student day ticket. Students who travel from our villages to college and university to Paisley and Glasgow, or elsewhere, should not face increased costs by having to purchase adult day or weekly tickets. I have supported calls to have the decision reversed, and commend the members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for their role in leading the campaign. From Saturday 3rd March I will be holding my Johnstone surgery in Johnstone Town Hall at 12.30 pm and subsequently on the first Saturday of every month except January and July. My surgeries in the villages remain unchanged: 9am in the McKillop Institute, 10am in the Village Hall Howwood, and 11am in the Steeple Hall Kilbarchan. Meantime please contact me at cllr.derek.bibby@ or phone 0300 300 1274 or 07534156007 Cllr Bill Binks Education and Children’s Services Policy Board The Scottish Government has designated 2018 as the Year of Young People (YoYP). Renfrewshire Youth Services will be working with a range of youth groups to promote YoYP. If you are interested to know more then please contact Renfrewshire Youth Service direct. Consultation on Education (Scotland) Bill. The idea is to ensure that head teachers, local authorities and the new Regional Improvements Collaboratives (RIC) are able to work closely together in order to improve outcomes for children and young people. The Head Teachers’ Charter will give decision making powers to head teachers in four key areas – Curriculum, Improvement, Staffing and Funding. The proposed changes will have a significant financial implication for the local authority. A portion of education funding from local authorities will be taken and devolved directly to schools. Head Teachers salaries are based on a national job sizing scheme so changes in their duties may have implications for grading and salaries of these staff. Bin Lorry Action Plan As a result of the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy, Renfrewshire Council has produced a bin lorry action plan. Enhanced medical examinations have been undertaken for all PSV and LGV drivers. A two yearly eyesight examination has been embedded with the medical checks. All vehicles will be fitted with immobility emergency equipment in the case of a driver falling ill etc. Beith Road – Fixed Camera Report In September 2017 the Scottish Safety Camera Programme introduced a fixed speed camera to Beith Road Johnstone close to Johnstone High School. Prior to the camera installation, 72.7% of vehicles travelling this road were over the speed limit. The most recent survey shows the percentage has been dramatically reduced to 11.5%. Additionally, average speeds have reduced from 33mph to 28mph. This report makes a case for the villages of Howwood, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch having speed cameras at their black spots. Planning (Scotland) Bill 2017 by Cllr Bill Binks The Planning Bill was introduced at the end of last year and is just starting its journey through the parliamentary process. Some of the current 35 Sections of this Bill raise a number of issues that will affect Councils, elected Members and Community Councils. In brief, the proposal is to end the need for supplementary guidance in connection with local plans, introduce local place plans prepared by community bodies – which a planning authority must have regard to when preparing the local development plan - It does not say what would happen if a council does not like the local place plan. It proposes a requirement for all members of planning authorities to complete training and pass an exam before taking part in planning functions. It will allow Scottish Ministers to transfer the functions of a planning authority which fails to comply with the training requirements to another planning authority or Scottish Ministers. The Government wants the appeal system to stay as it is with only applicants being able to appeal to and with Ministers having the ultimate say. Your Ward 9 Councillors ... for Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderlsie deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: 45 kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Bubbling Up in Lochwinnoch In Lochwinnoch, a residential development is likely to happen at the old Struthers Lemonade Factory in Church Street. However, it seems that the developers are not planning to retain the borehole on the site which currently yields over 400,000 litres of fresh, clean water every day – a small part of which is sold to Eden Springs Bottling Company. The Struthers Water Action Group (SWAG) is looking at the possibility of taking over the source as a community asset which could provide an income of several tens of thousands of pounds a year. The abstraction point will need to re-located outwith the site, either in the recreation ground or a site in Lochhead Avenue, and we are currently looking at the technical feasibility and costs of doing this before working on a business plan. If anyone is interested in helping the group, they can contact us at or phone 01505 842380. We are particularly interested in help in preparing a business plan and funding bids, but any help would be welcome. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Lochwinnoch SWI The March meeting of Lochwinnoch SWI will take place on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30pm in the McKillop Hall. There will be a talk on the “Hidden treasures of Glasgow” - this should be an interesting and informative evening. We look forward to welcoming members, friends and visitors. Further info from Elma Richmond 01505 843193 or kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village ... The Third Lochwinnoch Golf Club Tea Dance kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Lochwinnoch Arts Festival 2018 supporting St Vincent’s 30 years of care and support In tribute to St Vincent Hospice, - an organization that has cared for and supported many people in and around Lochwinnoch for the past 30 years - the Festival is hosting a number of fundraising events. One not to miss is "Everyone should come to Sing for St Vincent’s" (No talent or experience required!). Sing for St Vincent’s with Lochwinnoch Choral Society Sunday 18th March Parish Church 2pm to 4pm Everyone welcome let’s make this a huge event!! We invite you to help fill the Parish church, to join with the Lochwinnoch Choral Society and really raise the roof! We'd love the whole community to join together and sing for St. Vincent's and help this fantastic charity celebrate 30 years of service to our community. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Scottish Country Dance Class Tuesdays in the McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch at 7.30pm. We always have great fun and it's good exercise too! Phone Lorna Black 01505 843048 for more info. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Mothers Day Gift and Craft Fayre Sunday 4th March Kilbarchan Guide Centre, High Barholm, Kilbarchan from 1pm to 4pm. Come along and browse our fantastic local crafter stalls. More than 20 to choose from; jewellery, soaps, art work, sweets, cards, books and much more...... Something for everyone! Entry: Adults £1.50 Children £0.50 We would love to see you there! All funds raised will go towards World Challenge Bolivia. The third free Tea Dance in support of Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village will be on Friday 2nd March 2pm till 4.30pm. Come and dance, sing and have fun with the fantastic ‘Music Box’ and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea from Janice and her team! Donations at the event!! For more info contact Morag on 07868 752814. The official launch of Lochwinnoch Dementia Friendly Village Project on Friday 27th April in the Calder church 7.30pm more information to follow. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Kilbarchan Parish Church Messy Church Our next Messy Church takes place on Saturday 17th March in the Church Halls from 4pm – 6pm. Our theme will be “The Lost Sheep” and all our volunteers are looking forward to thinking up crafts etc. to cover this theme. All young people will be made most welcome and I’m sure that the adults you bring along with you will also enjoy joining in. We close by sitting down to eat together and catch up with friends old and new. kilbarchan - howwood - lochwinnoch - elderslie Kilbarchan Parish Church Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club. The club takes place on Mondays from 9.15am - 11.30am in the church hall and is run by a group of volunteers from the church. We are delighted to welcome tots from birth-3 years, along with their accompanying adults. There is a huge variety of toys and bouncy castle for the tots and enjoyable company with tea/coffee for the adults. The cost remains £1 for adults. The term finishes on Monday 26th March and resumes on Monday 16th April. Kilbarchan Parish Church Drama Group Rehearsals are now underway for the next production “The Vicar of Dibley”, a series of scenes adapted into a 2 act comedy to be performed on Thursday - Saturday 26th - 28th April at 7.30pm in the church hall. Tickets, £9, £5 for school-age, will be available from mid- March from Bobbins, by phoning 704048 or any Sunday in the hall after the service. churches in Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie............................ Kilbarchan Parish Church in March: Services continue at 11am each Sunday throughout March, conducted by Rev. Stephen Smith. On Sunday 25th after the service, the Stated Annual General Meeting will take place at 12noon in the church. Easter in Kilbarchan Parish Church: The Maundy Thursday service on 29th March is at 7pm, led by the choir singing excerpts from the lovely Faure’s Requiem, The Sacrament of Holy Communion will take place during the service. On Good Friday, 30th, the service is at 7pm. On Easter Sunday, 1st April, the early service outside the Weavers’ Cottage is at 8.30am, followed by refreshments in the church hall. The main service continues at 11am. We continue to support the Paisley Food Bank each Sunday. Sunday School and the Crèche meet in the hall from 10.45am each week. The Midweek Fellowship continues on Wednesday mornings with coffee at 10.30am and a short service of worship at 11am in the small hall. ALL WELCOME TO ANY OF OUR SERVICES. For further information about the church and all the many organisations, please visit Kilbarchan Kirk online: Howwood Parish Church: Minister Rev May Bell. Sunday Service and Sunday School. 10am each Sunday. Prayer meeting held at 3 Bowfield Way, Howwood, 7.30pm on Tuesdays. Lochwinnoch Parish Church: Mary Jane Bird. Sunday 11am: Morning Worship and Sunday School. All welcome. Calder United Free Church: (Church Street, Lochwinnoch) Sunday: 11am Morning worship with Sunday School and Crèche. 6.30pm Evening Fellowship group, 7.30pm ABC’s Teen group. Wed 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Spiritualist Church, Lochlip Rd. All services commence 7.30pm. Elderslie Kirk: Sunday service every week at 11am. Minister - Rev. Robin Allison. All welcome. Weekly meetings:- Monday Club every week from 12noon - 2.30pm. Light lunch and a varied activity programme. Midweek Fellowship will meet every Wed from 10.30am for Tea/Coffee followed by a short Service of Worship at 11am. kilbarchan, howwood, lochwinnoch & elderslie @GryffeAds

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