The Future of Eastwood Leisure Centre

A public consultation on the future of leisure provision in Eastwood has been launched.

East Renfrewshire Council is seeking the views of the public to consider the best way forward for providing leisure facilities which meet residents’ needs in the future.

The current Eastwood Park Leisure complex was built more than 40 years ago and both the building and swimming pool are now reaching the end of their natural lifespan. Carmichael Hall and Eastwood Theatre also require major renovation and refurbishment if they are to remain fit for purpose.

So the Council has now put forward four options to allow residents to consider and influence how facilities in Eastwood are developed in the coming years.

The options include continuing to run the centre on a maintenance basis only, refurbishment, redeveloping the existing site with an extension or scoping out the potential for creating a new state-of-the-art leisure and recreational facility on a different site within Eastwood”.

East Renfrewshire Council has published the consultation on the future of Eastwood Leisure facilities in Giffnock,


There is an article explaining it here.


Scottish Fire and Rescue Asset Register

Dear sir/madam,

Back in October 2017 the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launched the Community Asset Register (CAR).

Essentially this is a register of volunteers who have a particular asset or skill which they feel could be used to support emergency services and responders at an incident.

Examples include someone with a boat who could be called in times of flooding to assist evacuate people from houses to a place of safety.  Similarly someone with a 4X4 may be used in times of severe snow to transport vulnerable people to a community hall.

Further information about the CAR can be found on the link below:

Unfortunately, it is impossible to gauge how often a volunteer will be requested.

Mobilisations can be determined by severe weather, a specific type of asset/skill required for the incident, the emergency services availability and resources in the area and the location of the volunteer.

It must be stressed that even when someone has registered, they are under no obligation to mobilise when they are called by the Operations Control centre.

For anyone to register an interest and request a form they would be required to email: and a registration form will be sent to be completed along with guidelines on how to complete the registration process.

Thank you.

Planning (Scotland) Bill

The Local Government and Communities Committee has today, Friday 15 December, launched a call for written views from all interested organisations and individuals as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Planning (Scotland) Bill.


The call for views can be accessed at the following link:


If you or your organisation wish to respond to the Committee then please send your submissions to no later than Friday 2 February 2018. Please note that written submissions to the Committee are published on the Committee’s website in line with the Parliament’s policy on treatment of written evidence by Committees. We’d be grateful if you could confirm that you are content for your submission to be published in line with the policy.

SRA – RBS Bank Closures

RBS branch closures

We need your views!

The announced closure of 62 RBS branches across Scotland in the last week has kicked off debate from village shops to Holyrood and was also raised at Prime Ministers Questions in Westminster.

The Holyrood debate saw cross-party support for calls for a re-think and larger impact assessments.  There were  even calls for an introduction of legislation to stop the closure of the ‘last bank in town’ without consultation by the independent Financial Conduct Authority.

Scottish Rural Action is undertaking this research to find out what the impacts will be on our rural communities and their high streets.  Some suggest it may be a good thing as it will free up shop units for other types of businesses, whilst others argue it will drive away business.  We expect the survey to show complex results with a range of impacts.

Scottish Rural Action will take full range of views collected to an evidence session at Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster on 17 January 2018, so it is important we are able to fully represent rural Scotland.

We know anecdotally impacts of these planned branch closures will hit rural communities the hardest, and it will be the elderly and those who rely on public transport that will be disproportionately affected.  Island communities and villages in the Highlands and Borders may have to do round trips of several hours to do their cash banking.  We know that many rural communities do not have reliable high speed broadband or mobile signal to use the digital solutions on offer for a limited number of services.

Take the survey

Once you have taken the survey, please share it with people in your community.

Glasgow Airport Consultation – Airspace Change Proposal & Noise Action

We received the following regarding a consultation on Airspace Change and Noise Action:



Glasgow Airport Launches Airspace Change Proposal & Noise Action Plan Consultations

In December, we wrote to you to let you know about our Airspace Change Proposal and Noise Action Plan consultations.  I am pleased to confirm that these are now both live and your views are critical to ensuring that we take decisions that reflect the views of communities and stakeholders.

The Airspace Change Proposal forms part of an industry-wide drive, the Future Airspace Strategy, mandated by our regulator – the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – to create airspace infrastructure fit for the 21st century. A key element of the strategy involves the removal of selected ground- based navigation aids across the UK and a move to procedures predicated on state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems by the end of the decade. Our air traffic control provider, NATS, has informed us that the ground-based navigation aid used at Glasgow Airport will be withdrawn in 2019 meaning we are required to modernise our approach and departure procedures.

We are keen to stress that we will only make changes to the approach or departure flight paths once we have considered the views of all those who respond. We will then present those views to the CAA before the necessary approval can be granted to implement these new procedures which will minimise the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce fuel and CO2 emissions by 21%.

We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that. It is important that our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we would encourage people to participate.

We are also required to publish an updated noise action plan every five years and will be undertaking a parallel 13-week consultation on a draft plan. The noise action plan sets out proposed measures to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

We would therefore be grateful if you could take some time to share your views as part of these consultations which launched on Monday 15th January 2018 and run to Friday 13th April 2018.

Full details can be accessed at our dedicated websites. For the Airspace Consultation please and for our Noise Action Plan Consultation

In addition, you can contact us at or for further information.

Mark Johnston
Operations Director
Glasgow Airport

Bus Service Survey Results

We have collected the results of the survey (you can view them below). These have been discussed at our meeting and have been sent to ERC to be forwarded to SPT. Our initial aim is to reinstate the 396 service in the mornings to Neilson so that commuters have the ability to catch earlier trains to Glasgow. We will also request that the bus timetable be realigned to synchronise with the trains.

Buses to Glasgow (the X44 operated by Stage Coach) can be boarded from the stops at Caldwell Golf Club.