Community council unable to hold AGM

members of the public after being locked out of ERC HQ
members of the public after being locked out of ERC HQ

Following a reorganisation of the way in which community councils operate in East Ren, word has reached The Extra of another which is failing.

Crookfur, Greenfarm and Mearns Village Community Council met on Thursday evening last week when they hoped to hold their AGM.

Unfortunately only two of the nine councillors who sit on the committee turned up, meaning the group was not quorate and was unable to hold the meeting.

Meanwhile Newton Mearns CC, which is no longer recognised by the council continues to operate.

David Jesner, chairman of that CC said: “One year after illegally trying to shut down all ten East Ren CCs, and despite many warnings that the new scheme was unworkable, ERC are again accused of anti-democratic behaviour as their scheme unravels. They tried to replace 10 functioning bodies with 11 ‘new’ CCs but after two rounds of elections, only established 7, leaving huge numbers of residents without community council representation.”

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We are very active in supporting the new Community Councils to thrive.

“The new Crookfur, Greenfarm and Mearns Village Community Council is just getting started but they have enough members to operate.

“We are supporting them to arrange their AGM as soon as possible and will continue to work closely with this group of volunteers to make their Community Council a success.

“When the new community council scheme of establishment was developed last year the former groups were dissolved. Therefore the former Newton Mearns Community Council is no longer recognised.”