EVERYBODY needs good neighbours — which is why Thornliebank Tenants and Residents Association has announced a move to extend into Giffnock.
The organisation – founded in the 1950s – will now be known as Thornliebank and Giffnock TRA, and represent residents of both areas on community issues.
Chair Lisa Robertson told The Extra: “It seemed to us that Giffnock was lacking a residents organisation that could offer advice and support to local people and work on local issues.
“Giffnock people approached us, and some had already served on our committee”.
The organisation has already worked on projects which benefit the wider East Renfrewshire community – the most recent being the creation of nursery allotments at Eastwood Park.
Over five years in the making, the project was a collaboration between the TRA, Giffnock and Thornliebank community councils and Woodfarm Residents Group.
All banded together to create a plot near Eastwood House – and the allotment site is now thriving, thanks to the efforts of the community groups involved.
Councillors from both Thornliebank and Giffnock joined members of the newly-named TAG TRA at Whole Foods market recently, each lending their support to the group’s expansion into pastures new.
Councillor Vincent Waters commented: “It makes sense to have a campaigning and representative group that covers the whole of our ward.
“TRAs represent all residents – not just tenants – and are a well-established means of empowering a community”.
Councillor Jim Fletcher, leader of East Renfrewshire council, praised the hard work of the group, and commented: “As a Thornliebank councillor since the 1980s, I know the good work done by the Association, and look forward to it spreading to Giffnock”.
Opposition leader, councillor Gordon Wallace, added: “I’ve enjoyed working with the Association’s committee. The members care about their community and do a lot of hard work”.
As well as representing residents from both areas, Lisa and the TRA team hope to encourage new members to join.
Membership is open to any resident, and more information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or 07956401806 – you can also follow the Association on Twitter @thornliebanktra.