October 9th 2014 AGM Minutes
Johnstone Community Council
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Johnstone Community
Council held on Thursday 9th
October 2014 at 7.00pm in Cochrane Castle
Members: Brian Cairns, Evelyn Cairns, Stewart Clark, Elizabeth Cosgrove,
Wilma Dean, Ron Ewing, Carol Ewing, Elizabeth Forrest, David Higginson,
Pamela Higginson, Malcolm Hill, George Kennedy, Dennis Lavery, Christina
Leon, Daniel McKay and Valerie Reilly.
Also in attendance:-
Councillors (Ward 7) – Iain MacMillan.
(Ward 8) – Andy Doig.
2 members of the public were also present.
Linda Flint, and Councillors, John Hood, Stephen McGee, John Caldwell,
Derek Bibby and Christopher Gilmour.
The minutes of the previous AGM were read and agreed.
Proposed by George Kennedy
Seconded by David Higginson
3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman, Dennis Lavery, reported on the activities of Johnstone
Community Council since the AGM of 2013, including the full membership of
JCC members, Brian and Evelyn Cairns, Danny McKay, Linda Flint and Liz
Forrest plus the addition of two new members Christine Leon and Callum
McMillan as the result of a recruitment drive, bringing the complement to 20
members. Ron Ewing’s role as Assistant Secretary over the summer was
Various presentations at JCC meetings were remembered. These included
Neil Watson’s presentation on the new Johnstone Town Hall in December and
Karen Anderson’s presentation on waste services in April.
DL paid particular thanks to the work of the various sub-groups of JCC.
The Roads Sub-group of LF and DMcK’s active role in highlighting the needs
for road maintenance and drain clearing was applauded.
The Safety Group of RE and BC had been formed to look at issues such as
speeding, parking and traffic congestion. A plan for relieving congestion has
been put together and has received positive comment from the town’s newly-
formed Business Development Group. Meetings will take place with the police
and the Roads Department to take this forward.
The Play Park and Youth Group has overseen repair work at the play park.
However, approaches to the Lottery and Glasgow Airport Challenge Fund
have been refused. Cllr McM has been active in trying to set up a ‘Friends of
Thomas Shanks Park’ group to seek further funding.
Wilma Dean had overseen the Weans’ World Club becoming fully
independent of JCC – it now being run by a parents’ committee as the
‘Brewery Street Kids Club’ and should be able to apply for new funding. £5000
has already been received by the Local Area Committee.
The Town Hall Focus Group consisting of Dennis Lavery, Elizabeth Forrest
and Valerie Reilly has continued to attend information meetings and relay
results back to JCC.
JCC has been represented at various other organisations’ meetings:
Elizabeth Forrest at Renfrewshire Community Council Forum
George Kennedy at the Local Area Committee.
The oversight of Planning applications has been undertaken by GK, who was
also thanked for his work beginning with his drive to re-form JCC in 2008.
DL concluded by saying that the past year had been a particularly notable one
with the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games passing through
the town in July and JCC being represented at the religious service held at St
Mirin’s Cathedral to reflect the Centenary of the beginning of the First World
DL thanked the members of JCC for their support as he was now standing
down as Chairman.
4. Treasurer’s Report
DH reported that the JCC funds stood at £2638.93, although two cheques
were still to be paid from that amount. The audited accounts were presented
at the meeting and were agreed.
5. Secretary’s Report
GK thanked DL for his kind words but said that WD had also been very
involved at the very beginning.
GK went on to report that the year had been very successful from the
Secretary’s point of view. The main administrative functions had been carried
out successfully. The JCC equipment remains functional but is beginning to
age and the computer will need attention soon.
GK went on to announce that he had decided to step down as Secretary after
serving for six years. He thanked everyone for their support during the period
– particularly Stewart Clark for administrating the JCC website and VR for
acting as Minutes secretary. He also acknowledged the importance of the
good relationship with the local councillors.
He concluded by saying that he was remaining as an ordinary member of JCC
and would be happy to advise the new office bearers if required.
6. Election of Office Bearers
DL stood down from the Chair which was temporarily taken by Cllr D.
Position Name Proposer Seconder
Chair Brian Cairns Ron Ewing David Higginson
Secretary Ron Ewing George Kennedy Brian Cairns
Treasurer David Higginson Valerie Reilly Dennis Lavery
The new Chairman took his place.
Cllr McM took the opportunity to thank DL and GK for their hard work over the
last few years. Their achievements have been tremendous – even just the
setting up of Weans’ World would have been amazing – but they have done
so much more. He went on to say that it was important to have good links
between the Council and the community so thanks were due to JCC as a
whole for their work.
Cllr D seconded the sentiments, saying that his experience only stretched
over the last two years but the achievements from that time had been
remarkable. The work on Houston Square in particular had left it looking the
finest in the area. On a personal level he had had great advice from GK and
DL and this had been important at a time when fewer community groups were
There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.25pm.
The next AGM will be held in October 2015.