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Successful East Ren Decides projects confirmed

East Ren Decides results

Eight resurfacing projects which came out on top in the Council's East Ren Decides voting process have been confirmed.

The initiative gave residents the opportunity to choose which residential roads and pavements should be upgraded with the additional £600,000 investment available.

A total of 1,290 votes were cast during the 11 week process and now the top two schemes in each of the four local areas will be taken forward.

The successful schemes were:

Levern Valley (Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor)
Kirktonfield Road, Neilston
Commercial Road, Barrhead (pavement - part only)

Giffnock and Thornliebank
Berryhill Drive, Giffnock
Belmont Drive, Giffnock (road and pavement)

Newton Mearns
Corrour Road, Newton Mearns
Hazelwood Avenue, Newton Mearns    (part only)

Netherlee, Stamperland, Clarkston, Busby, Eaglesham and Waterfoot
Bonnyton Drive Cul-de-sac, Eaglesham (road and pavement)
Craighlaw Avenue, Waterfoot (pavement)

Each of the localities that the projects were divided into include a wide cross-section of community groups.

It is positive that we are able to progress with the top two ranked schemes in each area which reflects the balance of views of our engagement with residents through this process. We are committed to giving communities a stronger voice on the issues which matter most to them - and by the response to this initiative it is clear that many residents welcomed this opportunity. This is one of the highest response rates the council has ever had to any consultation so I'm pleased that residents have taken the chance to have their say. Councillor Colm Merrick, Convener for Community Services and Community Safety

This method of community decision making is known as Participatory Budgeting (PB) and is a key part of the council's commitment to the Community Empowerment Act. 

This East Ren Decides initiative was held as a pilot project to help shape and inform any future PB schemes which may be considered by the council. We have learnt some valuable lessons from this process and this evaluation will be important as we continue to look at opportunities for involving our communities in the decision-making process. I am pleased that we took the opportunity to give local people the chance to decide how the increased roads budget for this year should be spent and look forward to seeing work on the projects starting. Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener of Environment

Work on the successful projects will get under way early next year after the proposals were agreed by Councillors on the Cabinet on Thursday (7 December). 

Full details of the votes cast can be viewed in the pdf icon Cabinet paper [272kb].

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