A local councillor has put a call out to recruit the last community representative for Renfrewshire Council’s Local Partnership, which covers Houston, Bridge of Weir, Brookfield, Kilbarchan, Howwood, Lochwinnoch & Elderslie.

The Local Partnership which met formally for the first time several weeks back, has representatives from each Community Council area and a further six Community Representatives from various organisations and groups within the local partnership area. At the meeting, the local partnership agreed their key priorities for the year ahead, which included; connectivity, access to services, village identity and environmental improvements. These issues will be their key focus for the year ahead and the grant applications.

Local SNP Councillor for Bridge of Weir and Chair of the Local Partnership, Natalie Don has welcomed the fact that the partnership has representation from each associated village but has emphasised her focus for the last remaining community rep place.

She stated, “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this local partnership and the high involvement from volunteers across each of our villages. This is a really great opportunity for the villages to work together for the greater good of our local area.”

“However, it is very important to me that the local partnership is representative and to date we have not had any interest from a young person. I want the priorities and focus for our partnership to encapsulate the needs and wants of all of our communities and that is impossible without a young person or youth organisation sitting on the partnership.”

“We moved away from the old format of Local Area Committees to give more power to the people and it is only right that young people are involved in this. My aim is to have at least one young person sit on the partnership, so please, if you or someone you know may be interested, I would encourage you to come forward, and consider putting an application into the partnership. More information and the application form can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website and I am on hand to answer any questions you may have.”