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Residents to vote on road improvement projects

This article was first published on: 23 June 2017

Community to decide on £600,000 of works

EastRenDecides

Residents across East Renfrewshire are to decide on which roads and pavements get upgraded as part of a £600,000 project.

East Ren Decides - as the process will be known - will give locals the chance to vote on 33 road and pavement schemes across the area.

Voting will open on Monday 26 June via the council's online consultation tool Citizen Space, where residents and business owners will be able to rank their top schemes in one of four locality areas.

Each of the roads schemes being proposed cost between £35,000 and £100,000 and each locality area is guaranteed at least £100,000 of the available budget. 

The remaining £200,000 of allocated budget will be spread across the four localities in the best way possible, according to the share of the vote, the cost and proximity to other schemes.

We are committed to giving our communities a stronger voice and ensuring we focus on the issues which matter most to them. Upgrading residential roads and pavements is consistently identified as a top priority for local residents through the Citizens' Panel survey and now you will have the chance to decide. The power is with our residents so I'm looking forward to seeing which projects are selected as communities use this process to make a direct impact in improving their local area. Councillor Colm Merrick, Convener for Community Services and Community Safety

The increased roads budget approved for this year is now being used to give local people the opportunity to decide on this important issue. Whilst we all recognise that resources often make it difficult to make the necessary improvements to residential streets, this scheme will allow much-needed work to be carried out. It's now up to you, so make sure you vote for the project which matters most to you. Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener of Environment

The localities that the projects are divided into are Levern Valley (Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor); Newton Mearns; Thornliebank and Giffnock; and Netherlee, Stamperland, Clarkston, Busby, Eaglesham and Waterfoot.

Each area has a roughly equal population and includes a wide cross-section of community groups based on the demographics of the local area.

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. The learning from this pilot project will help shape and inform any future PB schemes which may be considered by the council.

Winning projects will be announced in late September, with the work set to take place between January and March 2018.

A full list of the roads and pavement projects which are included in the voting process can be viewed in thepdf icon cabinet paper [162kb].


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