Drumsagard Village Residents Association
Minutes of the meeting held on
Tuesday 20th January at 7pm in the Archway Centre, Halfway
Present: Jim Walker, Nicola Campbell, Chris Welsh, John Parkhill, Stuart Mallan, Jackie Weldon
Stephen Jackson and Councillor Walter Brogan.
Resignations: William McPadden, Lesley Gerrard.
John Parkhill gave notice of his intention to resign in the near future but would remain on the committee meantime.
William McPadden had been secretary of the DVRA since the inaugural meeting in June 2001
and has worked tirelessly throughout that time on behalf of Drumsagard residents. William
will be sorely missed but we wish him well in the future.
Election of Office Bearers: Chair – Stuart Mallan
Vice-Chair – Nicola Campbell
Treasurer -- Jackie Weldon
Secretary – Jim Walker
Councillors Report: Councillor Brogan gave a report of the austerity measures currently being
discussed in council and how they would likely affect Drumsagard. School bus services being the
main issue and while it looks likely that Primary School busses will remain it’s possible that
Secondary School travel will be affected.
Walter intimated that discussions were underway to secure premises in the Halfway Precinct, for
use by local groups. It is hoped that a community transport hub can be set up to make use
of 3 vehicles available for community use, if we can get volunteers to run it.
Chair thanked Councillor Brogan for his report.
Mission Statement – Stephen suggested that we have a clear mission statement to make it clear
to residents what we do and why we exist. It was agreed that members consider this request and
come up with suggestions which can be highlighted on our website and Facebook account.
Actions: All members
Committee Organisation - Stuart suggested that we consider the most important issues affecting
our area and then create sub-committees for each. This would help us focus on important issues,
and spread the workload amongst the committee. Members agreed to submit suggestions prior to
our next meeting.
Action: All members
Neighbourhood Watch – Chair gave a report of housebreaking incidents that had taken place
over recent months. On this occasion police had dealt with the matter quickly and a man has been
taken into custody. The committee discussed the possibility of setting up a network of Neighbourhood
Watch Schemes throughout Drumsagard to combat criminal activity.
Actions: Stuart to map out areas
Jim to invite guests from Safer Rutherglen and/or members from an existing
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Also send out Safer Rutherglen link to members.
Discarded Road Signs – Chris stated that some signs had been discarded after the recent
pipe laying work by PMK Ltd. Action: Jim Walker
7pm on Tuesday 17th February 2015 in the Archway Centre
Chair –Stuart Mallan Secretary - Jim Walker,