Minutes from a Steering Group meeting held at Bluestone Cafe 15th June.
Venue: Bluestone Cafe
Date: Monday 15th June 2015
Laura Molloy, Paul Santi (Chair), Sara Park Patterson( Vice Chair) Jeanette Park Patterson, Doreen Rennick, Brian MacMillan, Diane Allan
Guest - Malcolm Wright, events manager at East Renfrewshire Council.
Minutes from meeting
The steering group have collectively had 53 surveys returned and spoken to a total of 104 businesses. This is a massive achievement that has taken a lot of time and effort. The info gathered will now be used to created and contact the business owners with a detailed survey from an independent research company. This will have a free pay return envelope and people can also drop their returns into either Bluestone Design on Cross Arthurlie Atreet, or at Barrhead Travel on Main Street. These will be posted out next week so members are requested to encourage everyone to fill it in and return it by the 20th July. Shoppers will also be surveyed for their views next week from Monday to Saturday. The results of these surveys will be presented at the August meeting and will be the basis for the business plan.
The most popular choice was the 'all about Barrhead' logo - colour choices have yet to be agreed. Front runner so far is red. Website and social media will be ready for next meeting.
Malcolm Wright offered some ideas for what could be involved in a Christmas event. Sara Park Patterson is looking at what else is on at the same time so there is not a clash with anything big elsewhere.
Giffnock Christmas event = 14th Nov Clarkston Christmas event = 21st Nov
These are unlikely to affect the visitors to the Barrhead event but if the steering group requires support from the local authority staff to promote and run the event then it would be better to stagger them.
Barrhead News will be asking the public for ideas on what they want at a Christmas event in a future edition of the paper. So far the suggestions were a grotto, stalls, and a parade to cover all three areas (Westbourne Centre, Main St and Cross Arthurlie St). The steering group will further discuss this project at the next meeting and start looking at prices.
MSP Hugh Henry visit to Barrhead
Laura Molloy is still trying to arrange a date. He can't do any of the ones suggested so we are working with Paul Santi who will host the MSP, to get something arranged for late July early August.
Draft plan is 9.30am - photo call with all of the steering group, then Paul Santi will host him visiting town centre businesses where he will spend 15/ 20 mins talking with customers/ staff about life in Barrhead until about 12ish. The Barrhead News will cover it and An organisation called Scotland's Towns Partnership is organising it. More info on it all here.
There was much discussion around what is a fair levy and how to ensure all the business in the BID area would get equal benefit from it. Peter Sajjad from East Renfrewshire Council had provided some analysis on the Rateable Values and the group looked at both tiered bands and the different percentages and examples from other BIDs. There is provision to put in place exceptions and some discussion took place regarding charities, places of worship, ATMs, and advertising stations. There was further discussion on limitations to the levy. The database has reduced in number to 166 as the businesses in Glen Street has been removed as it was felt they would not get benefit from a town centre BID.
Laura Molloy met with Barrhead News and Southside & East Renfrewshire News, both of whom will run stories soon. Barrhead News are particularly helpful and will spotlight Alma's and The Knitting Bee in the coming publications.
Laura Molloy has suggested she speak to Barrhead Community Council and Kirsten Oswald MP to let them know what is happening and as a courtesy. The Community Council is likely to have good input into the business plan for community projects.