Bishopton Environmental Group

Bishopton Environmental Group

Bishopton Environmental Group (BEG) is a sub committee of the Council. Its origins go back to June 2002 when the Council agreed to set up a committee that would focus on environmental activities such as the campaign to clear the village of litter (Clean up Bishopton).

BEG first met in August 2002 and subsequently agreed that its aims and objectives would cover support for "the preservation, conservation, restoration and development of the environment of Bishopton for the benefit of the public". The Group considers how various aspects of village life might be improved.

Since that early start, the Environment Group has involved itself with

  • Conducting surveys of the village to determine what were the key concerns of residents;
  • Setting up a sub-committee to work with Bishopton sports clubs and other interested parties to facilitate the transfer of the ROF Field to village ownership;
  • Planning to set up a "Company Limited by Guarantee" to take on projects in the future;
  • Running the annual "Clean Up Bishopton" campaign;
  • Encouraging and supporting the Bishopton Tree Project; and
  • Purchasing planters for the village entrances to East and West.
  • Planter During 2004 and 2005, the main focus of BEG was to provide support for the ROF Field Development Committee, a joint committee with Bishopton Sports and Social Club, chaired by Adam Goodall. A separate steering group for the Village Design Statement, chaired by Ian Earnshaw, completed the VDS in March 2005.

During 2005, BEG was principally involved with identifying the implications for the village of the proposed ROF development.

In 2006, BEG will continue to keep a watching brief on the potential for the ROF Field, but has also found a new focus in the impact of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act and the opportunity afforded by the Act to significantly improve the paths in and around the village for recreational purposes. This has involved running a series of consultation activities on paths and providing feedback to Renfrewshire Council on the results of the consultation. Thereafter, it is intended to undertake a Feasibility Study into implementing the results of the consultation, followed by projects to deliver the planned paths.