AS a Barrhead councillor and Housing Convenor for East Renfrewshire I like to keep on top of any issues affecting the town. That is why I was delighted when the Barrhead News asked me to launch their online blog because I think this is a great platform to voice issues which concern people in our town.

Last Saturday I was honoured to attend a service to add the names of three local soldiers killed in the Ireland conflict.
The moving service was held in Cowan Park and Privates John C Hunter and William McKelvie Forsyth, both of the Scots Guards, who died in the Guildford pub bombings on August 5 1974, and Private Douglas McKelvie, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, killed on active duty in Northern Ireland on August 20 1979, were added to the war memorial.
It is a tribute to the men and their families that their names were added to the memorial and I know that it means a lot to them. As a councillor I was privileged to attend the service and meet the families of the men.

A survey carried out by East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch showed that people in Barrhead are fed up with crime and anti-social behaviour.
It showed that decent people are sick-fed up with neds causing trouble in our town. With more than 100 people from our town taking part in the survey more steps need to be taken to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
Over the next few weeks there will be a greater police presence on our streets as community policing is stepping up a gear.
Hopefully their presence in trouble spots will help to reduce crime in our town.

Until next week
Danny Devlin