Well done to Council Leader Jim Fletcher, and his 7 council leader colleagues from the West of Scotland. The bold and ground-breaking City Deal which they have delivered is brilliant news for East Renfrewshire. Through their hard work they have persuaded the UK and Scottish Governments to each contribute £500 million. This £1 billion boost for the West of Scotland will make a real difference to the local area. Already a £44 million programme has been approved which will see a new station in Barrhead, a sliproad from the M77 and clear up work at the former Levern Works site. There are also exciting plans for the Darnley Country Park. The new centre which will open in 2017, will offer wakeboarding, something completely beyond me, but which I’m told is the fastest growing sport in Scotland. I know money is still hard to come by, but thanks to our forward thinking councillors, we will see a real difference in the local community.