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November News


The government is changing the way it encourages us all to improve the energy efficiency in our homes. At the moment Cavity Wall and Loft insulation are subsidised by government funding. In Renfrewshire these types of insulation are currently free to install, through Renfrewshire Council’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme. Early in 2013 The GREEN DEAL will be introduced and these subsidies will go and funds will be directed into this new offer. Details on how the Green Deal will work are still being finalised.

So if you have very little loft insulation or unfilled cavity walls now is the time to make the most of the free offer. If you would like to know more about how to get this done, before the funding comes to an end, please contact LEAP for a Free Home Energy Check and impartial advice.



Have you told us what you think about transport links in Lochwinnoch yet ?

Please go to the LEAP website and you can fill in the Lochwinnoch Transport Survey at or pick up a copy in the Library, the McKillop or the LEAP office. We are keen to hear your views and would like to thank everyone who has filled in the survey so far – a great response.

Local bus services have become a particular talking point for members of the community who rely on public transport of would like to use it more often. If you would like to get involved and find out more on influencing local bus services or want more information on the survey contact Scott on 842 530 or



As you may remember the LEAP Car Club was developed and launched in Lochwinnoch at the end of April this year, at the local Food Fair. We have 2 cars available from the centre of the village, in the car park of the McKillop Institute which members of the Club can hire for as little as half an hour, or as long as they wish.

6 months down the line, we have grown to 28 members, who use the Car Club for a variety of things, here are some of their stories to give a taste of the type of people who use the Car Club and why.

Kevin Cameron had two cars in his household until one of them gave up the ghost, and had to be scrapped. He joined the Car Club rather than replace this car and now uses a Car Club car when he needs to, while his wife uses the other car for work.

Self employed and working from home, Kevin uses the car to attend meetings and also has peace of mind from knowing a car is available if he needs one. He said about the Car Club, “Without the Car Club, I would have had to buy another second hand car, with the associated costs. With the Car Club I get a car that’s serviced, cleaned and MOT’d for me – all I pay for is to drive it when I need it.”

Gloria Ferrier recently got her drivers licence back after having it suspended for medical reasons. The first thing she did was arrange to join the LEAP Car Club. Gloria said, ‘The Car Club has been fantastic. I can use a car when I need it rather than having the expense of buying or leasing a car. It’s given me my independence back.”

Gloria has used the car for shopping trips and hospital appointments and would recommend it to anyone thinking about joining.

Martin Mansell is part of the steering group for LEAP and was one of the Car Club’s earliest members. Without a car, he and his wife borrowed friends’ cars when they needed to go anywhere and public transport wasn’t an option.

Martin now uses the LEAP cars, for example, for traveling to Sunday morning church service, where to get into Glasgow by public transport would mean a very long journey indeed. For Martin, the quick and easy booking process is part of the club’s appeal. “Quick and simple”, is how he described it, adding “Joining was also straightforward – show my drivers licence, sign a form and that was it.”

Other members have used cars for picking up relatives at the airport, meeting friends for lunch and using when relatives come to visit and one car isn’t enough. We also have a couple of members who have a home base in Lochwinnoch but are away most of the year. They use the Club when they are back in PA12 and need a car to get around.

LEAP Car Club is open to drivers 21 or over, with at least one year’s driving experience. As a community Car Club all profits are fed back into the Club.

If you want further information,  please contact the Car Club Coordinator Diane, call 01505 842 530 or email


Have you had your FREE Home Energy Check?

The Energy Saving Team
The Energy Saving Team

The Autumn equinox approaching signals the return of longer nights and lower temperatures. With the ever increasing costs of home heating and electricity is your home winter ready?

LEAP Home Energy Checks and advice have saved local households up to 13% on their utility bills through simple inexpensive actions. Our City and Guilds Qualified Energy Advisors, familiar face Alan Vince and new recruit Laurie Duncan (both pictured), can carry out your FREE Home Energy Check and provide you with Your Home Action Plan tailored to your home and circumstances. It will only take an hour and can improve the comfort of your home and save you money.

At the current time Renfrewshire householders are also being offered free home insulation under the Universal Home Insulation Scheme. Householders and private rented sector tenants in homes that are suitable can have cavity wall and loft insulation installed free of charge regardless of household income. The available funds are limited, are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis and are only accessed through the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre (ESSac). Please be wary of doorstep callers offering to fit this free insulation at a cost (see separate article in Chatterbox). LEAP is working closely with ESSac to assist local residents in accessing this free offer.

For your FREE Home Energy Check contact LEAP at 01505 842 530, or email: or drop into our office at 22 Church Street, Lochwinnoch.

Car Club £15 membership – Hurry, offer ends soon!
As the car club is now approaching the target number of 26/28 members to make it sustainable, we now have a very limited number of £15 memberships available.  The price of membership is set to increase soon, so if you are keen on getting involved, or simply want more information about how the car club could meet your needs, please get in touch with Diane Dunn the Car Club Coordinator as quickly as possible.
For your discounted membership or more information call Diane on 01505 842 530,  email: or drop into the LEAP office at 22 Church Street, Lochwinnoch.