Ferguslie Park residents asked to have their say

Residents in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park area are being asked to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event hosted by police and council staff.

The Ferguslie Park Community Safety Event will take place in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park on Thursday 20 June, from 6 until 9pm.

policeOn the night, senior police officers and council officials will give a presentation on the results of a series of fact-finding interviews conducted with residents in the area earlier this year.

The signal interviews sought to discover what residents think about the area, and what they want to see from police and council services.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion over what police and council community safety staff can do to deal with those points.

There will also be around 15 stalls there on the night, allowing residents to access advice and help from staff from a variety of council and other services.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “Ferguslie Park may have had a few issues to deal with over the years, but one thing that stands out is the community spirit of the people who live there.

“We want people from the area to come along on the night and play their part in that community.

“Visitors will get the chance to hear about the work which is being done locally and to give us their opinions on what they want to see being done.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Police Office said: “We work closely with the various council staff which are involved in community safety work, such as the wardens service and the anti-social behaviour team.

“Between us, there are lots of things we are doing and can do to help make the streets safer.

“But we are limited in what we can do unless we have the support of the people who are out there in the community.

“Our message to them is that this is your area – come along on the night and let us know what you want from it.”

Organisations who will be represented on the night include the NHS, Victim Support and Engage Renfrewshire, with staff from the council’s trading standards, and welfare reform advice services also among those set to be there.