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Public exhibitions to shape major infrastructure projects

Engagement events in May will give members of the public a further opportunity to shape two Glasgow City Region City Deal projects spanning Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.

2016 public exhibition event

Four full-day exhibitions in Renfrew, Paisley, Clydebank and Yoker will give people an opportunity to discuss the plans for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside and Glasgow Airport Investment Area projects.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project includes a new opening bridge across the River Clyde linking Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank; construction of the Renfrew North Development Road and new cycle routes.

Proposals as part of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area focus on realignment of Abbotsinch Road, construction of a new bridge over the White Cart and new cycle routes between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks.

Each project has been shaped following extensive consultation with stakeholders throughout 2016 and 2017.

The exhibitions start at Renfrew Town Hall on Monday 8 May then Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May. The project team then cross the river to Clydebank Town Hall on Wednesday 10 May finishing at Yoker Community Campus on Thursday 11 May.

All four exhibitions run from 11am to 7pm and include a video representation of the findings from the comprehensive traffic modelling study as well as an animated fly-through model of the potential developments.

A Renfrewshire City Deal spokesman said: “Events throughout 2016 helped shape the projects so far and I would encourage anyone to come along to these final consultation exhibitions taking place in their area. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the projects, speak to the project team and provide input before the plans are finalised.”

Feedback from the exhibitions will be used to inform a full planning application in June, submitted to Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and Glasgow City Council for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project. Works related to the Glasgow Airport Investment Area are entirely within Renfrewshire and will be considered by this authority alone.

Full details of each project are available at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal

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Register now for Business Matters in Renfrewshire 2017

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St Vincent’s Hospice are looking for volunteers & staff

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St Vincent’s Hospice are recruiting for a permanent Staff Nurse to work 34.5 hours per week, working 12 hour rotational shifts.  Please see website for more details and for an application form – www.svh.co.uk

They are also recruiting for an experienced and enthusiastic Fundraiser to come and work for us on an initial 18 month fixed term contract which could become permanent for the right candidate. Please see website for more details and for an application form – www.svh.co.uk.


Do you have a few hours to spare every week?

St Vincent’s Hospice are looking for volunteers to help out at the Hospice, in The Barn Tearoom at the Hospice, in our charity shops across Renfrewshire and at events.

Not only will you be helping a great cause you will also be eligible for discounted gym memberships and many discounts in shops, retailers, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, beauty salons, spas and many other places across Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Glasgow as well as many online discounts too.

Volunteers are also eligible for discounts at Dominos Pizza Johnstone, Dominos Pizza Paisley, Dominos Pizza Irvine, Frankie & Bennys, Nando’s Braehead, Chiquitos Braehead, Handmade Burger Co, Braehead and Linwood Farm when they show their St Vincent’s Hospice name badge.

If you would like more information, please call Christine or Elaine on 01505 705635 or email volunteering@svh.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you.



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Leading UK logistics firm spreading Paisley 2021 message

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is now being seen across the UK – thanks to one of the country’s top logistics and construction companies.

The Linwood-based Malcolm Group wrapped the back door of a trailer in Paisley 2021 branding – and are joining more than 150 Renfrewshire businesses backing the town’s bid.

The company – which will celebrate its centenary in 2021 – started life with a horse and cart delivering coal around Brookfield in Renfrewshire, and has since grown into a company with more than 2,000 employees.

The two Paisley 2021 trailers are part of the Malcolm Group’s fleet of more than 500 vehicles – and will soon be spreading the town’s name far and wide.

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to transform the town’s fortunes using its unique cultural and heritage story.

The competition is run by the UK Government, and Paisley’s bid is due to be lodged with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport at the end of April.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron met Malcolm Group chief executive Andrew Malcolm at the company’s Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre, which contains trucks from throughout their long history.

Andrew Malcolm said: “I was born and bred in Renfrewshire and the family business has been based here since 1921 – my father grew it from a base in Murray Street in Paisley, and a lot of our workers come from Paisley, Elderslie and Johnstone

“The Paisley 2021 bid will be great for Paisley and Renfrewshire – I hope it will help regenerate the area, encourage more people to visit, and help with job creation and stability.”

Jean added: “The Malcolm Group is a great homegrown success story with a long history in the area – to have companies of this calibre spreading the Paisley 2021 message is a real thumbs-up for the work done here over the past year.

“In doing so they are joining more than 150 Renfrewshire businesses to back Paisley’s bid – a list including other big names such as Glasgow Airport, Diageo, intu Braehead and the University of the West of Scotland.

“Paisley’s bid is part of a wider push to boost the local area by creating jobs, bringing in new visitors, and helping build a new town centre economy based around creative industry and Paisley’s unique heritage offering – and we are delighted local businesses recognise the value of that and are getting on board in such numbers.”

For more information, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Are you living in a cold and damp home with high fuel bills? We can help!

Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP)’s ‘Making It Happen’ programme has been helping Renfrewshire residents stay warmer and cut their fuel bills.

We have already helped 52 households across Renfrewshire since December and carried out free actions such as helping understand and query and reduce electricity and gas bills, changing out old inefficient light bulbs to free low energy ones which use much less electricity for the same or better light given off, installing free insulation in lofts, loft hatches, underfloor, draughtproofing cupboards, windows and doors, putting radiator panels behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room, tackling damp and mould.

We recently helped Mary in Paisley, who was finding her living room much colder than the rest of her house with the radiator being on the close wall and also feeling the draught coming through her living room windows. Paul from LEAP visited Mary and assessed what would be the best help for her. We installed reflective radiator panels to help keep the heat in, a letterbox draught-excluder, re-instated a slipped seal on her living room window to keep draughts out, and replaced old high electricity use lightbulbs with 15 LED bulbs to give good light and keep her electricity bills down. We helped advise Mary’s Housing Association who in turn have fitted an extra radiator and are checking and fixing the window seals throughout Mary’s home.

Mary said: I have noticed a big difference in being much warmer at home. I would definitely recommend LEAP to friends and family. Excellent service provided throughout and the staff are really friendly and helpful”

Our experienced LEAP team can help you with free advice and actions to help keep you more comfortable at home and save money in the long term.

So if you’re struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, living in a cold, damp home, or just would welcome some advice on how to keep your home cosier for less money, please contact us today at: energy@myleapproject.org, Telephone: 01505 612 034 or visit our website to learn more http://www.myleapproject.org/contact-leap-staff-team/.

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Special Offers at WM.Phelps Butchers

WM. Phelps Butchers are a family run business selling quality dry aged scotch beef pork and lamb to the people in and around paisley since 1965 #positivepaisley#shoplocal.

Why not pop along to 41 Causeyside Street, Paisley and bag yourself one of their fantastic special offers; their very own traditional black pudding only £1.60lb, special recipe pork links only £1.80lb or beef olives at only £0.50 each.

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New range at John McKay Jewellers

John McKay Jewellers of Paisley are pleased to introduce a new range of Scottish pewter called Piper Pewter.

This can be engraved covering all of Scotland’s tradition gift wear.

All subscribers of Paisley.org.uk will receive a 20% Discount.

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April deals at Core 2 Computing

Core 2 Computing now have a  range of high spec Dell refurbished desktop PC’s currently in stock for April.

These include quad-core Intel i5 processors and large 22” monitors. These would be ideal for either business or home use and all come with everything you need to get you up and running including Windows, anti-virus, and word processing software.

Also, all our desktop refurbished PCs come with our 12-month hardware warranty for peace of mind and trouble-free computing.  Give us a call on 0141 889 6363 as this stock is limited and did not last long last time we had these on offer.

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Further public engagement and consultation events will be held regarding major infrastructure projects

Proposal of planning notices for works including new bridges across the Clyde and White Cart were submitted on Friday 17 March, starting the statutory planning procedures.

City Deal community and business engagement events in 2016

It begins a period of consultation, during which events will be held to get stakeholders’ views before the plans are finalised.  A full planning application will then be submitted later this year.

These events will include four days of public exhibitions at which people will be able to discuss the plans with members of the project team.

The exhibitions will begin in Renfrewshire, taking place in Renfrew Town Hall on Monday 8 May and in Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May.

The project team will then cross the river to take part in exhibitions in Clydebank Town Hall on Wednesday 10 May and finally Yoker Community Campus on Thursday 11 May. All four exhibitions will run from 11am to 7pm.

Details will be announced on the Renfrewshire Council website at  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal – where people can also sign up to a mailing list to be directly notified of the announcement.

Views gathered from the events will be used to inform a full planning application to be made in June.

The works are part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ and ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ projects.

The proposal of planning notice related to the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ project was submitted to Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Council and West Dunbartonshire Council as the works involve areas within each of the three authorities.

Works related to the ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ project will be entirely within Renfrewshire so the proposal of planning notice was submitted only to that authority.