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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.

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Mum’s the word for TV host Jennifer

TELEVISION presenter Jennifer Reoch has paid a special tribute to her mum in the run-up to Mother’s Day.

Jennifer Reoch and her mum, Karen, at intu Braehead getting ready for their Ladies Day Out.
Picture – Nick Ponty

“When I properly grow up I want to be just like my mum,” says the 27-year-old. “But even if I’m half as good and as much fun as her, I’ll be delighted!”

And yesterday Jennifer gave her mum, Karen a sneak preview of the Mother’s Day event she’s hosting at intu Braehead.

Along with fashion guru, Julie Hannah and the mall’s personal shopper, Victoria Martin, Jennifer will present Ladies Day Out, on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, between noon and 5pm.

Jennifer Reoch, her mum, Karen and make-up artist, Zarina Hussein, at intu Braehead getting ready for their Ladies Day Out.   Picture – Nick Ponty

Julie and Victoria will be sharing their expertise on creating the perfect capsule wardrobe, showing off the latest spring and summer outfits along with make-up demonstrations from top brands, including Benefit and over six sessions each day.

The free event takes place in the lower mall outside Boots store and early birds who reserve their seat online have the chance to win a Ladies Day Out Goodie Bag at the noon, 2.30pm and 4pm shows.

Jennifer describes how her mum has influenced her life: “My mum is pretty much my go-to person when I don’t know what to do. She’s one of my best friends and we get on really well.

“She always gives great advice, very understanding, but also straight-talking and encouraging.
“After I received my law degree I decided I wanted to go into media instead of becoming a lawyer and my mum understood that I was following my passion.
“It was quite a scary option because at the time, I didn’t know how it would all work out for me.
“But my mum supported and encouraged me all the way and she was right because it has worked out well for me so far.”

Jennifer added: “We should be nice to our mums every day of the year, but it’s nice to have a special day for mums. After all, they’ve spent every day looking after sons and daughters.”

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’re not just celebrating Mother’s Day on one-day but all weekend.

“Our Ladies Day out is a great way of giving your mum a special treat by bringing her along to find out the latest in fashion and make-up trends.”

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead <http://www.intu.co.uj/braehead>  to book your place at the Ladies Day Out.

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Events in the Hoose

Treat your sweet mum to a meal in oor Hoose on the High Street on Sunday and not only do you get the Buy One Main Meal and get One Free Deal but a free box of Milk Tray for yer wee mammy!
Places going fast call 0141 561 7105 to book your table. Hamishes Hoose we canny be beaten!!
Remember you can sit in with our Hoose Band every Tuesday night, you can play, sing, listen, watch or dance to the music. Anything goes, get in and enjoy a pint for £2.75 all evening along with the entertainment.
We are bringing the latest dance craze in Paisley to oor Hoose when we introduce a monthly Motown/Northern Soul dance night on the 24th March. We’ll push back the tables, clear the floor for a night of fabulous fun and exercise, of sorts. Fabulous music and drinks promos all night.
Plus the grand final of the Renfrewshire wide Pub Karaoke Challenge on Saturday night, proceeds in aid of Accord hospice with over 15 pubs participating, the singer whose pub they represent will have the honour of hosting the final next year.
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Aspire Community Solutions – Social Enterprise with a difference

Aspire Community Solutions is a Social Enterprise with a difference, providing a variety of services. Using fully qualified tradesmen supported by trainees to carry out construction, refurbishment, landscaping and drainage works. We provide a high-quality job, on time and on budget always.

We support the community by reinvesting our profits back to a social purpose. Aspire delivers training and employability as well as improving community spaces with the surplus we make from works. So not only are you improving your home, you are improving the community you live in.

We offer a variety of services; ranging from painting & decorating to joinery, roofing etc and to help you get the work done we are offering a 10% off to all our customers who produce the above voucher.

To find out more on our website or just call us and speak to one of our friendly staff, it’s very likely we can meet your needs – choose us today and make a difference.

Please like us on Facebook to see examples of our work or go to our website;



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Gavin Newlands MP highlights Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Gavin Newlands MP joined the Finance Secretary Derek MacKay at the National Construction College in Inchinnan last Friday for a Women in Construction event, held as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week and organised by CITB Scotland, the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council for the construction industry.

The event involved pupils from 3 Renfrewshire schools – St Benedict’s High School, Paisley Grammar and Trinity High School.  The pupils took part in a mix of hands on activities and had the chance to hear from role models currently working in construction.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I was delighted to support CITB Scotland’s Women into Construction event at the National Construction College in Inchinnan last Friday. It was great to see so many young women from Trinity High, St Benedict’s and Paisley Grammar supporting the event and learning new skills.

“Apprenticeships are an important contributor to our society and economy, promoting economic development and helping to reduce youth unemployment. They provide young people with an exciting opportunity to gain a rewarding career and also help meet the needs of our economy.

“I’m especially delighted that CITB Scotland organised this event which encourages young women to think about applying for a construction-based apprenticeship. I support their aim of encouraging more women to get into construction and hope that some of the pupils taking part in Friday’s event give this a serious thought.”

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP said:

“I enjoyed seeing first-hand the large number of people, particularly women, taking part in Apprenticeship week.

“Since this Government came into office in 2007, over 200,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts have been delivered.

“By significantly boosting the number of apprentice places on offer, we are reinforcing our commitment to provide accessible education opportunities which will support our learners and the wider economy.

“I would encourage more employers, both large and small, to take advantage of the opportunities presented by employing Modern Apprentices, and talk to Skills Development Scotland to find out more.”

Ian Hughes, Strategic Partnerships Director, CITB, said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a key fixture in the CITB calendar. It helps us to raise awareness of the crucial role that young people and apprenticeships play within the construction industry.

“I was delighted to welcome Mr Newlands and Mr Mackay to the National Construction College to meet with the girls as they gained valuable insight into the types of exciting careers available to them within the Scottish construction industry. More than 2,000 new workers are needed each year just to keep up with demand – and construction needs women as much as it needs men.”

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Crews progressing initial work to deliver Glasgow City Deal bridges across the Clyde and White Cart

Crews are nearing completion of initial on-site work to deliver the Glasgow City Region City Deal funded bridges across the Clyde and White Cart.

Specialist teams have been working around the clock for the past five weeks, gathering crucial geotechnical and environmental information about what lies beneath the riverbeds.

The complex overwater ground investigations are needed to develop the designs of the new bridges.

They will also inform a future decision on the exact location and alignment of the bridge across the Clyde.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan – the Glasgow City Region Cabinet Lead for Enterprise – visited crews on the river to get a first-hand look at the work. He said: “It is great to see these exciting projects underway.

“The new bridge across the Clyde will give people on both sides of the river better access to jobs and services, as well as helping businesses reach more customers, access suppliers and hire the staff they need.

“It will also improve access to under-used land, opening it up for new development and helping to regenerate our areas.

“The new bridge over the White Cart is one of the infrastructure improvements focused on better linking communities and businesses to make the area around the airport a world class commercial location.

“This will create job opportunities for people in this county and across our entire city region, help businesses to thrive and enable the continued growth of the airport.”

He added: “The City Deal is about delivering major infrastructure projects that will provide significant benefit far beyond their immediate location.

“These bridges are crucial developments that will attract investment, create jobs and cement our place as Scotland’s economic powerhouse.”

The £90.7 million ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ project will strengthen links between communities and businesses in Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow’s west end.

Buses, cars, cyclists and pedestrians will all be able to cross the bridge, which will ‘open’ to allow ships to continue sailing up and down the river.

Glasgow City Council Leader Frank McAveety, the Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “This project is a great example of what our City Deal can deliver for the Glasgow City Region.

“Physically, it will connect communities on either side of the Clyde and help transform the waterfront – but, beyond that, it will also support economic growth and improve people’s employment prospects.

“Likewise, the City Deal as a whole will generate billions in private sector investment, drive business growth and innovation in key industries, create new jobs, and assist thousands of unemployed people in Glasgow and across the region back to work.”

West Dunbartonshire Council Leader Martin Rooney added: “We are working closely with our City Deal partners throughout this process and are looking forward to seeing the results of an Economic and Retail Impact Assessment.

“This report has been jointly-funded by ourselves and Renfrewshire Council and it will give us all an even better understanding of the economic benefits the project will bring to our area.”

The new bridge across the White Cart is being delivered as part of the City Deal funded £39.1 million ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ project, which also includes the realignment of Abbotsinch Road and the building of new cycle routes.

These are all aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks and helping to deliver a world class commercial offering centred around the airport.

In addition to the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ and ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ projects, a further £144 million has been earmarked to provide the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

This ‘Glasgow Airport Access Project’ is the City Deal’s flagship project. It will see the development of a new light rail spur, with hybrid tram-trains using both it and the existing railway network.

Renfrewshire Council’s City Deal project team held engagement events throughout last year and there continues to be overwhelming public support for the initiatives.

Local people will have further opportunities to help shape these major infrastructure projects at events scheduled to be held in May.

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Live music in the HOOSE

We have always brought new and exciting entertainment opportunities to Paisley, so on Tuesday the 7th March,  we invite you to sit in with our Hoose Band. Play, sing, listen, dance but most of all enjoy a great night of quality entertainment.

Can you play 2 chords, or 200?   Join the Hoose band.

Can you sing, or have always wanted to sing with live musicians?  Join the Hoose band

Do you love live music and want to stomp your feet to your friends jamming along with the best talent Paisley has to offer?  Join the Hoose band.

Consider this more ‘OPEN STAGE’  than OPEN MIC, everything goes.

We kick off what is going to be the best night of live entertainment in Paisley in Hamishes Hoose.  On Tuesday 7th March, and we know that the band members that come to launch night will be back every week.  Just in case that guy played the Romanian national anthem on toy piano comes up with something even weirder, or just because they love Katie Boyle singing timeless acoustic ballads

Live music should be fun, all inclusive, unpredictable and lively, and the Hoose band will have something for all.


 Plus we are bringing the latest dance craze in Paisley to oor Hoose when we introduce a monthly Motown/Northern Soul dance night on the 24th March.  We’ll push back the tables, clear the floor for a night of fabulous fun and exercise, of sorts.   Fabulous music and drinks promos all night.
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New part time course starting March at WCS

West College Scotland is starting a new course, award in airport services and ground operations, in March at their Paisley campus.

More details can be found on the flyer or by visiting here.

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paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley is looking forward to the second leg of his team’s Scottish Cup semi-final this Sunday for a whole host of reasons, after seeing his side beat Kilmarnock Storm in the first leg last Saturday, but he certainly isn’t taking anything for granted, and he’s warning everyone at the club not to assume the club is already in the final.

paisley pirates

“I accept that there will be those who believe the job is already done and that we’re in the final towards the end of April, but I’m not one of them!” he said with conviction. “We’ve got to where we’ve reached this year by the same approach, namely, take one game at a time, treat your opponents with the utmost respect, and take nothing for granted, so I’ll certainly not be changing the mantra now, and I’ll quickly remind anybody who thinks otherwise.

He continued, “Storm have a lot of guys who played for us at Braehead in previous seasons, so they will welcome coming back to the wide open spaces here. I actually think they have players who will enjoy the extra space they will find at our home ice, so they will certainly need to be watched very carefully. I know this might be seen as an over cautious approach by some, but we need to be certain that we continue to employ the same practices as we’ve done so far, we’re playing for a cup final place, and when we play the way we can and show the right attitude I never have any doubts about our ability to win games, and that will be the way we go about Sunday’s game. It’s all about maintaining good habits and setting out to win every single game we play. It’s irrelevant what competition we play in, our only objective is to win and take one game at a time, if we continue to do that then everything else takes care of itself.

“It’s a great chance for our supporters to welcome back the guys who, in my opinion, deserve all the praise that’s been heaped on them after winning the Scottish National League, and are now playing for a place in the Scottish Cup Final. Not many supporters can say they have the opportunity to see that all on one night, but on Sunday our fans do, and I really hope they turn out in force to cheer the guys onto the ice just before 6.00pm on Sunday night and then keep the noise level up at full for the rest of the game. It’s been a month since we last played at home when we beat then title challenges Aberdeen Lynx to reach the semis, so I’m looking for them to contribute to the whole team ethic approach, which they’re very much part of, and help see us through to the final. We’re in a position which every other team wishes was theirs, so let’s go for one penultimate push on Sunday and help get us there!”