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Start of Season 2017

The frosty mornings have already started and Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd are geared up for the coming winter season and look forward to supplying customers throughout Renfrewshire and mainland UK with de-icing rock salt.

Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd is based at North Arkleston Farm in Paisley, conveniently next to Junction 27 of the M8 motorway. The company supplies rock salt to individuals, local authorities and businesses throughout the UK – helping to keep schools, hospitals and other government buildings clear of ice. They are also the primary salt supplier for many of the main gritting companies, who work tirelessly throughout the night to keep our roads safe.  

The company was formed in 2010, the ‘worst winter since records began’. This was the year that temperatures plummeted to as low as -20 ⁰C. The team at Salt and Grit Solutions could not have hoped for a better start as everyone quickly learned the integral role that de-icing salt plays in keeping the country moving. There was no choice but to learn how to work quickly and efficiently, working long hours each day to deliver salt where it was needed, as promised.

It was during this winter that the company established a good reputation within the industry, and now new customers also benefit from this experience. The company believes that the key to building successful relationships is to understand individual needs and work out a service plan to suit, and of course offer competitive pricing!

Salt and Grit Solutions may be better known to the people of Paisley through another arm of the business, Rukeri. The Rukeri brand supplies a range of landscaping products to trade and public, specialising in growing and supplying turf from their fields at North Arkleston Farm. Rukeri enjoyed a very busy summer, helping to transform the gardens of residents in the local area. Although both business activities tend to be seasonal Rukeri is still operational during the winter months (turf is cut all year round providing the ground isn’t frozen solid!).

The company facilitates deliveries of rock salt throughout all of the UK, however a fantastic service with short delivery lead times is offered to the people of Paisley, as to be expected from a local supplier. Salt is also available to purchase from the depot at North Arkleston Farm. Do pop in, as the team would be delighted to see you.

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  • EU-scheduled services up 16%
  • 39,000 passengers up on previous best in October 2016

Last month’s school break helped Glasgow Airport record its busiest-ever October after more than 928,000 people travelled through its doors, representing a 5% increase on 2016’s passenger numbers.

EU-scheduled services were up 16% on the same period in 2016 thanks to additional capacity and strong demand on a number of city break routes including Milan, Valencia and Lisbon.

October saw the introduction of two new Ryanair routes to Madrid and Krakow, while Lufthansa announced plans to launch a new daily flight to Frankfurt in March 2018. The German carrier’s summer seasonal weekly route to Munich was also significantly improved with passengers now be able to fly up to four times per week from Glasgow to the Bavarian capital all year round.

International traffic was up 9.5% on last year due to strong demand for winter sun destinations as thousands of families jetted off during the October school break and long-haul routes to North America and Dubai also increased by 2.5%.

Celtic’s Champions League home and away double header against Bayern Munich also boosted October’s passenger numbers with a significant number of fans travelling through the airport to the games in Munich and Glasgow.

The launch of Flybe’s new London Southend Airport ensured domestic performance remained on par with last year’s passenger numbers. The addition of the new route, which will operate up to nine times per week, takes the total number of daily flights between Glasgow and the six airports in and around London to 32.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: ““It’s been another tremendous month for passenger growth and route development at the airport.

“Each month so far in 2017 has been a record breaker and our success is a direct result of the hard work and effort we put in to continually improving the airport’s route network to provide our customers with a greater destination choice.


“We’re thrilled to add both Madrid and Krakow to our growing list of EU-scheduled services and this year’s October school break was one of our busiest ever with more than 167,000 passengers heading off on their holidays from the airport.

“Looking ahead, November is already shaping up to be a really busy month with a number of events and conferences drawing visitors to the city.

“We also expect to see an increase in demand across many of our EU-scheduled services towards the end of the month as passengers head off for weekend breaks to explore traditional Christmas markets on routes such as Dusseldorf, Prague, Brussels, Berlin and now Munich.”


Terminal passengers % November 2016 to October 2017 %
(000s) Change Change
928,264 5% 9,889,109 7.1%

Notes to editors:

About Glasgow Airport


Glasgow Airport is owned by AGS Airports Limited. AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) established in 2014 to invest in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports. In December 2014, Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, was appointed as the CEO for AGS as a group.


Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest year on record when 9.4 million people travelled through its doors in 2016 representing an annual increase of 7.5%.

With 30 airlines serving more than 130 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.

In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure. The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Remembrance services take place across Renfrewshire

Communities across Renfrewshire have paid their respects to the Armed Forces at a series of remembrance services across the area.

Services took place in the main town centres of Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, as well as six other services in neighbouring villages, to give local people the opportunity to pay tribute to those lost in the line of duty.

More than 500 people attended the service in Paisley, where Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron joined members of the Royal British Legion at the Cenotaph to remember those who have been lost in all wars and conflicts.

A member of the Royal British Legion Scotland- Paisley Comrades branch sounded the Last Post to commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice before the Two Minutes’ Silence was impeccably observed at 11am.

Provost Cameron laid the first wreath, followed by more than 30 others from various groups and organisations including the Royal Air Force, 102 Field Squadron, Renfrewshire Council and the Emergency Services.

Provost Cameron said: “It is an honour to take part in this service which gives everyone the opportunity to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and the importance of this cannot be misunderstood.

“We must ensure that we remember those who have given their lives to allow us to continue to live ours in peace.

“I was privileged to attend the Children’s Remembrance Service on Friday and it was clear that the message of remembrance remains in our schools, and it is important that the younger generation recognise the importance of remembering the fallen.”

The annual Children’s Remembrance Service took place on Friday 10 November at the joint campus of Mossvale and St James Primary Schools.

Primary 7 pupils from both schools led a service of readings and poetry to Provost Cameron and members of the Royal British Legion Scotland- Paisley Comrades branch, which included a moving rendition of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

For more information visit www.legionscotland.org.uk.

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Renfrewshire’s Got Talent

Young people who made a positive contribution to Renfrewshire communities were honoured at a special awards ceremony in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew last night.

The Positive About Youth (PAY) Awards, organised by community-based youth charity Renfrewshire Youth Voice, are held to celebrate the remarkable skills and abilities of local young people aged between 12 and 25. More than 250 guests, including friends, family and sponsors, looked on as the winners were announced at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Trophies were presented to prize-winners in eight different categories of achievement, including Young Carer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Youth Group of the Year.

The winners from each of the categories were:

Campaign for change award

Who Cares? Scotland – Young Campaigners Group

Eilish Herron Young Sports Person

Lewis Nicholson

Ferran Hart Young Artist

Sophie Paterson

Literature award

Neave Scott

Unsung Hero award

Aleena Rafi

Young Carer award

Jamie Pizzey

Young Volunteer of the year award

Rebecca Adams

Youth Group of the year award

Paisley Grammar S5/S6 MVP Mentors

Congratulating the winners, Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are a great way to showcase the fantastic achievements of young people in Renfrewshire. It’s been a privilege to witness the celebration of talent that young people in Renfrewshire have.

“We have a huge amount of accomplished and committed youngsters in Renfrewshire and these awards demonstrate the great work and results that can be achieved. It is events such as this that continue to build a genuinely favourable image of young people in the area.

“Tonight’s winners and nominees all make a positive difference to their communities and it’s essential that we continue to acknowledge their achievements.”

Commenting on the night, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, Mark Dougan said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are evidence that Renfrewshire’s youth have a voice, have talent and have an impact on their local communities. It has been great to celebrate our young people tonight and I hope the award winners will motivate and inspire others.”

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is supporting a campaigning charity’s call on deaf Renfrewshire residents to share their experiences about accessing health services.

The Scottish Government’s new Health and Social Care Standards and the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan both aim to improve the accessibility of health services for people in Renfrewshire who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The charity is urging local residents who are Deaf or have hearing loss to complete a short survey to give details about whether their individual communication needs are currently being met when booking or attending hospital, health centre or GP appointments.

The information from survey respondents will play a vital role in highlighting where health services are doing well in being accessible for deaf people and also where there could be room for improvement.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “It’s great to see the Scottish Government taking steps to deliver improvements in the everyday accessibility of public services for people who are Deaf or have hearing loss – including health services.

“I’m pleased to support Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s call for people in Paisley and Renfrewshire North to complete the charity’s Access to Health Services survey to provide vital information about how accessible hospital, health centre and GP surgeries currently are for patients who are Deaf or have hearing loss, so that any needed improvements can be highlighted.”

The survey can be completed online at www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/access, which has BSL translation, or paper copies can be requested by emailing scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or calling 07388 227407.

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Renfrewshire Remembers

Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing for a weekend of remembrance as the area pays tribute to those lost in service with the Armed Forces.

The proceedings will begin on Friday 10 November with Renfrewshire’s annual Children’s Remembrance Service, held at Mossvale Primary School in Paisley.

The Royal British Legion Scotland– Paisley Comrades Division will lead a joint assembly for the pupils of Mossvale and St James Primary which will give them the opportunity to ask questions about the veteran’s experiences and the work of the Legion, followed by a minutes silence at 10am.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who will be attending both the Children’s Remembrance Service and the Armistice Service in Paisley, said:  “This is an important weekend as it gives the whole of Renfrewshire the opportunity to pay tribute to our Armed Forces, past and present, and give thanks for the sacrifices they have made.

“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition and the services of commemoration are a chance to recognise those who have done so much to shape past, present and future generations.

“If you are able to attend one of the services then please feel welcome to do so and come pay your respects.”

A number of commemorative events have been arranged for Sunday 12 November at Cenotaphs or war memorials across Renfrewshire.

These include:

Start    Finish (Approx)

Renfrew         9.45am           10.30am
Houston         10.00am         10.30am
Kilbarchan    10.00am         10.30am
Paisley           10.45am         11.30am
Lochwinnoch           10.45am         11.15am
Howwood      11.45am         12.15pm

Johnstone     12.30pm         1.00pm
Elderslie        2.30pm           3.00pm
Bridge of Weir 3.00pm        3.30pm

Full details of all services can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/RemembranceServices2017

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Glasgow Airport confirmed as potential location for Heathrow’s logistics hubs

Glasgow Airport is in the running to be selected by Heathrow as one of its Logistics Hubs locations – off-site centres for construction and manufacturing which will help the hub airport deliver its third runway.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) is one of 10 Scottish potential sites and 65 sites from across the UK to have been longlisted by Heathrow. Once finalised, the final four selected locations will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow, playing a key role in supporting expansion’s efficient delivery.

GAIA is benefitting from over £30 million of investment through the Glasgow City Region City Deal to deliver a modern, high quality business location and has the potential to become a powerhouse of economic growth for Renfrewshire.

Heathrow expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs which tie directly into Heathrow’s commitments on sustainability, by reducing emissions through transporting assembled components to site in fewer lorries. Heathrow has stated this approach will help deliver expansion faster, more affordably and will minimise impact on local communities surrounding the hub.

Ross Nimmo, head of planning and development at Glasgow Airport, said: “Together with the Glasgow City Region (GCR), we have made a compelling proposition for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs to be located in the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA).

“Aside from benefitting from excellent connectivity including up to 10 flights per day to Heathrow from the airport, GAIA is ideally located to be accessible to the City Region’s extensive workforce and its skills base. The City Region has an enviable track record of successfully delivering major construction projects and GAIA will build on the existing manufacturing strengths Renfrewshire is renowned for. We’re looking forward to working with Heathrow as we progress to the next stage of the selection process for the Logistics Hubs.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The Glasgow City Region is the ideal location for a Heathrow Expansion Logistics Hub and I am delighted the region’s collaborative expression of interest in partnership with Glasgow Airport has progressed to the next stage.

“The Glasgow City Region is Scotland’s economic powerhouse, very well connected with a highly skilled workforce, a well-developed supply chain base, and an ambitious programme for infrastructure and development, collectively making it the compelling choice for a Heathrow logistics hub.”

Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton said:  “As the UK leaves the EU, Heathrow is an essential infrastructure project that will ensure Britain remains an open trading nation.

“As part of that, Heathrow’s third runway will rely on talent from all over Britain helping to create a national asset for generations to come. This means new procurement opportunities for businesses in every region, helping drive growth and investment into local communities in all corners of this country. Our aim, to harness the skills we need through long-term projects such as the Logistics Hubs and Business Summits, will drive jobs and investment leaving a legacy of increased productivity for the construction sector. The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”

For more information on the Logistics Hubs visit: https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/wpcontent/uploads/2017/04/Heathrow_Logistics_Brochure_25.04.17.pdf

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Renfrewshire is ready for winter weather

Renfrewshire’s residents are being urged to prepare themselves for the winter weather conditions as the coldest months arrive.

Renfrewshire Council has launched its Ready for Winter campaign and has put in place its normal winter measures to ensure the area will continue to operate fully should there be severe snow, ice, wind or rain.

More than 800km of road and 1200km miles of pavement will be treated across Renfrewshire with over 4000 tonnes of salt purchased to combat the freezing conditions.

Specialist gritters will be operating on a priority basis to ensure all main bus routes and access routes to schools and emergency services remain available, providing 24 hour cover to deal with the effects of snow and ice.

Residents will also be able to access more than 400 grit bins to tackle roads which are not on essential gritting routes.

The council is also urging everyone to be #RenReady to face the winter weather by preparing in advance to keep their home, business and community safe.

Preparing emergency plans and grab bags for your home, checking weather reports often and having an emergency kit in your car are just a few of the ways which you can stay safe this winter.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise severe winter weather can cause issues for those who live and work in Renfrewshire and we are undertaking a variety of measures to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality.

“Every year we utilise our specialist gritting vehicles to provide a 24 hour response to snow and ice, which helps maintain our roads during the winter period.

“There is also a variety of advice available on our website to learn how to best prepare your home, community or business during an emergency situation.

“We want to ensure our communities are safe and prepared this winter to allow Renfrewshire to continue to operate as normal and ensure we are all #RenReady this winter.”

For more information on how you can be prepared for severe weather across the winter period visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/readyforwinter

You can follow the council’s social media campaign advising on staying safe this winter by following @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Renfrewshire writers feature in Nourish Book

Scottish Book Trust’s annual campaign to get Scotland writing



Every year for Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, releases a book of stories around a theme. As part an annual campaign to get Scotland writing, the public were asked to write pieces on ‘nourish’ and what it means to them. Hundreds of wonderful stories from across Scotland were submitted, and can be viewed here.


32 submissions will be collected in the Nourish book, selected by Scottish Book Trust, Gaelic Books Council and Scottish Poetry Library. Famous names such as Mary Contini, bestselling author of Italian life and cooking, and Dave Myers of The Hairy Bikers, are also included. The book will be downloadable for Book Week Scotland, which runs from 27 November to 3 December. There will also be an e-version available from library lending services, and an audiobook available from Scottish Book Trust’s Soundcloud.


Stories from Renfrewshire writers included are:


·         Eun na Nollaige/ The Christmas Bird by Morag Law

·         Steering the Parritch by Elaine Loch


Morag Law said: “My story brings my personal experience of a vanished way of life to a new generation of readers in both Gaelic and in English. I’m delighted to be included in the Nourish anthology as part of Scottish Book Week and, especially, to be part of The Scottish Book Trust’s ongoing commitment to Gaelic writing.”

Elaine Loch said: “My short story honours my hero, my granda McMeekan who returned from World War 1 with shrapnel stuck in his throat. His two surviving daughters, both now in their 90’s were as excited as me that this wee story was chosen for an audio book!”


Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We were delighted by the number of submissions this year for our Book Week Scotland book. Nourish demonstrates the diverse and colourful cooking culture that Scotland has, passed down the generations through recipes and tradition. These stories celebrate the joy of cooking and sharing food with others.”