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State of the art school shared campus in Paisley scheduled to open its doors to pupils this August

An £8.5m state of the art school campus in Paisley is on track to open for the start of the school term in August.

St Paul’s Primary School in Paisley will house 212 pupils, while an integrated communication unit has space for a further 24 at the shared campus, which also includes Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre. It has capacity for 80 pre five children while an adult learning and literacy centre can house up to 10 students.

Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener Jim Paterson and Depute Convener and Provost Lorraine Cameron, visited the construction site to see progress of the new build campus for themselves.

The new school site features outdoor leaning spaces including a canopied area designed for use by smaller groups of pupils to carry out a range of activities, including science experiments.

All formal learning spaces link directly to covered outdoor spaces which, in turn connect to outdoor play areas.

There is an all-weather sports surface and a forest area where children can create ‘mud kitchens’.

A bike and scooter rack will encourage children to ride to school.

Councillor Paterson said: “We are determined to give our children and young people the best learning environments possible to help them achieve their full potential and this campus is a great example of that.

“Outdoor learning is central to the curriculum and access to external spaces means that pupils can engage with the world around them.

“The school is truly one for the 21st century, with all of the class rooms designed to support modern teaching aids and internet ready.

“The campus is on track to be fully operational this August and is on budget.”

Head teacher of St Paul’s, Louise Maher said: “It’s been exciting for pupils and staff alike to watch the new campus being built from the ground up and we can’t wait to move across.”

The playground will have graphics and games painted into the ground surface and as well as a gym, a centrally located studio provides space for dance and movement classes.

The building will be on one level and have access to the pitch from the gym.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction Managing Director for Central Scotland, said: “We were delighted to welcome members of Renfrewshire Council onto site and show them the great progress we have made to date on this fantastic new building.

‘‘The project is moving forward on schedule with the internal fit out well underway.

‘‘We continue to work with all stakeholders to deliver a first-class facility for the pupils, teachers and community members.”

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Full line-up announced for Paisley Takeover festival on 2/3 March Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods announced!

The Friday night line-up of SAMAs Paisley takeover festival on the 2rd March will feature Heir of the Cursed and headliners Out Lines. Heir of the Cursed is a wildly breathtaking solo musician and poet who commands a magnetising blend of calming instrumentals and vocal stylings with her lyrical retellings of the subtleties of life in Glasgow.

Following a sold out set for Celtic Connections and UK tour with Mogwai, headliners Out Lines are a fusion of three powerhouses in Scottish music: Scottish Album Of The Year award winning singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham as well as producer Marcus Mackay.

Having released their debut album ‘Conflats’ towards the end of 2017 amid much acclaim, this dynamic trio will be sure to lure in a Paisley crowd with a strikingly defiant live-set.

Also announced are the remainder of the weekends events including an intimate live in-store session at record shop Feel The Groove with Emme Woods, ahead of her SXSW debut.

This intimate setting will match well with the musician’s brooding vocal to make for an unmissable set, as well as spoken word on the Friday evening from local wordsmith’s Robert Blair and Shaun Moore. Saturday’s afternoon of seminars will begin with How to do DIY in 2018?

Featuring Ian Crawford of El Rancho Records plus J-Bone promoter Alana Hepburn and Conor Goldie of Public Records. Followed by When is the best time to showcase your band on a national level? which will feature artist manager and promoter Nicky Carder, Nadine Walker of Tenement TV and Broadcaster Jim Gellatly.

This will culminate with a special “In Conversation” segment hosted by Vic Galloway and feature former Simple Minds manager and ex Record Store owner Bruce Findlay discussing his inspiring career in the music business. Festival Manager Richy Muirhead comments: “The SAMAs Takeover in March is going to be a great couple of days filled with an exciting events programme.

We’re delighted to share the full line-up with new additions Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods and loads more!” Already announced are The Vegan Leather who are hosting their own music workshop and Q&A, plus live set’s from Siobhan Wilson, SWAY and Saturday headliners Pronto Mama.

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards Paisley Takeover Festival is funded by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, and ran in association with Paisley Arts Centre. The full programme can be found at: www.officialsama.co.uk Tickets are on-sale now from Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre (0300 300 1210)

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Paisley ‘Saints Streets’ naming competition to celebrate St Mirren heroes

St Mirren supporters have the chance to see their playing heroes immortalised with a street named in their honour at the club’s former stadium.

The old Love Street site is being transformed into 132 affordable homes and a public competition is now under way to name the streets at the new development.

Renfrewshire Council has teamed up with the site’s housing provider Sanctuary Scotland and St Mirren FC to launch #SaintsStreets.

Two streets have already been named North Bank and Cairter’s Corner after well-known sections of the old ground and now buddies have two weeks to submit their suggestions for the five remaining roads.

With more than 140 years of playing history and plenty league and cup winning teams to choose from, the options are huge.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for St Mirren supporters and members of the local community to have some fun coming up with their suggestions and at the same time ensure the rich history of the site is celebrated,” says Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board.

Names can be submitted online via the #SaintsStreets link www.surveymonkey.com/r/SaintsStreets before 4.45pm on Saturday 17 February.

A judging panel including St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott and celebrity supporter Chick Young will then convene to select a final shortlist which will go to an online public vote, with the five most popular names declared the winners.

The panel are there to ensure the shortlisted names are suitable and comply with Royal Mail requirements. Names cannot clash with any street names already taken, so any players whose surname is already shared with an existing street in the town will be ruled out.

Councillor McGurk added: “This exciting development at Love Street is transforming a vacant site and supports our commitment to build more than 200 high quality affordable homes every year as we invest to create a thriving Renfrewshire.

“It isn’t just about building more houses – it is about creating homes that people want to live in, in places where they want to live. We’re expanding the supply of homes that are the right type, the right size and in the right place to meet the needs of people in Renfrewshire.”

The £17million Love Street project is being delivered by Sanctuary Scotland in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government.

The development will provide 103 houses for social rent. A further 29 houses are available for affordable sale through the New Supply Shared Equity scheme.

Sanctuary is also building homes for social rent in Station Road, Renfrew and at the former Co-Op site in Wellmeadow Street, Paisley.

Pat Cahill, Director, Sanctuary Scotland, added: “We look forward to welcoming Sanctuary tenants to homes in streets named after Love Street legends.”

St Mirren FC chairman Gordon Scott added: “It would be difficult to put into words how much Love Street means to my fellow supporters – many of us will have watched our first game of football there, and will have a lifetime of memories revolving around the place.

“So we are delighted the club’s history will be reflected in the new development taking place on the site and that St Mirren fans will be able to choose the names that mean the most to them.”

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Synchro skating team from intu Braehead are British Champs

HOURS of practice at the Arena at intu Braehead ice rink has paid off for a team of synchronised skaters after they were crowned British champions.


The Starlight Rain team from the Starlight Synchro Skating Club won the adult category in the British Synchronised Skating Championships.

The synchronised skating club, with members from all over west central Scotland, also had four other teams compete in various categories of the tournament.

The Starlight Mist team skated in the adult category; the Blizzard team in the Elementary category; Storm in the mixed age category and Cyclone in the preliminary category.

Team coach Kate Matthews said: “We won the adult championship title back in 2014, so it was great to bring the trophy home again. The team deserves a lot of credit for the way they performed at the championships.”

Scott Martin, Arena general manager said: “We have lots of different ice sports teams at the arena rink and the synchronised skaters are one of the hardest working in training.

“Well done to the skaters in the Starlight Rain team and we’re proud to have them as one of our ice users.”

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Years of Neglect Have Left Our Roads At Breaking Point

Roads across Renfrewshire are the talking point of every local community at the moment. The volume of potholes and repairs needed over the winter has seen motorists reach breaking point. Renfrewshire Council have been swamped with complaints as outraged drivers have seen the roads reach dangerous levels with burst tyres and vehicle repairs becoming a common occurrence for motorists.
This issue is impacting all areas of Renfrewshire as the bad winter weather has taken its toll on our roads. SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Natalie Don has spoken out however, as she explains it is not just down to the bad winter that we are seeing our roads in need of such repairs. Councillor Don believes that we are now seeing the impact of years of neglect to the roads budget from the previous Renfrewshire Council Labour administration.
Councillor Don stated,
“Although the bad weather has obviously been a contributing factor, the current situation we are experiencing is the result of the previous Labour administration’s mismanagement and years of neglect of our roads. Labours inability to effectively invest in our roads during their last five years in administration has seen our roads gradually deteriorate and the recent bad weather was the final straw. The current SNP administration are still running on the previous administrations budget and I think it is both hypocritical and patronising to see Labour councillors complaining about the state of the roads, when it is down to their current and previous budgeting decisions over the last 5 years that the roads are in the state that they are now.”
Councillor Don, also Depute Convener of the Infrastructure Land and Environment Board, has assured residents that Renfrewshire Council is dedicated to seeing our roads improve and urges constituents to get in touch and report any damages that they encounter while commuting.
“I understand that roads across Renfrewshire are causing a great deal of concern for many local people. The number of complaints I have received regarding roads within my ward of Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank alone, has been high but I understand that this problem is affecting residents across Renfrewshire. I want to ensure all residents that your local SNP councillors are working extremely hard with Renfrewshire Council roads department, around the clock, to ensure that your complaints are dealt with and poor conditions are reported and repaired swiftly.”
On 1st March the SNP council group will put forward their first budget since taking over the administration in May last year. The current budget for roads was set by the previous Labour administration for the 2017/18 financial year and Councillor Don has emphasised that investment in Renfrewshire’s roads will be seen as a top priority when it comes to the budget in March.
“The SNP will shortly be putting our budget proposals forward and I am positive that we will see proper investment in our roads. I have certainly made it clear that it is one of my top priorities. It is time for the SNP to fix the mess that the Labour administration left Renfrewshire in and to ensure that our roads do not end up in this state again.”
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Monte Carlo Classic Rally

The centre of Paisley will be lively tomorrow night as the town waves off the cars and crews in this year’s start of the 2018 historic rally run to Monte Carlo.

But for 10 year old Primary 6 pupil Emilia Kozlowska, of St John Ogilvie Primary School in Paisley, it’ll be a really special occasion. She won a Renfrewshire-wide competition for a pupil to design the flag to be used to wave off the drivers and her winning flag will be the centrepiece of the start outside Paisley Abbey at 6pm.

It’s the fifth time the town – the sole shortlisted Scottish entry for the title UK City of Culture 2021 – will be the only British start point of six European cities.

Around 70 cars are expected to leave the start ramp – the largest number of entries so far with the first 24 of them setting off for the 1500-mile trip to the South of France.

There are three separate categories:

The Historique class is being run for the 21st year and is restricted to car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980. It will run over eight days on open public roads with the cars and crews having undertaken a series of fourteen demanding test stages in the mountains of southern France.

The Classique event is for older cars from as early as 1911 to 1969 and follows the same route to Monte Carlo but does not include any test stages, the goal simply being to finish in Monte Carlo after checking in at a series of control points on the way, including Dumfries in the south of Scotland, Barnby Moor in Nottinghamshire and Banbury in Oxfordshire.

Once again the event will feature the popular Monte Heritage Runs which will follow on from the full-scale events and motoring enthusiasts in a range of interesting cars from over the years will take in a series of short classic routes in Scotland, including Aberdeen, Dumfries and Stirling.

Last year a crowd of around 10,000 gathered in the centre of Paisley with the magnificent backdrop of the Abbey to wave off the crews in a party atmosphere with lights, music, street food and pyrotechnics…..and working with staff from Renfrewshire Council and volunteers from many motorsport clubs in Scotland, the organisers are confident of making the start even bigger and better next year.

At a preview of the event and looking over some of the entries, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Monte Carlo Classic Rally back to Paisley for a fifth year – the sight of the cars gathered outside Paisley Abbey always makes a fantastic spectacle, and brings a great turnout.

“This is the first event in Renfrewshire’s 2018 major events programme, which aims to bring footfall into our town centres and showcase our unique attractions to visitors.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 had a hugely positive impact on the town’s profile and reputation and we will build on that with another great year of major events.”

Douglas Anderson, the UK co-ordinator and the man responsible for bringing the Monte back to Scotland in 2011, will be leading the cars off to Monte Carlo in his 1961 Triumph Herald Coupe.

He said: “Paisley’s mid-winter carnival – the Monte Carlo Rally Start – is back for a record fifth time with a record number of cars heading for the sunshine. It’s acknowledged to be the best of all the rally starts around Europe. Be part of the excitement by coming along to cheer them on their way on Wednesday evening. Share the magic of the Monte.”

Among the entrants who’ll be heading for Monte Carlo in the Historique Class and already in Paisley, are the French crew of Gerard Thill and Colette Roubaud. Their superb red 1971 Saab 96 V4 comes from Trollhattan in Sweden and was originally owned by an engineer who worked at the Saab factory. Gerard and Colette will be taking part in their ninth Historique Monte but it’s the first time they’ve started from Scotland. Previously they’ve set off from Reims, Bad Homburg, Monaco, Oslo, Barcelona and Marrakech.

It’s a slightly closer-to-home start for the three-man Angus-based crew of David Tindal, Alan Falconer and Stephen Woods who decided only recently they’d like to do the event. Fortunately David’s 18-year-old son just happened to have a 1956 Ford Prefect which he was working on in his garage. They rushed to complete the job and they’ll be competing in the Classique group under the team name ‘Kilts to Carlo’ to raise funds for Prostate Scotland.

Also taking on the challenge is husband and wife team Jim and Norma Watson from Dunfermline who are MG fans and have owned a number of different models over the years. They bought their current MGB GT just to take part in the

Classique event. Although both now retired, they are not taking it easy. When not rallying they sail and are currently restoring a wooden sailing yacht.

From Troon, Craig McGibbon has entered his Volvo 122S for the second time in the Historique category but this time he has a very experienced navigator in Karsten Brown sitting alongside. Before retirement they were both highly-trained professional drivers and are looking forward to showing the others how it’s done.

David Glen and Andrew Sturgess from Glasgow are a well-established crew who are competing in their 5th Monte. Their car is a rare 1978 Escort RS 2000 with equally rare X pack modifications. David and Andrew managed to finish the rally last year despite having a ‘coming together’ with an Alfa Romeo en route, but it is now back to its original condition and they are raring to go.

All the competing cars will assemble from around 4pm in the precincts of Paisley Abbey on the evening of Wednesday January 31st before setting off at 6pm for the long drive south. Families are encouraged to come along from 3pm – Paisley Town Hall will host a giant Scalextric set, a Sega Rally arcade machine, children’s workshops, face painting and refreshments for those wanting to gear themselves up before the send-off at 6pm.

 

More information can be found at www.monte.scot

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£2million improvement works complete on Renfrewshire’s parks

The main phase of a major £2.25million investment in Renfrewshire’s parks and opens spaces has been completed.

Works to create a modern, family friendly environment has seen £2million invested in a number of improvements to the two main parks in the area.

Opening of new play park at Barshaw Park Paisley 31.8.17

Two wheelchair-accessible swings have been installed in Paisley’s Barshaw Park and Renfrew’s Robertson Park to ensure an inclusive setting for young people is available in the popular community spaces.

Brand-new, state-of-the-art playgrounds have also been created in each park with the aim of improving children’s health, learning and social inclusion by providing them with stimulating play equipment.

The first castle structure of its kind in the world has been constructed in Robertson Park, with the unique three-tower construction containing a rappelling wall, rung ladder, hand over hand monkey bars, vertical climbing net and two separate styles of rope traverse.

The investment has also seen a number of significant upgrades made to pathways, roads and drainage systems to improve the park’s resistance to inclement weather and provide a safe space for the public to enjoy all year round.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that the works to the facilities in both Barshaw Park and Robertson Park are complete and they have made a significant difference to our two main community parks.

“The new play equipment, including the wheelchair accessible swings, will provide a safe, positive environment for our young people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

“This coupled with the improvements to the pathways and drainage means these parks will provide a fantastic space for the community to utilise for years to come.”

A further £250,000 is set to be invested in five neighbourhood parks to enhance the visitor experience and provide a fun, exciting environment for local residents to enjoy.

Planning is underway to identify which parks will receive part of the funding, with works expected to take place during 2018.

For further information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/parksandgardens.

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Iconic Monarch of the Glen painting taken to school for pupils to see

ONE of Scotland’s most iconic paintings has been taken to a primary school so youngsters could get a close-up view of the artwork.

Shortly before The Monarch of the Glen (c.1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer went on display at Paisley Museum, Primary Six and Seven pupils at Arkleston Primary, in Renfrew got a sneak preview of the painting and spoke about it with staff from the National Galleries of Scotland.

The painting was brought to the school in a large van, which parked in the playground. Local police officers and other security staff were on hand to look after the valuable piece of art.

The painting was bought for the nation for £4 million from drinks giant Diageo last year, after a four-month fundraising campaign supported by the National Lottery, Art Fund, the Scottish Government, private trusts and public donations. Diageo had agreed to sell the famous painting for half the market value.

The painting is an iconic image associated with Scotland and Paisley is only one of four venues in the country chosen by the National Galleries of Scotland for it to go on show. People can view The Monarch of the Glen for free at Paisley Museum from until March 11.

Carolyn Crawford, head teacher at Arkleston Primary said: “We were lucky enough to be part of a very unique experience, when The Monarch of the Glen came to visit us.

“It was an honour and an experience I’m sure the children and adults will not forget.

“Pupils were impressed with the painting and even a little overwhelmed by the stature of the stag and this prompted some great discussion.

“We emphasise the importance of being creative at Arkleston and it’s one of the character strengths that we teach our children.

“Being creative allows you to see things differently, a skill which we hope all our children will put to good use in their lives.”

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, who operates Paisley Museum, said: “It was a great idea to take the painting to a local school so pupils could see such an iconic painting close up and then discus what it means to them.

“Now everyone can see the Monarch of the Glen, at Paisley Museum and it’s a great coup for Paisley to have been chosen as one of four places in Scotland to display the impressive painting.”

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It’ll be all in a day’s work for Renfrewshire’s Provost

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is calling on local businesses to sign her up for a day’s work, all in the name of charity.

Aiming to raise as much money as possible during her time in office, Provost Cameron is offering her time to any organisation in Renfrewshire who wishes to bring her into their team for a day.

All the money raised will go towards the Provost’s chosen charity for 2018 which is MND Scotland, who provide care and support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease as well as funding research into finding a cure.

Provost Cameron said: “I’m always up for a challenge and I’m looking forward to getting out to our local businesses and seeing the fantastic work they do first hand.

“The care and support that MND Scotland do for those who are diagnosed with the illness and their families is indescribable and I’m committed to helping them in any way I can.

“So I’m asking any Renfrewshire business who wishes to do something for the benefit of charity to get in touch and invite me along for a day.”

The Provost will be supporting two other charities during her time in office with Renfrewshire’s two hospices, St Vincent’s and ACCORD, being the beneficiaries in the following two years.

Businesses are asked to make a minimum donation of £200 for the Provost’s time and for their generosity, they will receive publicity in the local media, coverage on the council’s social media channels and on the Council website.

For further information or to register your interest, please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharity.