Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

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RENFREWSHIRE TEENS’ FASHION SHOW MAKES TREASURE FROM TRASH

RIPPED UP by ReMode

University of the West of Scotland, Student Union, Storie Street, Paisley

Saturday 3 March – 7pm – 9pm

Tickets at the Eventbrite link: https://tinyurl.com/remode-ripped– £2 suggested donation

A group of Renfrewshire teenagers will be hitting the catwalk this spring with a very different look. The models walking the runway at fashion show Ripped Up by ReMode will all be wearing clothes they’ve re-made from discarded fabric, whether donated or rescued from landfill sites.

 

Ripped Up by ReMode is the culmination of a year’s work at Lochwinnoch-based community project and upcycled fashion boutique ReMode, which offers free workshops in upcycling and clothing design for young people and the wider Renfrewshire community. All of the weird, wonderful and at times out-of-this-world clothes on show have been constructed from discarded donations by young people and participants from the community, working with experienced designers, artists and industry professionals. The models will also showcase a line of unique Paisley-patterned kimonos created as part of a Renfrewshire Council-funded project called Our Pattern.

 

Gillian Steel, the artist and filmmaker who runs ReMode in Lochwinnoch, said

“ReMode exists to raise awareness of the huge environmental problems posed by the textile industry – currently the second most toxic in the world after oil – and to encourage young people and the community look at ways in which fashion can be more sustainable.  The greatest resource we’ve drawn on in creating this collection has not been the reams of fabric and discarded clothing we’ve had donated, but the imagination, skills and willingness of people in our community to create see the potential and beauty in something that has been discarded.”

 

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council leader, added: “We are pleased to be able to support this project through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund. The fund is part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and aims to carry on the momentum it created by building capacity among the local creative community, and new opportunities for people to get involved in cultural activity. The team at ReMode are raising awareness of important environmental issues in a very creative way and we wish them all the very best with the fashion show.”

 

Ripped Up by ReMode has been developed in collaboration with Paisley 2021’s UK City of Culture and Heritage Fund and The University of The West of Scotland’s Sustainability Hub.

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Gavin Newlands MP calls for more support for Bridge of Weir Universal Credit claimants

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has highlighted in Parliament the case of Universal Credit claimants living in Bridge of Weir having to travel over 11 miles for an appointment at a Jobcentre in Greenock.

New Universal Credit claimants living in Bridge of Weir are required to attend Greenock Jobcentre for their initial appointment, as their closest Jobcentre in Johnstone, just 3 miles away, isn’t able to process Universal Credit applications yet.

People from PA11 postcode are included in the full Universal Credit rollout area, unlike most of Renfrewshire. Previously, they had to attend appointments in Port Glasgow, but after the closure of that Jobcentre, claimants living in Bridge of Weir now have to travel even further to Greenock.

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

“I was shocked to find out that some Universal Credit claimants from Bridge of Weir are being told that they have to make a 20 mile plus roundtrip to attend appointments at the Greenock Jobcentre, when there is a closer one just a few miles away in Johnstone. I have heard from people having to walk for miles as they can’t afford the near £8 bus fare. I have contacted the DWP and they have confirmed that after the initial appointment, people are able to request appointments in Johnstone, but this is little comfort to anyone struggling to make it to the initial appointment in Greenock to get their claim up and running.

“This is just one of the numerous issues with the Universal Credit rollout, which is causing hardship for people all over the country. I have written to the Leader of the House to request support for claimants from Bridge of Weir to help with their travel costs. People shouldn’t have to spend up to 14% of their benefits just on travel to the Jobcentre.”

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PAISLEY PIRATES 11 NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD 2

Pirates recorded another big win as they eventually overcame North Ayr with ease after a few uncomfortable moments early on.

They were on the board in just over a minute as Bain was first to reach a rebound to flick the puck behind Beveridge, to give his side the lead. In spite of having the bulk of the pressure, however, Pirates were level in the 9th minute as the visitors pounced on a loose puck in their own zone to break away at speed and net through Davidson to give a scoreline which did not reflect the run of play. However, the home side continued to dominate in a somewhat scrappy affair and in the 16th minute as a bullet from Walker at the blue line flew beyond Beveridge into the top corner, restoring a lead which they never lost. Their superiority was reinforced within 30 seconds as Crute made it 3-1 going to the break, a lead which was perhaps more fitting with the run of the puck in the first stanza.

 

Crute continued where he had left off with a simple tap in on the resumption of play, and with the puck tending to head in the direction of the North Ayr goal, Henderson took his team’s tally to five four minutes later. Pirates were then obliged to play off several minor penalties which disrupted their momentum a little, but a quickfire double from Bain, netting his second, and Dobson within a minute at the latter end of the period was enough to take the game to 7-1, and even a late counter on the powerplay by Coubrough seconds before the end of the session was merely a consolation for the visitors.

 

With the destiny of the points already decided, Pirates continued to press in the final session, with Donaghy replacing Meechan in the home goal and Crute duly completed a treble in the 43rd minute. In spite of numerous chances Pirates were unable to cash in on their play until well into the latter stages when, ironically in the midst of playing off a double minor, they contrived to score THREE shorthanded goals in under two minutes as Thorp’s marker, and a double from Dobson, completing his hat trick in the process, took the final tally to eleven.

 

Pirates continue to rack up the goals, and the league points, and now look forward to the first of two trips in a week to Tayside as they take on the Tigers next Sunday.

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Gavin Newlands MP welcomes launch of digital safety ambassadors

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, attended a reception in Parliament with Facebook and youth charities, Childnet International and The Diana Award to welcome the roll-out of a major programme which will offer every UK secondary school dedicated digital safety ambassadors. These youth ambassadors will provide peer-to-peer support and online safety initiatives in secondary schools.

Gavin Newlands MP met Digital Leaders from Childnet International and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from The Diana Award who him about their efforts to eliminate bullying and promote digital citizenship online and offline.

 

The Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North – who previously led a debate in parliament on the impact that bullying has on young people – also met with representatives of Facebook about the steps they are taking to keep young people safe online and this new commitment which could see tens of thousands of pupils in schools across the UK trained as Digital Leaders or Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

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

“Too many young people are afraid to go to school every morning due to the bullying behaviour of others. Unfortunately, with the rise of social media, that torment can sadly be extended beyond the school gates and into the safety of the home.

“We need to do more to tackle bullying behaviour and that also includes making social media a safe place for all children.

“It’s absolutely vital that students in Renfrewshire have the tools to stay safe and to tackle bullying behaviour. I welcome Facebook’s commitment to provide digital ambassadors and encourage schools to find out how to get involved in this.”

Will Gardner, CEO at Childnet International said:

“We launched the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme two years ago as part of our work in the UK Safer Internet Centre, with support from Facebook and the European Commission. Since then we have trained thousands of peer educators in schools across the UK using our innovative digital platform and we are constantly inspired by the amazing activities they deliver to make a really positive difference in their school communities.”

Katie Collett, Head of Anti-Bullying at The Diana Award said:

“Facebook’s support will enable us to upscale our work empowering 20,000 more young people to stand up to all forms of bullying and protect their peers over the next two years. Our tried and tested peer-led approach has transformed the lives of thousands of young people in schools across the UK & Ireland who spend 11,000 hours of their hours in education.”

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Schools who don’t yet have a Digital Leader or Anti-Bullying Ambassador can register their interest in the programmes at www.childnet.com/digital-leaders or www.antibullyingpro.com.

Childnet International

Childnet International is a UK charity that empowers children, families and schools in the digital age, and its vision is to make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Find out more at www.childnet.com

Childnet Digital Leaders Programme

Delivered by Childnet as part of its work in the UK Safer Internet Centre, this pupil-powered online safety programme empowers young people to be Digital Leaders so they can educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online. With interactive training and an exciting online community, the programme helps schools put young people at the heart of their whole-school approach and ensures internet safety learning is fun and effective.

Find out more at: www.childnet.com/digital-leaders

The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme

The Diana Award runs the leading Anti-Bullying Campaign in the UK and Ireland giving young people the skills, confidence and training to tackle all forms of bullying as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in their schools, communities and online.

Find out more at: http://diana-award.org.uk/registerforantibullying/

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Council Leader sets out budget challenges

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has pledged to put local communities at the heart of the Council’s budget plans for the coming financial year.

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The Council Leader pledged to ‘put people first’ and ensure that spending is targeted where it will make a difference for communities and businesses across Renfrewshire.

The level of council tax and the council’s total spending on services and capital investment will be set at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council on 1 March.

Councillor Nicolson said:  “I was delighted to be appointed Leader of the Council after the election last year and we have worked hard with councillors from across the parties to make sure we’re delivering the best deal we can for the people who live and work in Renfrewshire.

“It’s been a fantastic time for Renfrewshire and our recent bid for UK City of Culture. Being part of the competition was supported by all political parties and it gave us this fantastic platform to show everyone what we can do. It’s important now we continue that journey, building on the positive perceptions created and making sure that we make the most of the opportunities we have in front of us.

“We want to make Renfrewshire an attractive place to live, work and visit. We will continue to invest in education, jobs and tackling the inequalities that can hold people back from realising their full potential.

“I promised at the time that we would listen to what communities tell us and we have worked to ensure that with finite resources, we make sure we get the best value for every public pound we spend.

“We want to give people back a pride in their place and we’ve invested in improving our local environment through our team up to clean up programme.”

Councillor Nicolson also highlighted that with limited resources, there would have to be new ways of working together to deliver key public services.

“Like other local authorities, we must work within the budgets we are set and we will continue to work with our local communities and partners to ensure that our investment decisions are based on what will make an impact and ensure our communities continue to thrive.”

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Budget Brings Funding Boost For Paisley.

More Cash For Local Services Thanks To Progressive Reforms

Renfrewshire Council is set to receive a significant funding boost as a result of this year’s SNP Scottish Government budget – with local services in Renfrewshire benefiting from an extra £8.823 million.

The SNP’s progressive reforms – which will see 55% of taxpayers pay less in income tax than if they lived in the rest of the UK – guarantee a 2.83% increase rise in Renfrewshire council’s resource budget, providing extra funding for schools, roads and housing. The budget will also see Renfrewshire schools benefit from £4,272,240 million as part of the Pupil Equity Fund, helping to tackle the attainment gap.

The Scottish Budget also provides additional spending on our NHS – which will see an extra £400 million in funding to help protect our health service from Tory austerity.

Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:

“This extra funding for Renfrewshire council – an additional £8.823 million for the coming year – is a great settlement for our communities.

“The SNP’s progressive reforms on income tax, seeing 70% of people pay less than they did last year, and 55% pay less than they would if they lived south of the border, are vital for allowing this funding increase despite continued austerity being imposed by the Tories at Westminster.

“And it takes the total resource budget for our council’s services – such as schools, roads and housing – to £311.453 million for the coming year, an increase of 2.83% when compared with last year.

“This progressive budget also provides extra funding for our NHS, education and broadband, and more money for our economy, research and our environment too – as well as protecting free university tuition, free personal care for the elderly, free school meals and free prescriptions.

“While the Tories propose cutting over £556 million from public services in order to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthiest – the SNP Government delivers for our councils and protects the vital local services in Paisley that we all hold dear.”

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Lamont Farm

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has praised Lamont City farm, the long-established community farm which has spent the past 41 years helping to improve animal welfare through education and helping to rescue animals at risk.

Lamont City Farm is run entirely by volunteers and provides school children and residents from Renfrewshire and beyond to meet a range of animals, from horses and llamas, to exotic reptiles and small furries.

The Farm run workshops on animal care, welfare and husbandry. Unfortunately, last week, the farm building was targeted by vandals who caused a significant amount of damage. As a result, the volunteers have launched a crowdfunder to help repair the damage that was caused.

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

“Lamont City Farm is a well-established part of the wider Renfrewshire community. They have provided opportunities for countless school children over the years to see some fantastic animals and it’s an outrage that they’ve been targeted by senseless vandals.

“They provide a fantastic resource to Renfrewshire and help educate kids about the importance of animal welfare. In addition many of its residents have been saved from a life of neglect, abuse and suffering. To hear that this organisation has recently been targeted by vandals is especially distressing. I hope all those who have visited Lamont City Farm over the years, and have seen witnessed the excellent job that they do, will contribute to this fundraiser if they are able to. ”

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First buildings benefit from latest round of town centre heritage funding

Improvements to Paisley’s built environment are continuing as work starts on the first buildings benefiting from the latest raft of heritage funding.

Repairs to 9 Gilmour Street are being carried out through the £4 million Paisley Townscape and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (TH.CARS2) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council and will be delivered over the next four years.

The multi-million pound regeneration programme aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest.

Through the scheme, building owners can apply for grant funding for building repairs and shopfront improvements with a view to creating a high quality environment which will increase business interest and reduce the number of vacant properties in the area.

The grant funding secured for 9 Gilmour Street will deliver repairs to the external fabric of the building with work being carried out by local construction firm Clark Contracts.

Mr Allan Toti of A.D.T Properties who owns the ground floor shop units at 9 Gilmour Street, said:  “There is such beautiful architecture in the town and by making funding available for improvements to the properties it gives people the opportunity to admire them more.

“The grant funding is a great thing and I would encourage other shop owners to take advantage of it as it offers business benefits to them as well as improving the look of the buildings in the town.

“I love the town, I think it’s a great place and improvements to the town centre will only help to make it an even better place.”

The building is also the head office of Walker Laird and is occupied by 55 solicitors and support staff.

Ronnie McGinlay, Partner at Walker Laird said: “Our firm is keen to stay in the centre of Paisley and due to the cost of the major refurbishment works sought advice on grant funding from Renfrewshire Council.

“The decision to award the grant has allowed Walker Laird to maintain its presence in the town and the firm is very grateful for the assistance and advice offered throughout this process.”

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Cllr Iain Nicolson, said: “Paisley boasts an impressive built heritage which we want to protect and revitalise. By investing in our built environment we will encourage more visitors and businesses to the area which will in turn increase footfall on the High Street and reduce the number of vacant properties.

“Through the scheme we, along with the support of HLF and HES, want to help building owners repair and improve their premises to help increase business interest. It’s great to see building and business owners in the community take advantage of the scheme and  I would encourage more people to find out about the grant funding offered through this project and what the potential business benefits are likely to be.”

The scheme builds on the success of the initial £3.5m THI/CARS scheme which transformed the area around Causeyside Street including shopfront repair grants and public realm improvements.

A number of other projects have been implemented aimed at driving people back into the town centre including the restoration and reuse of the Russell Institute, the proposed relocation of Paisley Central Library to a vacant building on the High Street and plans for a £42 million revamp to Paisley Museum.

To find out more about the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thcars2.

For more information on the Council’s wider regeneration plans please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/paisley.

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Scottish Budget Stage 3

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SNP Budget Will Give Scots Best Deal In UK

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Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers And Lower Taxes For 70% Of Scots

 

The Scottish Government’s budget protects low and middle income earners and delivers for public services and public sector workers, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said as Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill is laid before the Scottish Parliament.

 

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on higher earners, while 70% of taxpayers will pay less than they did last year and 55% will pay less than the rest of the UK. Opinion polling found that Scots back the SNP’s tax plans by 2 to 1.

 

The Budget will also deliver an additional £400 million for the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services, and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“This is a budget for a stronger economy and a fairer society – with increased funding for the NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

 

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for 70% of Scots, with every worker earning less than £33,000 paying less in tax next year – while protecting public services across Paisley that we all hold dear.