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One person studio/flat at Glentanar Court

Glentanar Court invites applications for the tenancy of a one person { studio} flat, now available.

Glentanar Court offers well appointed retirement housing for aged 50 plus in an established residential area in Seedhill area of Paisley

The court offers:

  • excellent standard of accommodation
  • gas central heating
  • extensive gardens { tenants have the opportunity  to join the Gardening Club}
  • Communal lounge and active varied  social programme
  • Laundry facilities
  • Secure door entry system
  • Community alarm – service provided by Renfrewshire Council
  • Competitive rent level with service charges/gas central heating included
  • Assistance with welfare rights  advice and housing benefit applications
  • Responsive repairs service

Please contact Cairn Housing Association on 0800 990 3405 for more information.

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Scottish Greens announce their Candidates for Renfrewshire Council Elections 2017

The Scottish Green Party have announced their candidates for the Renfrewshire Council Elections in May.

Renfrewshire Greens on Paisley High Street

If the Greens win a seat, they will have their first elected Councillor in Renfrewshire.

Ward 1 – Renfrew North and Braehead : Nath Rosset
Ward 2 – Renfrew South and Gallowhill : Graham Batin
Ward 3 – Paisley Northeast and Ralston: Duncan McIntosh
Ward 4 – Paisley Northwest: Beth Douglas
Ward 5 – Paisley East and Central: Daniel Speirs
Ward 6 – Paisley Southeast: Emma McShane
Ward 7 – Paisley Southwest: Sean Lafferty
Ward 8 – Johnstone South and Elderslie: Megan Tait
Ward 9 – Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch: Sarah Anderson
Ward 10 – Houston, Crosslee and Linwood: Helen Speirs
Ward 11 – Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank: Chris Lavelle
Ward 12 – Erskine and Inchinnan: Mairi Cranie

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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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Gavin Newlands MP holds roundtable event on neonatal care in Scotland

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has held a roundtable event to discuss how neonatal care in Scotland can be improved.

Gavin Newlands MP with Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss Scotland

In partnership with Bliss Scotland, Mr Newlands brought together other Scottish MPs and health professionals to discuss the Bliss Scotland Baby Report 2017. This report set out an up-to-date picture of neonatal care in Scotland and outlined a series of recommendations to improve the support offered to premature and sick babies.

In January, the Scottish Government published the maternity and neonatal services report ‘The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland’ which set out a vision for the future. The Scottish Government responded to The Best Start report to accept the recommendations set out within it

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

“My family has had direct experience of the fantastic neonatal care in our hospitals and we will be forever grateful to the care that we received. However, we should not rest on our laurels and improvements can be made to ensure that every mother and baby can receive the best possible care from Scotland’s health service.

“I was delighted to work in partnership with Bliss Scotland to bring together MPs from across Scotland as well as health professionals to discuss neonatal care in Scotland and how we can deliver improvements to this vital service.

“The Scottish Government have been proactive in working to improve neonatal care in Scotland and I look forward to playing my part in helping to ensure that every premature or sick baby and their mother receives the best possible care.”

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss Scotland, said: “I would like to thank Gavin Newlands MP for hosting this roundtable discussion on our Bliss Scotland Baby report. Over 5,800 babies are born premature or sick in Scotland every year and we welcome the chance to shine a light on their experiences by discussing Bliss Scotland’s findings in Westminster. The Scottish Government recently set out ambitious new plans for neonatal care – we welcome these, but Bliss Scotland would also like to see immediate action to address the current staffing issues raised in our Baby report alongside implementation of the plans for the future.”

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Get ready to run with Mum at Race for Life Glasgow

MUMS and daughters across the Glasgow area are being urged to unite and join the fight against cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The charity is inviting women of all ages, shapes and sizes to sign up to take part in Race for Life 5K or the Race for Life 10K at Glasgow Green on Sunday May 21. With Mother’s Day only days away, there’s no better time for mums and daughters to pull on their trainers, limber up and join like-minded women committed to the cause. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We are urging mums and daughters across Glasgow to make this Mother’s Day extra special by signing up to Race for Life.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together, create precious memories and join like-minded women determined to beat cancer sooner. Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Every step participants take together will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland.* That’s why we’re calling on daughters in Scotland to give an extra special gift this Mother’s Day and pledge to take part in Race for Life with their mum.Together, we can stop this devastating disease in its tracks.”

Now for the first time, men can take part too. Cancer Research UK is introducing a new addition to its events calendar – ‘Race for Life Family 5k’ – which is being piloted for the first time in Scotland.  Glasgow has been chosen to host one of just 10 of the new Race for Life Family 5K events in Scotland this spring. While the women only 5K and 10K at Race for Life Glasgow both start at 9.30am, an hour later at 10.30am men, women and children will be able to take part together in the new Family 5K.

Lisa said: “Scots have always shown such an incredible commitment to the cause, so we’re thrilled to be trialling the new Family 5k event in Glasgow.

“For the first time, this will offer men the chance to experience Race for Life as participants. Our much-loved traditional 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events will remain women-only – giving everyone the opportunity to support Cancer Research UK in the way they want to. Everybody is welcome to enter Race for Life, whether they’re taking part on their own or with family, friends or workmates.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Last year, around 37,612 people took part in Race for Life in Scotland and raised almost £2.5 million. This year, organisers are appealing for even more people to stride out to beat cancer sooner with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K events kicking off in Stirling and South Queensferry on May 14, closely followed this spring by events across the country, everywhere from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Inverness to Irvine. Scotland’s first Race for Life Family 5K which for the first time will allow men to take part alongside women is in Stirling on May 14. As well as Glasgow and Stirling, Scotland will also host new Race for Life Family 5ks which men can participate in at locations in Perth, Fife, Dundee, Falkirk, Irvine, Inverness, and Aberdeen. All Race for Life events are non-competitive so participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course to help fund life-saving research.

Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to tackle cancer and save more lives. More people are surviving cancer than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £33 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, and now Family 5k events, which raise millions of pounds every year so that this life-saving work can continue.  

Sign up for Race for Life at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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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.
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“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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PAISLEY PIRATES-PREVIEW

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Paisley Pirates return to action after a few weeks off, and it’s another very important weekend for them as they take on North Ayrshire Wild over two legs, to determine who will qualify for a place in the playoff finals weekend on 8 and 9 April, when the four qualifiers will battle it out for the right to be names playoff champions. Pirates face the Wild at Auchenharvie Ice Rink on Saturday night before returning to Braehead Arena for the second leg less than 24 hours later.

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“I said a few weeks ago that every game was a cup final now, and this weekend proves my point. North Ayr have had a difficult season this year, but will see this as the perfect opportunity to round it off in style by beating the new league champions,” said coach Ian Turley. “For us, we’ll be sticking to our well established routine of taking one game at a time. Braehead Arena hasn’t been available to us for a couple of weeks, so it would have been very easy just to rest up and not train, instead of which we secured booked ice elsewhere to ensure that our normal routine remained in place. That’s what we’ve been doing all season, and we aren’t changing it now. Attitude of mind is just as important as fitness when I’m looking at a squad of players, and it matters that they have the right one when they go out on the ice. We’ve never won the playoff weekend; we’ve had a few disappointments over the years in the final stages, sure it would be great to tick that box but we are not even there yet! The second game at Braehead Arena on the Sunday is also our last one on home ice this season, so I’m hoping both that the team puts on a show for the fans, and that the latter turn out in droves as a “Thank you” for winning the league, it would be a nice way to round off matters in front of them.”

“I’m happy that we’ve got the players to do the job of reaching the finals weekend, but it’s who is best over the two legs simple as that. I’m sure that the Wild will be determined to spoil the party for us. A couple of our squad played for them last year, so there will be added spice to the two legs, with not just a finals place at stake, but nearly as important, bragging rights locally. We’ve got big occasion players in our ranks, and every game from here on in is a big one, so I’m looking to everyone on our bench to go out and show me that they deserve the faith that’s been placed in them, not just by me, but by our loyal fans who have been with us every step of the way this season, and who are looking forward to what could be a very busy end to the season.”

Sunday’s match at Braehead faces off at 6.00pm. Pirates now know their Scottish Cup Final opponents, Dundee Comets having beaten local rivals Dundee Tigers 12-4 on aggregate in their semi final over the weekend, and will now face the cup holders in the final on 22 April in Kirkcaldy.

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Gavin Newlands MP welcomes New Powers to Tackle Domestic Abuse

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North has welcomed the Scottish Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill which was introduced on Monday.

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The new bill will strengthen the laws against those who psychologically abuse their partners using coercive and controlling behaviour. The Bill creates a new statutory offence of domestic abuse that recognises the damage and hurt that non-physical abuse can cause.

Last year, Mr Newlands submitted a consultation response to the Scottish Government, calling on them to introduce an offence which takes action on those on commit psychological abuse.

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

“Domestic abuse takes many different forms, including psychological and coercive abuse – both which can be just as damaging as physical abuse. I am proud that, as a society, we’ve come a long way from believing that domestic abuse is not only a physical act. The truth is that the psychological scars left by emotional abuse can have devastating effects on victims. I’m glad that the Scottish Government are working hard to make sure perpetrators face the justice they deserve.

“This bill will help our police and prosecutors hold abusers to account, but importantly, it also shows those who have suffered abuse that we stand with them and will take the steps needed to help them. This Bill will send a strong message to everyone who has suffered domestic abuse that the problem is taken seriously and I hope it will encourage more survivors to come forward.

“I know that legislation alone will not tackle the scourge of domestic abuse, which is why support services like the YWCA, alongside ASSIST, Scottish Women’s Aid and many other groups are so important in providing a vital lifeline for survivors.”

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The face of the next Paisley First Mural is revealed

The face of our next giant mural…and the winner is….

Seven year old Eva Rose Ross from Paisley has been announced as the face of the next Paisley First giant mural.

Renowned local artist Caroline Gormley will team up with artist Alexander Guy to complete the next mural in the Paisley First Wall Series.

Eva Rose was picked following the town’s Buddie competition, asking young people under 18 in Paisley to send in photographs in their best Buddie pose, as previously sketched by Caroline.

The youngster will be commemorated on the next giant mural on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

Caroline said:” I thought Eva Rose’s photograph was great. It was very natural…and I liked her attitude. She just seemed so carefree and happy.”

“This will be a great piece of public art. It’s really for the community.”

“It’s not just a nice picture. It will show how children are the future of Paisley and how younger generations will uphold the town’s heritage in the future.”

Eva Rose, who attends St Fergus Primary School, said: “I love Paisley and I am always telling everyone how great the town is.”

“I loved the Lions last year and now I can’t believe that I have won the competition to be on the wall.”

Proud mum Lee-Ann, who runs Uptown Barbers in the town’s High Street, said:” We are thrilled that Eva Rose has been chosen to be the face of the next mural. We are so happy for her.”

“She is a proud Paisley Buddie and always loves getting involved in anything going on in the town.”

Work is due to get underway on the wall at Storie Street today, Monday 20th March, with the project expected to take around two weeks to complete.

Paisley First’s Melanie Hughes who is leading the art murals project said:” We’ve had some fabulous entries from young people across Renfrewshire.  It’s great to see the community getting behind our murals and local children taking an interest in the town. There will be more community involvement in the future.”

left to right – Christopher Ross, Lee-Ann Redmond, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, Buddie Competition Winner Eva Rose Ross, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Caroline Gormley

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson added: “The murals are proving popular with visitors and Buddies alike and have become a real talking point.”

“Projects like this are a great way to get people involved in the regeneration of Paisley, improve the town’s image and get families back into the town centre.”

  • The first mural is situated at Johnston Street and depicts a kingfisher perched next to thread woven in between the branches, while the distinctive Coats Memorial Church appears in the background. This was completed by local artist Mark Worst with assistance from Ross Dinnett.
  • The Paisley First Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organisation comprised of over 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre. Businesses within a defined area work together and invest collectively in priority issues they themselves have identified and agreed upon.
  • There is a range of issues that BIDs across the world seek to address; from reducing business costs, making town centres safer and cleaner to introducing proactive marketing and promotional campaigns allied to events, creating new platforms for economic growth
  • There are 30 BIDs in existence in Scotland at present and many being developed across a range of sectors

 

 

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CONSULTATION ON RENFREWSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN HOUSING LAND SUPPLY SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE 2017 (UPDATE)

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Renfrewshire Council has updated the Renfrewshire Local Development Plan Housing Land Supply Supplementary Guidance. The Supplementary Guidance includes a detailed framework to guide the release of additional housing land where a 5-year supply of effective housing land is not being maintained.

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The Supplementary Guidance has been updated to reflect the current housing land shortfall. There is no change to the detailed framework, criteria and considerations in the Supplementary Guidance.

The Housing Land Supply Supplementary Guidance has been published for consultation over a 6 week period commencing on 20th March 2017 and ending on 2nd May 2017.

Copies of the Housing Land Supply Supplementary Guidance Update 2017 are available to view at the Customer Service Centre, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1JD between the hours of 8:45am and 4:45pm, Monday to Thursday and  8:45am and 3:55pm on a Friday , at all Council libraries and is published on the Council’s web site at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk from 20 March 2017.

Any person who wishes to make representations to the Council should return a completed response form to localplanconsultation@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The closing date for representations is 5.00pm, on the 2 May 2017.

If you need further information please contact the Planning Service on 0300 3000 144.