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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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Good sports raise hospice charity cash

SPORTS centre staff and customers have raised more than £6000 for two hospices in Renfrewshire.

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD, left and Carol-Anne Lamont from St Vincent’s Hospice, right, with fitness instructor, Lesley Cochrane and members of her Body Attack class who helped raise the charity cash.


The annual Renfrewshire Leisure Charity Fundraising Week saw £6320 split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

The money was raised through various sponsored events at pools and sports centres throughout Renfrewshire including a Swimathon, raffle, tombola, bakery sale and fundraising where fitness fans sponsored their instructor, Lesley Cochrane not to speak for an entire class session.

Representatives of the two local hospices visited the ON-X, in Linwood to be presented with their cheques.
Carol-Anne Lamont, from St Vincent’s said: “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to thank members and staff for their efforts in raising this superb amount of money towards hospice care in Renfrewshire.

“It costs almost £6,000 per day to run our hospice and community services –more than half of which comes from donations and fundraising.  Our services are available to all, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our local communities.”

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD added: “The staff and members of Renfrewshire Leisure have supported ACCORD for many years through their sponsored events programme and it’s absolutely wonderful that they continue to think of us and to raise so much money amount through a varied programme of activities.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent week of activities for all of their support which goes to ensure that our patients receive the care they deserve.”

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:
“I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who embraced the spirit of our fundraising and who put so much effort into raising the money.”

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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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Contact the Elderly appeal for volunteers in Renfrewshire

WARDING OFF LONELINESS IN RENFREWSHIRE – ONE CUP OF TEA AT A TIME

A charity which has four groups in Renfrewshire is appealing for older people who live alone in the region to join its free monthly afternoon tea parties.

Contact the Elderly offers a lifeline of friendship to more than 30 guests in the area. It hopes to encourage more older people to enjoy the healing properties of a good cup of tea, a slice of cake and a nice chat with other guests and the charity’s volunteers.

Guests are collected by a volunteer driver and accompanied by them to a volunteer host’s home in their local area on Sunday afternoon a month.

Caroline McGinlay, Support Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:

“Our groups in Renfrewshire are incredibly popular and everyone has a lovely time. We know there are more people out there who would benefit from a nice afternoon and want to encourage people to pick up the phone if they, or someone they know, would enjoy a bit of baking and a blether.

“We understand it may seem daunting to pick up the phone and put yourself out there but our guests tell us every week how glad they are that they did just that and have formed lasting friendships in their groups.

“Additionally, if you know an older person who you think would enjoy this then we would encourage you to find out a little more and chat to them about it.

“Loneliness in older age is becoming ever more common and we are warding that off – one cup of tea at a time.”

To find out more about becoming a guest of Contact the Elderly in Renfrewshire, please contact Caroline on 0141 812 1555 or caroline.mcginlay@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

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Mum’s the word for TV host Jennifer

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

Jennifer Reoch and her mum, Karen, at intu Braehead getting ready for their Ladies Day Out.
Picture – Nick Ponty
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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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The Dirty Strangers live interview ahead of Bungalow gig

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Events in the Hoose

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

paisley pirates

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.

paisley pirates

“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

Gavin Newlands MP

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

Gavin Newlands MP
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.”