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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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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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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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The Dirty Strangers live interview ahead of Bungalow gig

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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.”

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Paisley to celebrate trio of food and drink events

Paisley is getting set for a food and drink extravaganza next month – with three great events taking place over the same week.

(left to right) – David Cassidy (Renfrewshire CAMRA), Tony Fitzpatrick (St Mirren), Linsey Reith (Three Sisters Bake), Rachna Dheer, (Babu Bombay Street Kitchen), Jason Smith (The Bankhouse Bar) and Hollie Stark (Kilty Kilty’s)

The 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival – Scotland’s largest – will return for another year to Paisley Town Hall from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 April.

On the Saturday the Paisley Food Festival brings a one-day culinary carnival of street food from across the globe plus free family entertainment to Abbey Close.

And Paisley Restaurant Week, being delivered by local business improvement district Paisley First, runs from Saturday 15 to 23 April, with discounts and deals at eateries throughout the town centre.

The events are taking place one week before Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged with the UK Government.

The beer festival is organised by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, who are marking the event’s 30th anniversary by celebrating St Mirren’s 1987 Scottish Cup win – which took place on the same day as the first festival – on their logo and pint glasses.

To promote the event, beer festival organisers were joined by St Mirren chief executive and 1987 cup-winner Tony Fitzpatrick, plus some of the vendors from the food festival, and local businesses taking part in Paisley Restaurant Week.

David Cassidy of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “When we first started we had no idea we would still be going 30 years on – back then we just had 30 beers and one hall.

“Now we are the biggest real ale festival in Scotland with more than 250 beers over three bars, plus a cider bar and foreign beer bar.

“A few of us are St Mirren fans and it was an easy decision to celebrate the link with the 1987 team in this year’s festival. We also want to thank our sponsors, the Bungalow Bar and Callum’s Cavern.”

The food festival is run by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place for the third time, as part of the area’s major events programme, which aims to attract visitors to the town centre and showcase it as a vibrant destination, alongside the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

It will run from noon to 7pm and will include a wide range of food vendors, from global cuisine to the best of the Scottish larder, with smaller-sized portions at reduced prices for children, and all dietary options catered for. There will also be live music, children’s entertainment, cookery demos and workshops and more – all free.

Rachna Dheer of Babu Bombay Street Kitchen said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Paisley Food Festival – we’ve done a lot of these events and they are a great way for people to try lots of new things.”

Paisley Restaurant Week is running for a second year and will be backed by more than 20 businesses in the town centre.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First manager, said: “Paisley town centre has a wide range of fantastic restaurants and cafes to suit every taste and budget, and during restaurant week these businesses are putting on some amazing deals which can be found on our website, so don’t miss out on Paisley culinary delights and visit Paisley”.

You can find more information on Paisley Food Festival at www.paisley2021.co.uk, on the beer festival at www.paisleybeerfestival.co.uk and on the restaurant week at www.paisleyfirst.com

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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.

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A chance to remember those lost

Two memorial benches are providing a place of remembrance for those lost to suicide in Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with SOBS supporters at the memorial bench in Johnstone

Local residents Kate Sharkey and Stephen Torrance have ensured that those who have lost a loved one to suicide will have a place to remember them in both Johnstone and Elderslie.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall attended a service at Johnstone Town Hall to mark the one year anniversary of the bench being unveiled in the town’s Ludovic Square.

Kate devoted herself to ensuring Johnstone had a permanent place for people to remember their loved ones after the loss of her son Sean.

Kate Sharkey speaking at the memorial event

Kate said: “I was determined to give those who have been affected by suicide in the area a place to visit where they can reflect on their loss.

“Losing a loved one is something that you won’t truly ever get over but you learn to live with it and having the bench as a place to remember Sean is a comfort in the times it is needed.”

Elderslie now has a similar place of remembrance after a memorial bench was erected directly across from Elderslie Golf Club.

After the loss of his brother Vinny, Stephen Torrance was determined that he would be remembered and, as well as the creation of the bench, the Vinny Torrance Invitational will take place once again this year.

Stephen Torrance on bench dedicated to his brother Vinny

Stephen said: “We will have over 100 men taking part in the golf tournament this year and it is fantastic to have Vinny remembered in this way.

“It is important that men feel able to discuss the issue of suicide and by putting it out into the open through this fun tournament, hopefully we can encourage anyone dealing with mental health issues to seek the support they need.

“My thanks go to Elderslie Golf Club for their support as well as to the local companies who have helped to sponsor the fundraising event, which raises money and awareness for Renfrewshire’s Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group.”

Three in every four suicides in Scotland are completed by men and it is important that communication channels are open for those at risk.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who attended the service, said: “Suicide is an issue that has affected many people throughout Renfrewshire and it is important that we provide the appropriate support to those who need it.

“The memorial benches give the Johnstone and Elderslie communities the opportunity to remember those lost and I congratulate Kate, Stephen and the SOBS group for the work they have put in to achieve this.”

Renfrewshire SOBS support group provides an outlet for those who need support. The group aims to overcome the stigma that surrounds suicide and encourages people to talk to others facing a similar situation.

For more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, call 0141 849 2200, or email elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Record turnout elects Renfrewshire’s next MSYPs

Renfrewshire saw the second highest turnout in Scotland as thousands of young people voted in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections- electing five new MSYPs for Renfrewshire.

(L-R) The five elected MSYPs Stirling McGee, Maria Alam, Niamh Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive, and Returning Officer, Sandra Black with 11 of the 13 candidates.

Over 7000 votes were cast online and in polling stations at every secondary school, the University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland and Renfrewshire House- the highest ever turnout in Renfrewshire and an increase of over 500 votes from 2015.

Renfrewshire’s Youth Services team- which aims to improve outcomes for young people in Renfrewshire- worked to engage young people and provide them with the information and opportunity to cast their vote in the election.

Thirteen candidates stood across three constituencies- with two being returned for the Paisley constituency, two for Renfrewshire North and West and one for Renfrewshire South.

The successful candidates elected for Renfrewshire are:

Paisley

Niamh Mclaughlin and Ross Boyd

Renfrewshire North West

Josh Kennedy and Maria Alam

Renfrewshire South

Stirling McGee

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) will serve a two year term in which they will attend three sittings designed to give young people a voice on a national level.

Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Sandra Black, said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people exercising their democratic right to vote and our Youth Services team deserve great credit in engaging our young people in the process.

“I offer my congratulations to our newly-elected MSYPs who will provide the voice of Renfrewshire’s young people for the next two years to a national audience.

“The Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity for budding politicians to get a taste of the political environment and what it takes to have the voices of their constituents heard.

“I’m sure they will be extremely successful and hopefully this will spark their interest in a future career in the field.”

Further information on the Scottish Youth Parliament can be found via www.syp.org.uk.