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Young Scot Awards tour rolls into Paisley

The Young Scot Awards bus visited Paisley Abbey today to urge locals to nominate their young heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards and to support Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley locals were out in force to cast their nominations and were entertained by a dance troop featuring HNC Dance students from West College Scotland.

The bus tour, sponsored by Scottish CityLink, continues its journey around Scotland for the fifth year running to encourage people across the country to nominate their local heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2017.

Now in its twelfth year, the Awards celebrate the contributions and work of young people age 11 – 26 across 12 categories including health, community, the arts and diversity. From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the 12 categories. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 April 2017.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “We’ve already received hundreds of inspirational nominations and I know there are hundreds more out there. It’s fantastic to have support from Paisley to celebrate the inspirational achievements of young people.  We want everyone across Scotland to get nominating so we can give young scots the praise they deserve!”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “It was great to see Young Scot bring their bus to Paisley Abbey – the organisation are already on board as supporters of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and their support is much appreciated.

“The Awards help celebrate inspiring achievements and I would encourage everybody in Renfrewshire to check out the Young Scot Award categories and consider who could be nominated – we know Renfrewshire’s young people have some fascinating stories to tell and it would be great to see some local winners”.

Young Scot is urging people to nominate at youngscotawards.com before the voting closes on 27 February 2017.

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S3 pupils asked to help shape Paisley 2021 bid


School pupils from across Renfrewshire were asked to help shape Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions by submitting their own ideas for the bid.


The Higher Expectations Event hosted by the University of the West of Scotland saw 120 S3 pupils split into five-person teams and asked to discuss what ‘culture’ means to them.

They were also challenged to produce an idea to be included in the Paisley 2021 bid programme and which involves local pupils.

Five prizes of £250 were awarded to the teams from Trinity High, Paisley Grammar, Castlehead, St Andrew’s Academy and Park Mains.

The Park Mains team of Kyle Burns, Callum Munro, Elise Roxburgh, Maya Little and Hannah Stirling were declared the overall winners for their idea to help brighten up Paisley High Street by placing a series of murals on shopfronts.

Each of the five sponsors provided a judge for the panel – Steven Thomson (Paisley 2021 bid team), Bob Grant (Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce), Bob Davidson (Developing the Young Workforce West), Gordon Hunt (UWS) and Vicky Gemmell (Skills Development Scotland).

Renfrewshire Council’s education convener, Councillor Jacqueline Henry, said: “We were delighted to work with UWS and other local organisations for this event.

“The Paisley 2021 bid ultimately aims to create a better future for Renfrewshire and the young people of the area are the ones who that will impact on most – so it is only right they be asked what they want to see from Paisley’s bid.

“One of the key things we want to put across is that culture is for everybody, and we want our young people to know the benefits it brings are theirs to enjoy if they want them.”

This event was part of a wider initiative run by UWS to engage S3 pupils who show academic potential to help them maximise their talent and consider higher education as an option later in life.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “As proud and proactive supporters of the Paisley 2021 bid, we were delighted to run another event on our Paisley campus to promote the town for the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

“The University regularly works with schools to help raise aspirations and awareness of future possibilities.

“We are actively involved in the Children’s University and recently launched our Wee University which provides the opportunity for early years staff and students to work with local nursery aged children.”

More information on the 2021 bid can be found at paisley2021.co.uk and on the university at uws.ac.uk

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Renfrewshire households protected from cuts as Councillors vote to freeze council taxes and rents for coming year

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SNP Announce Candidates for Council Election

Gender Balanced Team Revealed

The SNP have today announced their Renfrewshire candidates for the up-coming local authority elections in May.

The team of 12 men and 12 women will be attempting to take control of Renfrewshire Council from the current Labour Administration.

SNP Group leader Cllr Kenny MacLaren said:

“We’ve got a strong team in place, a good mix of experience and new candidates to bring fresh ideas for the SNP taking control of Renfrewshire Council.

May 4th can be a fresh start for Renfrewshire, a new SNP administration will take Renfrewshire forward, working with the SNP Scottish Government to protect all Renfrewshire residents from Tory cuts.

“Labour has failed Renfrewshire, they’ve wasted money on closing and then re-opening civic amenity sites, while at the same time our recycling rates plummet.  They’ve wasted money on new LED streetlights which have brought a new dark age to Renfrewshire.  They have run out of ideas and have slashed core services like decent roads and a clean environment.  Renfrewshire can’t afford another Labour administration, only the SNP can deliver on the services that the people of Renfrewshire demand.”

SNP Party Chair and Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay added:

“Last year the SNP took action to address the inequality of women being under represented in politics. The mechanisms we introduced helped ensure more women came forward for selection.

“This has seen us end up with a gender balanced field of candidates here in Renfrewshire. This 50/50 split will rival any group of candidates, from any party, anywhere in Scotland. This is something which will only benefit Renfrewshire long term.

“The council chambers should represent their communities, and women, underrepresented in the past, should see their representation enhanced by this gender balanced field of candidates.”

Candidates as follows:

Ward 1 Renfrew North & Braehead

John Shaw
Lisa-Marie Hughes

Ward 2 Renfrew South & Gallowhill

Cllr Jim Paterson
Cllr Cathy McEwan

Ward 3 Paisley Northeast & Ralston

John Clark
Jennifer Adam-McGregor

Ward 4 Paisley Northwest

Cllr Mags MacLaren
Cllr Kenny MacLaren

Ward 5 Paisley East & Central

Cllr Will Mylet
John McNaughtan

Ward 6 Paisley Southeast

Janette Swanson
Cllr Marie McGurk

Ward 7 Paisley Southwest

Brian McGuire
Cllr Lorraine Cameron
Stephen Burns

Ward 8 Johnstone South & Elderslie

Andy Steel
Jacqueline Cameron

Ward 9 Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch

Graeme Stockton
Emma Rodden

Ward 10 Houston, Crosslee & Linwood

Robert Innes
Cllr Audrey Doig

Ward 11 Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank

Natalie Don

Ward 12 Erskine & Inchinnan

Cllr Iain Nicolson
Michelle Campbell

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce cheque presentation

“Bob Grant, CEO Chamber of Commerce along with Tom Johnston, president of Chamber of Commerce came along to St Vincent’s Hospice today to donate £3,000 which has been raised at The Rocco Awards 2016 raffle.

cheque being presented by Bob Grant, CEO Chamber of Commerce along with Tom Johnston, president of Chamber of Commerce to Kate Lennon Chief Executive and Eunice Muir chairman of St Vincent’s hospice.

Each year, ROCCO support 2 Organisations which are based or operate in Renfrewshire. Eunice Muir, Chairman of St Vincent’s Hospice said “We would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for their continued support, we greatly appreciate all that they do for the Hospice.” Pictured presenting the cheque are Bob Grant and Tom Johnston from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Kate Lennon Chief Executive and Eunice Muir chairman of St Vincent’s hospice.”

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Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union Newsletter 2017

We are pleased to share with you our first newsletter of 2017, last year was very busy for us at RWCU we want to share with you some of the exciting things that we as a credit union are continuing to do for our members in Renfrewshire.

Interested in joining Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union?

With a wide range of products and services why would you not join? Whether you’re saving for a rainy day or looking to access ethical affordable loans then look no further than your local credit union.

Credit unions are not-for-profit organisations, with NO external shareholders, our members are shareholders.

Being not for profit means it’s about what’s best for YOU, not what makes the most money.

Join online today!

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0141 889 7442

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Community Action for Erskine’s call to arms – requests for donations of money or time to help clean Erskine’s paths and streets

A community group has asked the public for donations to raise money to clean up paths, streets and neighborhoods in Erskine.

Initially, volunteers from Community Action for Erskine pulled together to clear a car park, roads and to pick up litter. Feedback gained by talking to residents has revealed that there is so much more work that can be done.

Future projects that will be tackled include clearing overgrown paths that are covered with weeds and jaggy nettles.

Jacqui Reid, chair person of Community Action for Erskine said: “Community Action for Erskine has been carrying out clearance works throughout the town over the last few months. These have made a huge difference and become a talking point for residents.

“We’ve cleared the Car Park area at Kilpatrick Drive with a view to hosting Farmers Markets and Community Events for local residents here. This has highlighted the issue that lots of areas of the town need clearance work carried out. Residents have contacted us to ask if we could uncover the hidden paths in their part of town.”

Local businesses have donated equipment worth over £1500 so far to help with the work but the group feels it is time to do more and raise funds to buy or hire equipment to carry on this work.

Many people in the town believe that the work should be carried out by Renfrewshire Council and Jacqui agrees, she said “Yes, there’s no doubt about that, however, budgets are tight – resources are being removed at a frightening level.

“I would ask you, therefore, to consider this – do you want to live in an area where kids have to avoid nettles/overgrown bushes on their route to school and house prices are driven down by the town looking tired and shoddy? If the answer is no, then please consider donating even a few pounds to help our efforts.

“Our projects have also included Litter Picks – litter that has been dropped by careless individuals who have no civic pride – not some nameless person – our neighbours, children, and friends!  If finances are tight at home, then why not offer your time rather than your money.

“Consider this, if each resident donated £1 – we could raise over £15,000 and really start to see a difference.”

To make a donation you can do so by clicking on the link below:


To keep up-to-date with ‘Litter Pick Days’ you can find out more information by liking or following  ‘Community Action for Erskine’ on Facebook. (http://bit.ly/2ltFE1i)

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Strong start to the year for Glasgow Airport

Passenger numbers up 8.4% on 2016 

EU-scheduled traffic increased by 21.4%

Glasgow Airport is celebrating a record start to the year after welcoming 597,594 passengers through its doors in January, representing an annual increase of 8.4%.

International traffic grew by 16.1% due to strong demand on routes to Toronto, New York and Dubai, while EU-scheduled traffic was up 21.4% thanks to an increase in capacity on Ryanair and Jet2 winter sun services to the Canary Islands and city breaks to Paris, Reykjavik and Dusseldorf.

Domestic traffic grew by 2% compared to the same period last year thanks to increased uptake on routes provided by British Airways, easyJet and Flybe.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Last year was our busiest on record, so it’s pleasing to see this momentum has continued into 2017 with our best-ever January passenger numbers.

“January is traditionally a quieter period but we have experienced a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to some of the European city and winter sun destinations.

“Our focus for 2017 will remain on strengthening Scotland’s connectivity, however, this year will not be without its challenges and we can’t take our continued growth for granted.

“High levels of Air Passenger Duty put our airports at a severe disadvantage when it comes to attracting new routes and services. The Scottish Government’s proposed 50% reduction presents a real opportunity to address this and ensure Scotland’s airports remain competitive in the global market.”

This year Glasgow Airport will serve more destinations than at any other time in its history. March will see the launch of two new routes to Lisbon and Valencia, while Delta will introduce a new direct service to New York’s JFK airport in May. Further new routes to Bergen in Norway and the Croatian city of Zadar will also start this summer.


Traffic summary

January 2017

Terminal passengers


% change Total passengers for Feb-Jan 2017 % annual change
597,594 8.4% 9,409,449 7.2%


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After a long and successful summer last year which culminated in Johnstone Pipe Band becoming World Champions at Grade 2 & Grade 4B there was little rest for the band members.  After only a few weeks break the bands were back, hard at work, preparing for the 2017 season.

some of the 36 young Pipers who gained success in their exams.
Pictures by John Shaw

Part of this preparation sees the younger members of the bands being given the opportunity to sit SCQF practical and theory examinations in Bagpipes, this along with their normal weekly practice made for a very busy two or tree months in the run up to Christmas.

With the results out last week there were celebrations all round as 36 young members of the band achieved success in passing from beginners, some aged only 11, at SCQF Level 2 through to four pipers, aged from 13 to 16 who passed at SCQF Level 6 which is the equivalent of a Higher in Bagpipes.

Pipe Major Keith Bowes commented, “I am absolutely delighted to see so many young pipers achieve such great success.  Our band is a bit different in that it is not just about learning and competing, we want the band members to have something to show for their efforts as well and it is fantastic that so many have taken the opportunity and for some their first ever official qualification will be one in Bagpipes.”

Any youngsters looking to get involved in the learner section of the band should contact Alan on 07751 500520, the same number can also be used if you would like to discuss sponsoring the bands as they look forward to starting the new season in their new promoted grades of 1 and 4a.

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Councillors to consider ambitious plans to transform Ferguslie Park

Communities will have the chance to shape an ambitious regeneration programme for Ferguslie Park under plans to be considered by councillors next week.

Artist impressions of Ferguslie Park Regional Centre for Sport (NB – This is NOT a final design, but is merely an illustration of how a centre could look)

Members of the Renfrewshire Council Leadership Board will consider proposals for major investment in the area which are focussed around the development of a Regional Centre for Sport and delivery of high quality homes.

The proposals have been shaped by community consultation undertaken by the council in summer 2016, which indicated strong support for the sports facility and targeted housing investment.

Regional Sports Facility

The state-of-the-art sports facility would create a focus for local communities and generate opportunities for jobs, health improvement and activities for young people, as well as attracting visitors from across Renfrewshire.

It is expected to include a range of indoor and outdoor pitches for football, rugby and hockey as well as a specialist sports clinic, conditioning suite and associated changing facilities.

Initial proposals in relation to the sports facility, which is estimated to involve investment in the region of £14M, have been developed in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland and St Mirren FC.

Housing Investment

Proposals for housing investment relate to the Tannahill Road and Tannahill Crescent area of Ferguslie Park.

The proposals involve investing in existing stock, the demolition of low demand and vacant properties and developing a small number of new affordable homes.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Renfrewshire Council’s convener of housing, said:“The regeneration of Ferguslie Park is a priority for the council.

“We are determined that proposals are led by the local community and I’m very pleased that the plans to be considered by the Board reflect the outcomes of our community consultation in summer 2016.”

He continued: “Most residents told us they want to stay in the area, with many people speaking positively about good local facilities, a community spirit and closeness to their neighbours, family and friends.

“The proposals for housing investment have been developed to reflect these views and enable local residents to remain in the area.

“The sports proposals have also been developed to include additional facilities and improve transport links to the area to reflect the views expressed”.

The plans to be considered by councillors will enable further consultation with the local community, local sports groups and all potential partners and funders on the detail of the regional sports facility and housing investment plans.

Councillor Williams explained: “We believe that the proposals will give local people access to top class sporting facilities, high quality housing and have wider social and economic benefits.

“So far the local community have played a key role throughout the process and we are keen this continues.

“If the consultation is approved then I would urge everyone to share their views on the proposals, so that the final plans we ultimately take forward continue to reflect local people’s vision for their community.”

If plans are approved by councillors, consultation on the proposals is anticipated to start in early March.

The council has written to residents of the area to inform them that the report will be considered by the board on Wednesday 15 February.

Renfrewshire Council’s regeneration of Paisley is part of a drive to give it a sustainable and prosperous future, improving opportunities for local people and establishing it as a destination of choice for residents, businesses and visitors.

The Paisley 2021 bid to become UK City of Culture is already transforming people’s perceptions of the town, encouraging new arts events and activities, and making it a destination of choice for businesses and visitors alike.