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Fast-track Council squad cleaning up for civic pride

Meet Renfrewshire’s Rapid Response Team – the Council’s mobile patrol squad aiming to boost civic pride in Renfrewshire’s key streets and open spaces.

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The three-strong team of Community Safety Wardens provides a fast-track service for preventing build-up of unsightly rubbish and street clutter in key hotspots through:

·         daily street patrols on week days

·         on-the-spot removal of offending items where possible

·         offering advice and information to traders and residents on waste disposal

The aim is to supplements the routine street cleaning and waste disposal work done by the Council’s army of hard-working waste workers.

Team members – who also have powers to track down and prosecute rubbish-dumping rogues – target the types of waste which cause most everyday nuisance, offence and slip or traffic safety risks from:

–          stray trade and commercial waste
–           uncollected household bin bags
–           illegal flyposting
–           fly-tipping of food, construction materials and households goods
–           unsightly street litter and overflowing litter bins.

Team Leader and Community Safety Warden Liz Borland came up with the idea of setting up a small team of Community Safety Wardens who could carry out their monitoring and enforcement duties while doing on-the-spot removal of small items themselves.

And that also means a faster response to complaints about nuisance dumping, littering and flyposting.

The trio can give local businesses helpful guidance on strict and sometimes tricky-to-get-a-grip of nationwide laws governing how every single business must get rid of their rubbish and waste.

With at least five private companies and the Council removing waste from businesses in Paisley town centre alone, one of the key areas of the Team’s disposal work is monitor the right bags are out on the “right” days.

Helping residents in high-density town centre tenements learn how to manage their household waste disposal – such as bin collection dates – is another task which the Team may be called on to do.

Jennifer McKay, owner of Malatso bistro in Paisley’s High Street, said: “Having the Rapid Response Team is fantastic.

“You can see it’s really making a difference in the streets and they’re so helpful in going above and beyond in doing things to make the town centre look better.”

Business leaders are also supportive of the initiative.

Andrew Mitchell, Manager of Paisley First, said:

“The Rapid Response Team provides a valuable and worthwhile service for businesses and visitors in Paisley town centre which helps to keep our streets clean and free from litter. 

“We have reported litter and graffiti issues to the Team and, as their name suggests, the issues are dealt with quickly.  If you see any issues, then please do not hesitate to contact the Council.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said:

”The Rapid Response Team is an excellent example of the Council’s determination to encourage greater pride in the streets and public places used by businesses, residents and visitors.

“It support the work of other Council resources which focus on handling the large volumes of waste generated in modern day life.

“This initiative shows the power of personal contact at local level to advise and inform businesses and residents alike of how best to keep Renfrewshire a place we can all enjoy and take pride in.”

See  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 300 0380 if you want 

–           more information about safe disposal of trade or household waste

–           to tell the Council about fly-tipping, street litter, fly-poster, graffiti

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Come and join squash club champs

There might be championship-winning squash club at the ON-X Sports Centre in Linwood – but there’s plenty room for even more members.


From left – back row, Alan Wright, Ian Armstrong, Craig Wright and Brian Wright. Front row, Graeme Bamford, Russell Forsyth, Blair MIchie, Paul Robson and David Armstrong.

The ON-X Squash Club has had a hugely successful inaugural season with their first team romping home to win Division 5 of the West of Scotland League by 57 points and being promoted. The second team came third in Division 6 and won promotion to Division 5. The club – sponsored by Commercial and Asset Finance Ltd – plays at the ON-X on a Wednesday night and a Saturday morning.

Club captain Blair Michie said: “We’ve had a fantastic first season and we’re aiming to repeat our success next season. “At the moment, we have fourteen members and running two teams. We’re looking for new members to join us and if we get enough new players we’ll get a third team going as well”.
“Playing squash is great fun and obviously, it’s a great work out and excellent for developing your fitness.
“It doesn’t matter what standard a squash player you are we’d welcome you along to the club and we can organise coaching sessions for people who haven’t played much squash or even never played before.”

Anyone who wants to join the ON-X Squash club should contact Blair through the sports centre on 0141 300 300 0250

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Paisley Pirates – Update

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Paisley Pirates go into their Scottish National League match at North Ayr this Saturday (face off 6.30) boosted by their season’s best 14-1 win over Kilmarnock Storm, but with their coach in very cautious mood about their forthcoming trip to the seaside in Ardrossan.

“Yes, it’s a totally different proposition we’re facing this weekend, with all due respect to the boys at Kilmarnock,” commented coach Ian Turley.” North Ayr are probably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, they’ve been a totally different side since some of their more established players returned to them earlier in the season, and I reckon they will fancy their chances of beating us. Our home record remains at 100% after we took care of business against the Storm, but away from home we’ve struggled a bit and that’s a concern.”

“I think that the Wild start favourites for this game, and that’s not doing our players any disservice, it’s just that the hosts are playing very well at the moment, and just like we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone at the Braehead Arena just now, equally, they’ll be rating their chances of turning us over at the Auchenharvie Leisure Centre on Saturday night.”

“The league is very open this year and with Dundee Tigers turning over Edinburgh Capitals in Edinburgh on Sunday the title race is wide open with maybe five or six teams, the Wild and ourselves included, looking to be top of the pile at the end of it all. The North Ayrshire blokes have a couple of guys in their side who used to wear a Pirates’ top and, equally, we’ve got a few players who used to ice for the Wild, so there’s always a wee bit extra spice in the matches against each other. I know the North Ayr boys always enjoy a win against us, and we’ll be no less keen to win at the weekend, but we need to find the kind of form away from Braehead that has been missing so far this season.”

“It makes for an interesting and, I hope, very entertaining game at the weekend, and I’m hoping that our very vociferous fans will make the relatively short journey to Auchenharvie to cheer us on, in games like these, every single bit of support might be enough to tip the balance, so the more fans in the red, white and black we can hear cheering us on Saturday, the better I’ll like it!”


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Tickets are now on sale for St Mirren v Queen of the South on 5th December

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Tickets are now on sale for St Mirren v Queen of the South on 5th December and St Mirren V Livingston on 26th December, both are 3pm kick –offs.

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Tickets can be purchased from either the  St Mirren Ticket Office or the Online Ticket Shop.

For the Queen of the South game we are offering a £2 match ticket to any student currently attending University of West of Scotland or West College Scotland. That is an 80% saving on normal student match day prices!

If you are a student and want to come and experience the match day atmosphere at St Mirren Football Club, Paisley 2021 Stadium completely for just £2, all you need to do is send an e-mail to tickets@saintmirren.net, with a picture of your valid matriculation card, and we will arrange for a ticket – for the South Stand – to be available for you to collect and pay £2 for at the ground on match day. Alternatively pop into the St Mirren Ticket Office and show your ID.

E-mails need to be received at the above e-mail address by no later than 2:00pm on Friday, 4th December 2015.

The £2 tickets are only available to those who e-mail or buy in advance and there will be no discounted tickets or discounted entry given to students who turn up on the day and have not e-mailed in advance. Tickets pre-booked can be collected and paid for from the Ticket Uplift Window in the Main Stand.


Dumbarton v St Mirren, Saturday 12th December 2015, 3pm kick off at Dumbarton Football Stadium
This match will be pay-at-the-gate, with prices as follows:

Adult – £18

OAP* – £9
Student* – £9
Under-16* – £9
Parent & Child** – £24
Disabled fan & Carer – £9 (admission is via front door)

* – proof of status is required.

** – Parent and child ticket must be bought from season ticket door before entering

Alloa Athletic V St Mirren, Saturday 19th December 2015, 3pm kick off at Indodrill Stadium, Alloa

This match will be pay-at-the-gate, with prices as follows:

Adult – £16
Over 65 – £8
Under-16 – £8


Just in time for Christmas – Half Season Tickets are now on sale from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.

The Half Season Ticket will once again be outstanding value for money as it will cover you for the final nine home league games of the season starting with the Boxing Day match against Livingston.

Full details can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=50007


If you are finding it hard to get that special gift for the St Mirren fan in your life why not buy them the St Mirren FC Official Calendar for 2016, and to make it that little bit more special bring them along to meet the players and get the Calendar signed!

On Tuesday 8th December, there will be a ‘Calendar Signing Night’ at the Hospitality Suite in the stadium from 6:00pm to 7:00pm which will also be attended by St Mirren Legend, Tony Fitzpatrick.

So get yourself along to the stadium on 8th December for a wee early Christmas treat between 6:00pm and 7:00pm to meet the players and Tony and to get that all important special Christmas gift signed.

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Paisley Pirates’ 6-4 win over Aberdeen Lynx

Pirates maintained their 100% home record as they eventually saw off an Aberdeen side which refused to lie down.

The home side did all the early pressing and after an early McCamley shot came off the bar they were ahead in the 7th minute as Blair back handed a flick beyond Chalmers to give his team a lead which they never lost. In the 10th minute, a challenge by McCamley on the visiting netminder appeared to give offence to Lynx’ Carnegie, and the resultant 14 minutes in penalties to each player appeared to upset the visitors more than Pirates, as the latter were two ahead within seconds, with Blair nabbing his second to give them some breathing space. Aberdeen were beginning to find their feet a little, with Meechan making several fine stops to keep them at bay, but after sixteen minutes Thorp took the Pirates’ lead to three by the interval with a slapshot which fairly ripped into the net. Blair could, and probably should, have completed a first period hat trick, but after good lead up play which left him with an open goal, he managed to send the puck past the post when it appeared easier to score.

Lynx needed an early strike to get back in the game and Carnegie provided the lifeline in the 22nd minute, but it only took Pirates seconds to restore the three goal advantage as Thorp fired another effort from distance which again beat Chalmers for 4-1. The home side appeared to have played off a succession of penalties without damage around the half way point, but just as Chris Turley returned to the ice, Lynx were in the hunt once more as Malcolm got on the scoresheet to make it a two goal game going into the final session.

The visitors were for a second time hunting for a marker to reduce the deficit as the final session started, but once again Man of the Match Thorp was on the mark, completing his hat trick, with only two minutes of the period gone, and while Carnegie grabbed his second to pull the scoreline back to 5-3 within another two minutes, Pirates always appeared to have enough in hand, and when Wilson tipped in a passing movement involving Orr and Miller with 9 minutes left, Lynx had too much to do in the time remaining, although they did find the net again through Leyden with under 4 minutes left, Pirates safely saw out the clock for another tight win, their 4th in 4 home matches.

Pirates now face a 3 week series of tough road trips, the first of these being to Kirkcaldy this coming Sunday (22 Nov) for their Scottish Cup Quarter Final tie against the Kestrels. Supporters are asked to note that the quarter final is NOT over two legs and will be decided on the night.


Scorers:     Thorp (3+0), Blair (2+0), Wilson (1+0), Campbell (0+2), Cowan, McMillan,   Crawford, Guy, Orr & Miller (all 0+1)


Penalties:        McCamley 14, Miller, Guy, Orr & Turley (all 2)


Man of the Match: RICHARD THORP


Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

       Picture: Man of the Match – Richard Thorp (Taken by Al Goold Photography)

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St Mirren Congratulated by Deputy First Minister

St Mirren Congratulated by Deputy First Minister

Yesterday in parliament St Mirren Football Club were congratulated on their winning of the Scottish Communities League Cup.  In a question raised at Holyrood, Paisley’s MSP questioned Nicola Sturgeon about the benefits of football teams that take pride in being part of their local community and give something back.  St Mirren have been long involved in community projects around Paisley and Renfrewshire, including Street Stuff where young people are encouraged to take part in sport and has seen a dramatic drop in levels of disruptive behaviour.

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Speaking on the Deputy First Ministers words, George said:

‘I was extremely pleased that Nicola offered her congratulations to St Mirren on winning the League Cup.  In fact it is particularly fitting that the cup has been branded the ‘Communities League Cup’ through sponsorship from the Scottish Government.  We all know that St Mirren are one of the best, if not the best football clubs in Scotland that integrates completely with their town.  They are always willing to help local groups and individuals out and take part in projects that benefit our community.

‘There is a serious sponsorship value associated with the government’s sponsorship of the cup to develop more programmes with clubs from around Scotland.  They will do well to have a look at our great team to get an idea of how a club can be a seamless part of the community – ‘One Town, One Team’.

Speaking from Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:

‘I take this opportunity, as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final.

‘Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

‘I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action’.


Extract from The Scottish Parliament Official Report

 Scottish Communities League Cup (Values)

5. George Adam (Paisley) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government how successful this year’s Scottish communities league cup has been at promoting its values of respect, responsibility and tolerance. (S4O-01959)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon): It has been a great success. Our sponsorship of the Scottish communities league cup is a commitment to build on what is good about the game, taking the passion from the grass roots and communities and providing a positive message to the rest of football and indeed society. We have been working in partnership with the Scottish Football League, the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Football Association and clubs to engage with communities and educate young people to understand the three pillars of the cup: respect, responsibility and tolerance.

George Adam: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, the famous Paisley St Mirren recently won the Scottish communities league cup. Will the cabinet secretary agree with me that, on the day of the final, St Mirren and Hearts fans indeed promoted the values of the tournament? Will she note the amount of community involvement that St Mirren has sustained for so many years, including in the run-up to and after the final? In Paisley, we are lucky to have such a great community-based club. Does the minister agree that sports clubs such as St Mirren, engaging with their local communities in that way, can only be positive for those communities?

The Presiding Officer (Tricia Marwick): Mr Adam, you could not help yourself.

Nicola Sturgeon: As someone who supports another team that plays in black and white, I am sure that George Adam’s shirt and tie combination today is completely coincidental. I take this opportunity, however—as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final. 18321 27 MARCH 2013 18322

I agree on the rest of George Adam’s question. Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action.


Text taken from http://www.paisleysmsp.org/st-mirren-congratulated-by-deputy-first-minister/

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SPL Awards Show Scheme Has Right Stuff

Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff scheme has been honoured at Scotland’s most prestigious footballing awards ceremony – for the second year in a row.

The Street Stuff team picked up the trophy for Best Community Initiative for their Kick and Collect programme at the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards 2012.

Street Stuff is a youth diversionary scheme run by partners including St Mirren and Renfrewshire Council which has helped reduce youth crime by offering activities such as street football.

This week’s success means the programme has now won 11 different awards since it kicked off in 2009 – meaning it now has its own football team worth of honours.

Kick and Collect is a programme run by Street Stuff which sees youngsters given tickets for days out as a reward for taking part in voluntary work in the community.

Over the past year, young people have taken part in work around Renfrewshire such as litter-pick-ups, as part of the council’s Clean Renfrewshire campaign, plus painting and graffiti cleaning.

In return, they have earned prizes including St Mirren tickets and fun days out at places such as paintball and Xscape at Braehead.

Street Stuff was named the Best Community Initiative award at last year’s SPL awards for its work in reducing youth-related anti-social behaviour in the area.

The glittering black-tie ceremony at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Tuesday saw Street Stuff representatives rub shoulders with the stars of Scottish football.

And the evening marked a double celebration for St Mirren, who also lifted the Clydesdale Bank Family Champions Award for the quality of matchday experience offered to families at St Mirren Park.

St Mirren general manager Brian Caldwell said: “Winning this award is well-deserved recognition for our community coaches and partners as a lot of time and hard work goes into this.

“With Kick and Collect, we are helping youngsters to have more pride in themselves and their community, which is a win-win situation for everybody.”

Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, and chair of the Street Stuff Management Group, said: “It is fantastic the Kick and Collect programme has received this prestigious national award.

“Renfrewshire is leading the way in this type of youth engagement, and many other local authority areas have approached the team to find out why we have been so successful.

“The joint working of the partners and the high-quality delivery of the Street Stuff coaching staff have been key to that success.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren, Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s, and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates. The Street Stuff timetable for the next two months can be viewed at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Kids Show Olympic Spirit At Sports Event

Sporty kids from throughout Renfrewshire had a gold run when they took part in an Olympic-themed event.
The youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project took to the field at St Mirren Park for a free multi-sports event themed around the upcoming summer Games in London.
Around 150 young people took part in sports including football, hockey, rugby, short tennis and archery, as well as running, throwing and jumping events.
And many of them were able to pick up some podium pride on the day, with medals dished out to the best performers.
Street Stuff co-ordinator Stephen Gallagher said: “We had run the event before as a football-only thing, but decided to go with an Olympic theme this year. The day was really successful and the kids really enjoyed trying different sports.
“The fact they got the chance to run out on to the pitch at St Mirren Park was a real thrill for them, as they have been down there to see St Mirren play, but have never been on the first-team park before.
“They told us they cannot wait for next year’s event!”
Street Stuff is a programme of diversionary activities for young people, which has helped reduce youth disorder across Renfrewshire.
It is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s, and Reid Kerr College.
Activities on offer include football with coaching from St Mirren, and The Box – a multi-functional activity unit with dance mats and DJ workshops. The timetable for the next two months is atwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk
The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.
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Paisley Piranhas Make A Splash At The Regional Championships


Six swimmers from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club made a huge splash on Saturday (25 February) at the Regional Championships for the West of Scotland Federation of Swimming Clubs for People with a Disability.

The event, run by Scottish Disability Sport, saw the team win eight gold medals and two silver medals.

Rory Wilson, 15, from Elderslie, and Toni Napolitano, 18, from Bridge of Weir, were representing Renfrewshire and the Paisley Piranhas for the first time. Both achieved gold medals in their 25 metre freestyle events.

Jennifer Costello, 14, from Renfrew, and Ryan McLelland, 14, from Paisley, who were also competing for the first time, achieved an amazing three gold medals and one silver medal.

Ryan achieved gold in his 25 metre back crawl event and silver for the 25 metre freestyle. Jennifer achieved two golds; one for her 25 metre back crawl and the other for 50 metre freestyle.

Matthew Knowles achieved gold in 50 metre freestyle and silver in his 25 metre back crawl.

Graeme McNeil, 19, from Houston competed in the 50 metre freestyle and 25 metre back crawl events and achieved gold in both.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for these young athletes and for Renfrewshire. It’s great that the swimming club offers young people with disabilities these training and competition opportunities.”

The swimming club, run by Renfrewshire Council Active Schools, currently has 15 swimmers. Senior pupils from Johnstone High and Paisley Grammar who are working towards their swimming teacher training qualifications – help the club’s swimming coaches.

The club provides and caters for those with learning and physical disabilities from children into adulthood.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.


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Car Boot Sale tomorrow

The Paisley.org.uk team will be down at the St. Mirin Catherdral Car Boot Sale which is taking place tomorrow (19th November) from 9am till 12 noon

We have booked a car park space and will be selling various items including books, bric-a-brac, Pictures, CD’s and more, All proceeds will go to paisley.org.uk to help us promote the town in a positive way.

Come along and grab yourself a bargain !

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