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Santa comes to Dobbie’s Garden Centre Paisley (eventually)

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Our campaign, along with Maura Currie, (@mauracurrie & @paisleyorguk ) has been resolved by Dobbies and Santa will now appear in the Paisley store, here is the press release from the Dobbies Facebook page. This decision was taken after intense campaigning via Twitter and Facebook with the help of the Paisley Daily Express’s Alison Rennie. We spoke to Amanda from Dobbies Garden centre’s press team who confirmed that they have now reversed their decision for Santa to not visit the store, and he will now be appearing on the dates below.

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Press Release from Dobbies:

Thanks everyone for all your comments on Santa at Paisley. We value our customers’ opinions and as a result of your feedback we are delighted to announce that Santa will be coming to the Centre on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. This free festive family event will run across weekend, where children can meet the big man in red and receive a free gift – we hope this event will add some festive cheer for our loyal customers at Paisleyahead of the stores closure at the end of the year. https://www.facebook.com/DobbiesGC

 

 

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Community website backs positive ‘Paisley is…’ campaign

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Dec 17 2009 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express
IT’S only a few days old but already the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign has got the whole town talking.
Every Buddies favourite daily is leading the way in backing the bid to boost our town.
We helped launch the campaign and want to make sure all our readers know all about the positive events and good people living in our historic town.
And we’ve been inundated with responses from folk wanting to come on board and do their bit to promote Paisley.
Now Brian McGuire, who runs the popular Paisley.org website from his home in Glenburn, wants to spread the postive Paisley message all over the world.
Brian set up his excellent website nine years ago and it has grown to become massively popular across the world, receiving an incredible 1.38 million hits last month.
He explained: “I got it going to promote Paisley. I had just left the army and come home to Paisley and after touring the world, I realised Paisley isn’t as bad as everyone makes out.
“At the time, the town was going through the drug wars, as they were called, which gave it a bad reputation but it really wasn’t that bad compared to some places I’d seen.
“I started putting up pictures of Paisley and a bit of history on a website and it grew from there.”
Brian is right behind the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign and already has the logos on his website. The logo cleverly uses the ‘is’ in Paisley to promote certain aspects of the town such as its history or popular events.
Brian said: “The logo is on every page of the website and when you click on a different page, the logo changes to something relevant to the page.
“So if you’re looking at the history of Paisley, the logo would change to ‘Paisley is…rich in culture’.
“It’s quite clever and can be used to promote lots of different parts of the town.
“I’m right behind the Paisley Daily Express and Paisley Vision Board for doing this.”
The Paisley.org website reaches across the world and is manned by Brian and 10 volunteers.
Around half of all the website visitors come from America and the rest from across the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Brian added: “We never have any problems with people on the site, it’s always very positive.
“It’s a community website. I have been asked to make money out of it by doing different things but I’ve always said no.
“It’s for the people of Paisley and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”

We want to know all about what ‘Paisley is…’ doing so if you’ve got a good news story about the town or its people that you want to share, phone our newsroom on 0141 887 7911 or drop us an e-mail at pde@s-un.co.uk

click here for the Paisley Daily Express website

Paisley on the web is up for a Provost Community award

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Great news the Paisley on the web www.paisley.org.uk website, myself and the volunteers have made it to the finals of the Renfrewshire Provost Community awards 2009. This is early news and we don’t have written confirmation as yet but the awards are held every year and this years ceremony is to be held in the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew and we are in the Community volunteer or group category which is sponsored by Ciba Specialty Chemicals PLC.

The Paisley website has one aim and that is to promote the town of Paisley via the Internet, it has been going now for ten years “wow ten years already” and I am sure it will be here for another ten with the great help of everyone that dedicates their time and effort to promoting the website and town, and to all our regular visitors to the website.

I am not sure if we can say who nominated us or give any final details as yet, but I wish to say thank you to that person or person’s who have nominated us, it is very appreciated and win or lose it really is the taking part that counts.

Here is the link to the Provost awards Renfrewshire on the Renfrewshire Council website.

Renfrewshire Council agree before you agree

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Just noticed the big spin on the Scottish News about Renfrewshire Council agreeing to spend 11m on housing improvements this year and more over the next five years, funny that because at the end it says they are still waiting on the council tenants coming back to them with their ideas and views, so the council once again makes its own mind up without asking what you think.

Don’t get me wrong improvements to the council housing stock is way overdue, have a look up next time your walking by some council housing stock and you will notice a lot of slates still off from last years storms, or if you see a patchwork like quilt effect on someones roof you know that the council just put any old tile no matter if it wasn’t in keeping with the property on the roof.

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ilwwcm/publishing.nsf/Content/ce-lm-spotlight-HousingSurvey

this is the link for the councils website asking your views and also seeing if you are prepared to pay more for your rent for modernisation. I want to ask though where has all our rent money from the last 10 years or so gone? It certainly hasn’t went back to modernising housing stock.

Are you happy with Renfrewshire Councils repairs service?

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Do you have a council house? Are you happy with the quality of repairs? I certainly am not and if some of the emails coming into this website are to believed then the whole process is terrible. Council houses in the area are falling into disrepair and there has been no updating of existing properties in the majority if areas.

One visitor for example has been in his house since 1995 and knew the previous residents who had lived there for 7 years and in all that time there has been nothing done to improve the house yet they pay full rent and council tax? What happened to the promised new kitchens new bathroom suites etc …. Even when they said they had loose kitchen cabinets he was told they wont fix them or replace them. Now I understand a lot of people have bought their own property and would have done most of these repairs or updates themselves but that isn’t the point the council have a due care to update their property’s but they don’t and they just don’t care.

Yet another failing of our council.

Do you have a council property ? Are you happy? Are you dissatisfied? please add your views to either the Paisley message board or the blog.

Paisley Taxi Companys

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If you are planning on visiting Paisley then getting about “or getting back from the pub” is a priority and you will be wanting to know the number of some local and trustworthy taxi /cab companies in Paisley and Renfrewshire.

  • Paisley Cab Co Ltd telephone number 0141 887 7770
  • Paisley Taxi’s “Hackney” 0141 884 5760 website
  • Airport Taxis telephone number 0141 848 4900
  • Paisley Radio Cars telephone number 0141 889 6677
  • Paisley and Glasgow Airport Taxi Owners Association “Hackneys”telephone number 0141 889 5050

Johnstone Taxis:

  • United Taxis telephone number 01505 331 555
  • Gryffe Taxis telephone number 01505 324 111
  • Johnstone Taxis telephone number 01505 321 444

Renfrew Taxis:

  • Clyde one cars telephone number  0141 886 7111
  • Arkleston Radio cars telephone number 0141 812 6666