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Weather alert – School closures for Thursday 8 December

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All of Renfrewshire’s schools and pre-five establishments will close at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 8 December). All special schools, including Hollybush Pre-Five centre will be closed all day.

The decision to close the schools was taken after the Met Office issued a red alert, warning of gale force winds potentially reaching 90mph.

The Renfrewshire Council Schools’ Music Service Christmas Concert, scheduled to take place in Paisley Town Hall tomorrow evening has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Red alert warnings are highly unusual with only one or two being issued a year.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “The safety of our pupils is our chief concern. We have been given a clear warning from the Met Office to expect severe weather that could damage buildings and cut power supplies.

“We realise that this decision will cause parents some inconvenience but in these circumstances we have no other choice given the severity of the weather predicted.”

The Met Office warning said, “Through the day on Thursday winds will strengthen with severe and potentially damaging and dangerous gales developing through the central belt during the afternoon and into the evening rush hour with winds as high as 80 mph, and a risk of some gusts to 90 mph. Transport disruption, including complete closure of bridges, power supply disruption and structural damage are all possible with gusts of this magnitude.”

Press release issued: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 5pm

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Please also in any tweets to keep people updated of the changing weather and hazards to motorists etc, if you are tweeting please use the hashtag #paisleyweather so we can inform people of the conditions asp..

Also keep an eye on the Met office website which is fantastic for realtime weather information http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/st/paisley_forecast_weather.html

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RAH running out of beds

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One of our visitors to the Paisley website and long term contributor, has had some problems with a member of his family having to be transferred to The Glasgow Royal Hospital as the RAH runs out of beds… here is a snippet from our message board…

Patients transferred to the Royal in Glasgow as the RAH runs out of beds

The winter toll is taking full effect on the RAH in Paisley countless people attending with broken bones after falling in the snow and ice are facing hours of waiting, its that bad that there isn’t enough operating hours in the day to cope with patient demand never before has Paisley RAH seen scenes this bad.

Tonight i saw for my self the full extent of whats going on behing the scenes as i spent 9 hours at accident and emergency and here is a personal senario i saw for myself tonight.

patient arrives at A&E at before 6pm

seen by doctors, diagnosed and being admited and left on trolley before 7pm

bed finaly got at nearly 2am after 7 hours on a hospital trolley and all this on a pensioner of nearly 90

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Get Your Own Paisley.org.uk

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Okay so there is only one Paisley but if you live outside of Paisley how good is your local website? If you are a local authority or organisation outside of Paisley then our team can be contracted to design and build a website for your community just like Paisley on the web creating an online community for your town or area, it does not have to be as big as the Paisley website, but there should be one keen individual willing to make the website work, please contact us via our contact page to enquire more about this offer.

If you are a group or organisation within Paisley then good news I will put you up a page on Paisley.org.uk for free, and also advertise your events for free, i.e our local Boys Brigade club meets every Friday at St Columbus Church, Foxbar from 6.30pm till 8.00pm just use our contact page to send in the information and we shall put it on right away..

If you have n amateur football team why not even send us your team news and results? the scope for inclusion into the Paisley on the web website is wide open. It will be good to hear from you.