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Renfrewshire’s roads are set to benefit from significant investment, with a multi-million cash boost allocated to improve the conditions of roads and pavements.

Renfrewshire Council has set aside £3.5m for road improvements during the 2015/16 financial year.

Roads engineers have carried out a detailed survey of roads across the area and prioritised a list of locations where the cash will be targeted.

Almost half of the money – £1.7m – will be spent on the full resurfacing of roads.

The rest of the investment includes:

– £400k on restoring and repairing roads in a number of residential areas;

– £790k on local permanent patching where full resurfacing is not needed ;

– £375k on footways.

The remainder of the money will fund drainage works and surface dressing, .

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The investment in Renfrewshire’s roads is a priority for the council, and this is why we have allocated over £3.5 million to ensure our roads are well maintained and efficiently managed.

“We have identified key areas in Renfrewshire where repairs are necessary and have prioritised a list of locations to receive treatment and the most cost effective ways to do this.

“This investment will make a big improvement to the quality of roads across Renfrewshire and continue the progress we have made in improving road condition in recent years.”

The full road resurfacing will take place at 40 roads throughout the area, taking in both residential and main roads – such as sections of the A8 in Bishopton and Paisley, Paisley Road in Renfrew and Kilbirnie Road in Lochwinnoch.

The footway resurfacing will take place at 27 locations, including Paisley’s Arkleston Road, and parts of Erskine and Renfrew residential areas.


A new mobile library service will make it easier for children to read, play and learn in their local area.

The Skoobmobile, which features friendly book monsters known as the Skoobs, will visit schools, nurseries and pre-five centres regularly and communities who live at a distance from libraries during school holidays.

Since their launch last year, the Skoobs initiative has encouraged over 500 children to join their local library.

This new service, which is part of Renfrewshire Council’s Early Years Strategy, will ensure children and families have better access to the library service by taking it into the heart of the community.

As well as Bookbug, storytime and play sessions, children can sign up to the summer reading challenge, get online with iPads and download e-books, and online homework help.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said, “It is so important for our children to have access to a place where they can learn, have fun and develop. The Skoobmobile is great as it travels to places where children are less likely to have access to their local library service, and gives them the chance to explore new books and take part in some exciting activities.”

“Encouraging children to read from an early age puts in place good habits for later in life”, said Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board. “Reading is so important when it comes to language skills and creative development, and we think the Skoobmobile is a great way to get children excited about reading.

“Children will also be able to get help with their homework, learn about online safety and show off their creative side with arts and crafts. There is something for everyone.”

For more information or to join the library, visit


slug in a bottle market

As with all the previous Slug in a Bottle Markets organised, we want to create an exciting mix of both vintage items and contemporary / traditional craft & design.

At this year’s events we can expect contemporary and quirky items of silversmith jewellery from jewellery designers Judith Kenny Jewellery and Jodie Pope Jewellery; up-cycled and recycled accessories to dress your home from Tyler’s Attic; vintage / retro homewares from Love Me Again; Simone Wood handcrafted products in Harris Tweed; S Millenary handcrafted vintage inspired hats and accessories; Made by Suzi hand poured scented candles in vintage teacups.

I’m also very excited to be debuting our first ever lampshade making workshop, provided by The Owl and the Pussy-cat, at our upcoming April event in collaboration with Paisley Food Festival.

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We could go on and on naming our exciting line up, the importance for us at Slug in a Bottle Market, is to provide variety, individuality and quality from each of our stalls.

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Construction work has started on a new partnership location for community safety services in Renfrewshire.

The new Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership Hub is being built on the site of the former District Court in Mill Street, Paisley.

The new facility will be home to the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes officers from Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The partnership coordinates the work of community safety activities such as police, fire, wardens, antisocial behaviour investigators and noise enforcement officers.

The hub will incorporate a new integrated control room for monitoring and analysing CCTV cameras in public spaces across Renfrewshire and is part of a £1.3m programme that includes the upgrading and extension of the current CCTV camera network.

Councillor Tommy Williams, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said:

“Community safety is a key priority for Renfrewshire Council and our community planning partners.

“Bringing the council’s wardens, noise enforcement and antisocial behaviour investigations services together in a modern, purpose-built facility alongside our key community planning partners in the police and fire and rescue services will allow us to deliver better, more joined-up solutions for community safety in Renfrewshire.

“We want to build on our strong track record of tackling antisocial behaviour in Renfrewshire.

“We upgraded our public space CCTV coverage to a new state-of-the-art digital system last year.

“The new control room will allow us to provide an even better service to deter crime and antisocial behaviour and improve the way we analyse incidents.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Downie of Police Scotland said:

“Our focus is local policing, serving the public and keeping our communities safe; and we cannot achieve this alone.

“We have achieved sustainable solutions to many local issues through first class partnerships with Renfrewshire Council, the fire and rescue and health services, and other members of Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership.

“The new community safety partnership hub will allow partners to continue to address the community’s concerns, protecting the public and those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

“By working closely together in this way we are helping to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live in, work in and visit.”

The community safety partnership hub is expected to be fully operational by the summer.

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The next generation of savvy savers showed off their financial abilities to Renfrewshire Council’s Leader during his recent trip to a local school to see a new council initiative in action.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Council Leader and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener, popped into Gleniffer High School in Paisley to see how the new iSave Credit Union Initiative is being delivered.

iSave – in its launch year after getting underway in summer 2014 – offers all S1s the chance to open a credit union account complete with a £10 deposit from the council.

So far, 834 super savers have been created thanks to the initiative – more than half of all Renfrewshire’s S1s.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I was delighted to see first-hand how our worthwhile iSave Credit Union Initiative is being delivered. We want to develop strong saving habits that can last into adulthood. And it’s also important for young people to have access to the valuable services that credit unions offer now, and later in life.

“Credit unions have a valuable role to play in our community by ensuring access to affordable credit and offering a reasonable and dependable alternative to high cost lenders.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “It’s wonderful news that in its launch year, more than 800 S1 pupils have signed up to iSave. It was great to see how Gleniffer High School is driving forward the financial education and on-going saving elements of the project.

“We’re about to move into the second year of iSave and parents who currently have a child in primary seven will soon receive application forms. I’d encourage everyone to sign their children up to this valuable initiative.”

Each year, pupils and their parents will be given application forms to open an iSave account as they approach the end of P7. Once they start high school, teachers and local credit unions will work with pupils on on-going savings and financial education.

Parents and pupils looking for more information about iSave should visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/isave or call 0141 618 4416.


In recent years, Paisley has become a centre for the arts in Scotland including The Royal National Mod 2013 & The Spree Festival. Fèis Phàislig will inspire the next generation of children to play traditional music with some of Scotland’s leading musicians and tutors.  Gaelic for ‘Paisley Festival’, Fèis Phàislig will deliver traditional music workshops for children aged 8-18 across Renfrewshire.  Our event will build on the legacy of the National Mod and looking forward, contribute significantly to Paisley’s bid for City of Culture in 2021.


In support of this, we’d like to invite everyone to our fundraising ceilidh on Saturday, April 25th at the Wynd Centre in Paisley. It will be a fantastic night led by the Scotia Ceilidh Band featuring performances from local youth music groups.

Limited tickets will be available on the door. To reserve now, head to www.feisphaislig.com.
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Talented young sportspeople were FAST-tracked to success this week at an awards ceremony in Linwood’s On-X leisure centre.

More than 50 local athletes were awarded FAST card grants by Renfrewshire Sports Network.

The Funding Athletes Supporting Talent (FAST) programme provides grants or subsidised access to training facilities for athletes living in Renfrewshire or competing for Renfrewshire-based clubs.

The grant awards are organised by Renfrewshire Sports Network in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure.

Young sports stars competing in athletics, gymnastics, basketball, golf, cricket, karate and many more sports received awards.

Ray Nelson, secretary of Renfrewshire Sports Network, said: “Access to training facilities or funds to buy sporting equipment can make all the difference between a young person chasing their sporting ambitions or giving up their sport. With these grants, we’re giving more than 50 young people a helping hand to develop their sporting talents.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Sport is hugely important in helping our young people live healthy lives and also gain the skills and confidence to take into adult life. Anything that we can do to help them pursue their sporting ambitions has to be encouraged and it’s great to see that Renfrewshire Sports Network is doing just that.”

FAST application forms are available from Renfrewshire Sport Development on 0141 889 1110.

For more information about Renfrewshire Sports Network, contact Ray Nelson on 0141 889 5363.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Community Award winners celebrated at a special ceremony held in the Tweedie Hall, Linwood.

Five community heroes accepted awards by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and the sponsors for each category.

Almost 100 people and organisations were nominated for an award in the five award categories, which were revamped last year.

The award winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the event.

This year’s winners were:

Employer of the Year award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Lorna Bradley, Paisley

Sporting Achievement award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Ross Paterson, Paisley

Community Volunteer award (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Arlene Clark, Renfrew

Community Group award (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – I Am Me, Renfrewshire

Carer’s award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Amanda Macdonald, Glenburn

Provost Hall said: “It is always important to recognise and honour the many dedicated people who do so much for others in the community, often without looking for anything in return. The huge number of nominations is a great indicator of the good that takes place daily within our communities, so deciding on five winners is always a hard thing to do.

“The five winners have dedicated much of their own personal time to helping others and are a true inspiration. As I listen to their stories, I am humbled and moved by how they have overcome adversity to make the lives of those around them better.

“I also honoured nine community stalwarts with a Distinction Certificate, who have helped to shape and transform our communities over the years. Their contributions have benefited many in the community.”

Provost Hall awarded Distinction Certificates to nine community champions to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions they have made to Renfrewshire. The certificates were awarded to Maureen Brough, Lesley Compston, Jessie James, Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Elizabeth McLean, Alan Madden, Sheila Patterson and Doreen Polson.

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Image 1: Lorna Bradley, manager of Stepping Stones nursery and winner of the Employer of the Year Award, with Renfrewshire Council’s Depute Leader Mike Holmes

Image 2: Ross Paterson, winner of the Sporting Achievement Award, with Ken Sinclair, Health and Safety Manager, Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services

Image 3: Arlene Clark, winner of the Community Volunteer Award, Glasgow Airport’s Communications Manager, Nicola Macnaughton.

Image 4: Carol Burt, founder of I Am Me project and winner of the Community Group Award, with Maureen Hill, Centre Manager of Paisley’s Piazza shopping centre.

Image 5: Amanda Macdonald, winner of the Carer’s Award, with former Provost Nancy Allison.

Image 6: Community Award winners Back l-r Ross Paterson, I Am Me team – Megan Milligan, Carol Burt and Fiona McIntyre, and Lorna Bradley. Front l-r Amanda Macdonald, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Arlene Clark.

Image 7: Lesley Compston with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 8: Jessie James with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 9: Robert Knox with his Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 10: Margaret Lavery with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 11: Elizabeth McLean with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 12: Alan Madden with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 13: Sheila Patterson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 14: Doreen Polson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall

Image 15: Distinction Certificates Back l-r Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Lesley Compston and Elizabeth McLean. Front l-r Sheila Patterson, Doreen Polson, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Jessie James and Alan Madden. Not pictured – Maureen Brough.


North Edinburgh Community Grows community garden lands top civic prize
Two Civic Champions honoured
North Edinburgh Grows, a community garden design for North Edinburgh Arts has won the top prize in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards.

The prize was presented by Marco Biagi, MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment at a special ceremony at The Lighthouse on 26 March.

Nominated by North Edinburgh Arts, and designed by Anta Architects and lying at the centre of the physical environment of Muirhouse the North Edinburgh Grows project has provided a place to create, recycle, try out new ideas, grow, read, rest and play.

The judges said about the project:


“The North Edinburgh Grows project is both inspiring and humbling.  In the face of many challenges the designers, client and local community have transformed an unloved bit of land into a remarkable resource for local residents and visitors.   It is exactly the sort of project which the My Place Awards were set up to acknowledge – inventive, playful, life-enhancing and civic-minded.  It is a worth winner.”


The joint winners of the Scottish Civic Trust Civic Champion category were also presented.   They are John Dods, nominated by the Cramond Association for his outstanding contribution to the natural history and heritage of Cramond and Ann Laird, nominated by Dennistoun Conservation Society for his campaigning to protect and improve Glasgow’s West End.


The judges said about John Dods:

“John is a remarkable authority in many areas.   The breadth of his knowledge and the scope of his achievement in terms of promoting and preserving local heritage and advocating for better places and engaging communities is second to none.   His commitment to Cramond and its communities is inspiring and second to none.”


The judges said about Ann Laird:

“Ann’s contribution to the heritage and history of Glasgow is remarkable.  Over many years she has shown herself to be a force of nature when it comes to celebrating and promoting community participation in design, planning and placemaking.   She is, in every sense, a tireless campaigner for the betterment of the city and her legacy will be long-lasting.”


The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards is a unique scheme in Scotland that celebrates good local design, conservation, placemaking and civic prided as nominated by local people.   They are supported by the Scottish Government.


Marco Biagi, MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment said:

“The My Place Awards celebrate places which are delivering positive benefits in their communities.   Through the Civic Champion award it is great to see individual people recognised for their efforts improving the quality of Scotland’s places.”


The judges’ decisions were based on a set of criteria:

  • Design/Build Quality
  • Community Involvement
  • Overcoming Obstacles.

This year SCT received 18 nominations for our project category and a record breaking 9 Civic Champion nominations.


My Place Awards Winners:
My Place Awards Civic Champion Joint Winners: Ann Laird and John Dods
My Place Awards Project winner: North Edinburgh Grows
My Place Awards Project Highly Commended Projects: Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area, Saint Ninian’s Hall Development.
My Place Awards Project Commended Projects: Grand Fountain Restoration, Paisley, Martyrs Kirk Research Library, Lanark Memorial Hall.
For more information on the My Place Awards winners visit our My Place Awards winners showcase http://www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk/news/my-place-awards-winners-2015/

For more information on the individual projects and Civic Champions visit our online gallery http://www.myplaceawards.org.uk/galleries.aspx

All nominated projects, Civic Champions and winners outcomes will be available to view at a specially designed exhibition at The Lighthouse, from 27 March to 6 May 2015.
For more information on the My Place 2015 exhibition visit our online event page http://www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk/events/my-place-exhibition-2015/


YOUNG Owen Macdonald is looking forward to an egg-stra special time this Easter by having a barrow-load of fun at intu Braehead.

The shopping mall and Soar at intu Braehead have organised a host of fun activities for kids in the Easter Gardens that have been created during the school holidays.
And yesterday, the five-year-old from Foxbar, in Paisley got the low down from the Easter Bunny on everything that will be happening there.

The free garden-themed games and arts and crafts are being held in both venues every day between Friday April 3 and Sunday April 19, from 11am to 5pm.
And there will also be visits from the Easter Bunny, puppet shows and storytelling.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We’re really egg-cited about our Easter activities for kids this year.

“There will be loads of fun and games for the youngsters to keep them entertained during the school holidays.”

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead for more information on the Easter Garden activities.


Photo Caption: Owen Macdonald, aged five, from Paisley hops along to intu Braehead to find out from the Easter Bunny all the things he can do there during the school holiday.

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Renfrewshire Council has become a founding member of the Scottish Local Government Partnership (SLGP).

The decision was agreed at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council (on Monday 23 March).

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Renfrewshire will formally join the SLGP on 1 April joining Aberdeen City, Glasgow City and South Lanarkshire councils.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan believes the new partnership will ‘bring a new and distinctive approach to the challenges facing local government.’

Councillor Macmillan said: “In joining the new partnership, Renfrewshire intends to be at the forefront in shaping the future of our public services.

“We are joining a partnership which will provide a distinctive, responsive and powerful voice for our communities and for local government in general.

“Renfrewshire has shown it is willing to stand up for our community and take forward new approaches on key issues such as regeneration and tackling poverty.

“We will continue and develop that work on the national stage alongside like-minded councils.

“The new partnership has already been in contact with the Scottish Government and the trades unions and we will continue to take forward dialogue with other organisations.

“The four councils involved in the SLGP – Glasgow, Aberdeen City and South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire – represent a quarter of the population of Scotland and almost half of Scotland’s economic output measured by Gross Value Added (GVA). The partnership area includes the oil industry, Glasgow Airport, and one of the countries biggest and most innovative regeneration programmes – the £1.13 billion City Deal programme.

“We are central to our communities and our economy and we will reflect that strength in our discussions with government, businesses and partner organisations.”

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Young footballers will get the chance to show their skills at the St Mirren first team training ground this Easter.

The award-winning Street Stuff programme will host a special Spring Break Football Camp at the club’s training base at Ralston from 6 April.

Young footballers will get the chance to show their skills at the St Mirren first team training ground this Easter.

The award-winning Street Stuff programme will host a special Spring Break Football Camp at the club’s training base at Ralston from 6 April.

Boys and girls aged 10-16 can sign up for the football camp and play for free.

Street Stuff is an award-winning programme diverting young people away from possible antisocial behaviour.

The programme is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue.

Brian Caldwell, Chief Executive of St Mirren FC, said: “We are delighted to assist the Street Stuff programme with this new initiative, giving kids the chance to play and be coached at our training ground at Ralston, and I am sure it will be a big success.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Street Stuff is getting bigger every season and just because it’s the school holidays, we don’t have to stop the Street Stuff fun.

“We had over 400 players at our festive football sessions in the airdome at St Mirren and I’m sure we’ll get lots of boys and girls signing up for the chance to play at the training ground during the Easter holidays.”

Sign-up forms are available to download at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff or from Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, on 07557 281581.

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