Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has called on Chivas to transfer the land at the Renfrew Road site to the people of Paisley, once their proposed transfer to Dumbarton is complete in 2019.

Mr Mackay will meet with Chivas and key stakeholders’ tomorrow (Thursday 9th February 2017) as constituency MSP to discuss the planned closure, and the impact to the local area and workers.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Mr Mackay said:

 “The Chivas site at Renfrew Road has been a part of the Renfrewshire economy for decades, with the iconic main building a real local landmark, so it will be disappointing to see the facility close.

“The Scottish Government is committed to working with Chivas and Renfrewshire Council to do what we can to minimise the impact to the local economy.

“In the meantime, whilst assurances have been given on jobs being transferred, it would be a good and fitting act for Chivas to commit to transferring the land to the local community in Paisley.

“This would allow the local community to decide what they want to do with the land, and how best to utilise it for the people of Paisley and wider Renfrewshire.

“As Minister for Local Government I progressed the Community Empowerment Act, legislation to help empower communities through ownership or control of land and buildings. By transferring the land back to the community, Chivas would be doing just that and helping to strengthen the voices in decisions about their local community.

“The last thing we want is a redundant site, when it could be put to effective economic and community use.  I look forward to constructive talks, and have worked closely with my ministerial colleagues on responding to the Chivas decision.”