We are currently working towards reopening the airport tomorrow morning, however, this will be dependent on the weather. Further snow is forecast and our teams will be continuing with snow clearing operations throughout the night.

There will be a knock-on effect on tomorrow’s schedule following the disruption we’ve experienced meaning there will be further delays and cancellations. Our advice to passengers is to only travel to the airport once they have checked the status of their flight with their airline. We would also remind people that a severe amber warning remains in place so please only travel if it is safe to do so.

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Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has celebrated 10 years since the SNP scrapped tuition fees on Scottish students.

This week marked 10 years since the Graduate Endowment Abolition Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament – removing the backdoor tuition fees introduced by Labour and the Lib Dems. This policy ensured that students in Scotland would not have to pay for tuition either during or after their studies.

By stark contrast, Tory policy south of the border sees students charged up to £9,250 a year for attending university. The Welsh Labour government also charges students to study in Wales.

Since the fees were scrapped, 270,000 Scottish students have graduated free of charge.

One of them is new Renfrewshire Councillor Natalie Don, who said she would have been unable to go to return to University as a mature student if fees of nearly £10k a year was applied in Scotland.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“The scrapping of Labour’s unfair graduate tax has been transformational for many people across Renfrewshire – and stands in stark contrast to the Tory approach in England and Labour approach in Wales, which forces people to pay thousands of pounds to get their degree.

“And just this week, we announced yet another significant investment in our universities and colleges, which will benefit from £1.8 billion in funding for the coming year, money which will help us achieve our aim of ensuring students from the 20% most deprived backgrounds represent 20% of university entrants by 2020.

“With more students applying thanks to the SNP’s unwavering commitment to free tuition, it’s clear that more and more people will graduate from our world-leading universities in the years to come.”

Cllr Natalie Don, SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, added:

“It is very simple; I would not have been able to go to uni if fees such as £9k a year were charged in Scotland.

“Going back to education and graduating changed my life, as I know it has for thousands of others across Renfrewshire. It is scary to think of the amount of people who would have not been able to go to uni, or would have left with tuition fee debts totalling tens of thousands of pounds, had it not been for the SNPs decision to scrap fees.”

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, and Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley have joined forces this March to help Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.

The Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and long-term Marie Curie supporter Fay were pictured together with Marie Curie Nurses, Victoria Shodeko and Victoria Oluwalogbon, at a parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.

From March 1st, Marie Curie’s daffodil pins will be available from volunteers and shops on high streets across Renfrewshire  With demand for Marie Curie services growing, as more people die each year, the charity hopes that this March, more people than ever will give a donation and wear the iconic yellow flower.

The money raised will help the charity be there for more people living with any terminal illness, providing them and their loved ones with vital care and support at the most difficult time of their lives.

Gavin pledged his support to the appeal and is encouraging local people to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I am happy to be once again supporting Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal. This annual campaign is a simple way in which you can show your support to those with a terminal illness and in the process helping to raise some funds as well for this fantastic cause.

“This campaign has been running since 1986 and through the generous support of thousands of ordinary folk up and down the country, the campaign has been able to support those with a terminal illness.

“The Great Daffodil Appeal will be running throughout March and I would encourage everyone to support this fantastic cause.”

Fay Ripley, who is best known for her role in the ITV series Cold Feet and also as a recipe author, said:

‘I’m delighted to be here with Gavin Newlands MP to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.

“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness, so it’s absolutely crucial that families have the care and support they need at such a difficult time. I hope that as many people as possible wear a daffodil this March and understand that in doing so, they are making a huge difference for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”

Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said:

‘Having the support of Gavin and Fay makes a huge difference to our Great Daffodil Appeal.

“We ask people to wear a daffodil on their lapel throughout the month to show not only their support for the work of our Marie Curie Nurses, but also to help us highlight the many issues that people affected by terminal illness confront. We believe that everyone should have the best quality of care and the best quality of life possible when they are dying.”

Marie Curie Rapid Response Nurse Victoria Shodeko said:

‘Wearing a daffodil is a really easy way to show your support for the thousands of families affected by terminal illness. Everyone deserves to be cared for at the end of their life.

“Every penny raised, every daffodil worn, helps fund our vital care and support.  It means I can be there for someone who is dying.  We urgently need as many people as possible to give a donation this year and wear their daffodil with pride.

‘Marie Curie services rely on charitable donations, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin during March.’

Marie Curie is there for everyone affected by a terminal illness, including those with cancer, dementia, heart or lung disease, and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease. It provides a range of services focussing on where gaps exist in high quality care and where it can reach more people. It also provides practical information and support, funds vital research and campaigns for more people to have access to high quality, personalised care wherever and whenever they need it.

To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visitwww.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025.  You can also text DAFF to 70099 to donate £5.

Fantastic Pictures showing the scale of the disruption and the beauty of the snow around Paisley taken by Ian McDonald Photography and kindly allowed for use on Paisley.org.uk

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Pirates continued their recent impressive run of results to clock up a 4-1 success in Dundee and, in doing so, kept the pressure on the two teams immediately above them in the SNL table.

They were ahead on the powerplay in the 9th minute as Thorp was on hand to link with Spiers and beat Kynoch to put the visitors ahead with the go ahead goal. Pirates were outshooting the home side by two to one in the opening session but were unable to find a way through thereafter, but nevertheless headed for the dressing rooms as the end of the first 20 minutes nursing a 1-0 advantage.

 

In the middle session, Pirates doubled their advantage in the 26th minute as Thorp fed off Crute to make it 2-0 and give his side some breathing space. The home side came more into the game, but found Russell in excellent form, turning away twelve shots in the period to allow his team the luxury of a two goal lead after 40 minutes

 

With the game still up for grabs, Pirates came out for the final session looking to kill off the challenge from the Tigers, and they did so with a quick fire double as first Marc Crute, then Martyn Guy, scored within the first six minutes of the period to take the game well away from the hosts at 4-0. The latter did come back just after the halfway point in the stanza as Guilcher put the Tigers on the board as he beat Russell for a marker while on one of only two powerplays given up by the visitors in a well–disciplined display, and they safely saw out the remaining minutes to return home with the two league points.

 

Pirates now face a challenging weekend, travelling back to Dundee on Saturday for their match against the Comets, who currently top the SNL table, and then play host to Kirkcaldy Kestrels, lying in second place, on Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).

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Communities across Renfrewshire are being asked to shape the future of community level governance in the area after a review of the present structure was carried out.

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Proposals have been put forward to redesign the formal structure and follow a partnership approach between the Council and the community, following an initial round of engagement with local communities, as well as a review of community governance arrangements in other council areas.

The consultation outlines nine proposals across five themes, Function, Membership, Boundaries, Meetings and Grants, which require feedback to ensure they accurately reflect the views and requirements of the Renfrewshire community.

The issues raised range from making meetings more accessible and participative to having local grants for smaller local projects, as well as a change to the current boundaries which would see them come into line with community councils and balancing voting rights between councillors and community members.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “Our aim is to have a model of community governance that reflects the views and requirements of our communities and this is a real chance for them to have their say in the way decisions are made at a local level.

“We have undertaken extensive engagement with a range of stakeholders when developing these proposals but we recognise the need to talk to as wide a range of people as possible to ensure any new system is as effective as possible.

“This is about what works best for our communities and therefore it is vital we work together to design and deliver a model that meets their needs.

“Please take the opportunity to put forward your opinions at one of our local events or have your say through our online consultation.”

A series of events and drop in sessions will take place to allow questions to be asked on the proposals, with the community encouraged to take the opportunity to attend.

  • 7 March, 10.00am-1.30pm – Johnstone Town Hall
  • 12 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Renfrew Town Hall
  • 13 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Tweedie Hall, Linwood
  • 14 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Bishopton Community Centre
  • 15 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch
  • 20 March, 5.30pm-8.30pm – Paisley Town Hall
  • 22 March, 4.30pm-6.00pm – Erskine Sports Centre

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, said: “The review of the Local Area Committees in Renfrewshire is all about delivering the best possible community engagement practice.

“Involving community members in decision making is at the heart of community planning practice and this is the chance for local people to help Renfrewshire’s partners shape the future of our local engagement approaches.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to get along to the events and get involved.”

In addition to attending events, residents can access the consultation, which closes on 15 April, online via: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/communitylevelgovernance

Due to the ongoing severe weather, all sports and leisure facilities along with libraries, Paisley Museum, community centres and town halls operated by Renfrewshire Leisure will remain closed on Friday, March 2.

As the weather warning is expected to be downgraded by the Met Office, a decision on whether events taking place at Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre on Friday night should go ahead is to be taken during the day, on Friday.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We’d like to thank our staff and our customers for their patience and understanding during this unusually severe weather.

“Indications are that our facilities should re-open on Saturday, March 3. However I would ask that customers check our social media channels to confirm facilities opening again.”

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A severe amber warning advising against all but essential travel has been issued by the Met Office and will remain in place until tomorrow morning. In light of this and the impact it is having on passengers and staff, including airline staff, travelling to and from the airport we will remain closed for the rest of the day. This decision has been taken with safety of passengers and staff in mind.

Our teams are continuing with snow clearing operations, however, we would advise passengers not to travel to the airport. Anyone with travel plans should contact their airline directly for specific flight information.

Further updates on plans for tomorrow’s schedule will be issued later today.

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Come On In
and meet Bernard Kaunda and Christopher Gondwe and hear how buying Fairtrade coffee from Malawi changes lives.

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Monday 5 March 5.45pm – 8.00pm
Methodist Church, Gauze St, Paisley PA1 1EP
(next to Rainbow Turtle Shop)

Renfrewshire has been most fortunate this year in that the two coffee producers from Malawi who are in Scotland for a short visit are spending a whole day with us. Part of this time will be with Rainbow Turtle and you are invited to come along to meet Christopher and Bernard from Mzuzi Coffee producers. They will be with us early evening of 5th March. This will be a fairly informal “meeting” with the opportunity to hear directly from those working in a Fairtrade organisation but also a chance to relax and talk with them and representatives of the Scottish Malawi Partnership and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum over a light buffet. So we propose the following format:

5.45 – 6.00 Gathering
6.00 – 6.05 Welcome
6.05 – 6.45 Visitors’ contribution
Q & A continued into…..
6.45 – 7.30 Buffet
7.30 – 7.45 Closing remarks, ‘thank yous’

The evening will provide an opportunity for you to meet representatives of the producers you either support through your sales, or buy from. You can learn first-hand how your purchases help make our world fair for all!

Please reply to info@rainbowturtle.org.uk to let us know if you can join us (for catering purposes).

We look forward to an interesting, informative and enjoyable evening with you, and our visitors.

Information available at https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/…/Mzuzu-Coffee-Planters-Cooper…

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The current Amber weather warning for Renfrewshire has been extended until 10am on Friday 2 March, and conditions will remain very challenging into tomorrow. As a result we have decided to keep all Renfrewshire schools and nurseries closed tomorrow.

We do have some staff in our customer contact centre at council HQ in Paisley and they can be reached on 0300 300 0300 but we ask you only do so for urgent or emergency calls. Our Paisley customer service centre remains open but Renfrew and Johnstone are closed today and tomorrow.

Essential services – such as care at home and some social work services – will operate to the best of our ability. Our thanks go to all staff who have been working under very difficult conditions to keep vital services operating. Council staff should contact their line manager for advice on how their service is affected.

All bin collections today and tomorrow have been postponed – these bins will be collected at their next scheduled collection date for that colour of bin. Any excess waste left at the side of the bin will also be collected.

All facilities run by Renfrewshire Leisure – including leisure centres, libraries, town halls and commnunity centres, will also remain closed tomorrow.

Our roads staff have been out all night working to keep things moving. Snow ploughs are out clearing the roads alongside our gritting teams and they will continue to work overnight to tackle severe weather, which is unprecedented.

We are sure you appreciate we cannot get to every street and have to focus our resources on the main roads. Please also bear in mind the heavy snowfall can affect the gritting process.

Please only travel if completely necessary during the Amber weather warning and continue to follow the advice of the emergency services.

Check @metofficescot for weather updates and @policesscotland and Traffic Scotland for the latest travel information.

We will continue to issue any updates via the council website and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. #StaySafe #RenReady