First Responders at Braehead Shopping Centre have been recognised for the role they are playing during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The seven-strong team from the centre’s security staff have been specially trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to deal with certain kinds of medical emergencies until paramedics arrive.

Now they have been presented with special commemorative coins for their expertise, dedication and care to visitors to Braehead – particularly during the difficulties faced due to coronavirus in the past 18 months.

The Scottish Ambulance Service West Region Community Resilience Facilitator, Susan Gardner, visited Braehead to meet some of the centre’s First Responders and present them with their commemorative coins.

The Braehead First Responders have been trained to deal with medical emergencies ranging from strokes, heart attacks, falls, epileptic fits, to various types of trauma injuries, including car crashes, when they are first on the scene of any incident.

Susan Gardner, Community Resilience Facilitator (West), Scottish Ambulance Service said:

“Community First Responders are volunteers who are trained by the ambulance service to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work.

“Their aim is to reach potential life-threatening emergencies in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

“Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care until a highly skilled ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment.

“Myself and Anne Harrison, West Region Community Resilience Paramedic Team Leader, were delighted to present all the Community First Responders at Braehead with COVID Coins as a thank you from the Scottish Ambulance Service for all their dedicated work throughout this pandemic.”

Peter Beagley, Braehead centre director said: “Having our own fully-trained First Responders skilled in life-saving techniques means a seriously ill patient can receive early intervention while the professional ambulance crew is on the way to Braehead.

“The first few minutes of a life-threatening medical emergency are vital the chances of survival.

“Braehead is a much safer place thanks to our First Responders and also that we have two defibrillators in the centre that can be used in a medical emergency.

“The commemorative medals from the Scottish Ambulance Service are a welcome recognition of the skills and dedication of our First Responder staff during the Covid crisis.”

Dozens more urban locations to get Full Fibre, on top of 160 new rural places announced last month

Around 400,000 more Scottish homes and businesses are set to benefit from a broadband boost in the region of £160m[1] thanks to Openreach – the UK’s largest broadband network provider.

People living and working in another 48 urban areas – including Dunfermline, Falkirk, Ibrox, Govan, Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Livingston – are set to benefit from the company’s national upgrade plan, with the majority of premises in each area gaining access to the latest ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband.

More than 250,000 households and businesses in the Glasgow City Region are included – an investment of over £100m in the area – with 31 areas to benefit; while Openreach plans to expand its ultrafast network in cities like Edinburgh and Aberdeen and start work in Culloden, Inverness.

Work will take place between now and 2026, and more details of the full list of locations and timescales are published on Openreach’s website. A full list of the locations is below.

The news comes after a similar announcement last month, when 300,000 premises – in 160 mainly rural and harder to serve areas across Scotland – were also included in the build plan.

Both announcements build on Openreach’s existing work across Scotland, where more than 400,000 homes and businesses can already order ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband.

Following a competitive tender process, a number of partners – including Morrison Telecom Services (MTS), Kier and KN Circet – were chosen by Openreach to support the Scottish upgrades and will play a crucial role in building the new network to thousands of premises in these locations.

Robert Thorburn, strategic infrastructure director for Openreach Scotland, said: “Nobody in Scotland is building full fibre faster, further or better than Openreach. We’re reaching more communities than ever and our team of highly-skilled engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.

“Just last month we announced 160 rural and hard to reach locations across Scotland were to benefit, so it’s great that we’re able to reveal another huge broadband boost with these additional urban locations. Our investment and commitment to Scotland – whether it’s urban or rural – will help to underpin economic recovery, stability and a stronger, more equal society.”

Barry McNicholas, group managing director of Kier Utilities, said: “The need for reliable and fast broadband speeds has never been greater and we are proud to be working with Openreach to support their ambitious plans of bringing full fibre broadband to homes and businesses across the UK.

“We look forward to building new digital infrastructure in places like Dunfermline, where we will be working with our local teams and supply chain partners to carry out these works.”

Pat Carolan, managing director of Morrison Telecom Services, added: “The last eighteen months have highlighted the importance of keeping people connected and we recognise that we have a pivotal role to play in helping Openreach to deliver full fibre broadband to Scotland.  We look forward to supporting Openreach’s commitment to delivering ultrafast connectivity to homes and businesses in the local community and the many employment, social, economic and environmental benefits that this will bring. Our role is to ensure that the new network is built efficiently, safely and without any compromise on quality.”

The company’s updated build plan follows an extended investment commitment by its parent, BT Group – which means Openreach will now build Full Fibre technology to a total of 25 million UK premises, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the UK by the end of 2026.  The latest details and timescales will be available online as the build planning progresses.

Recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Scotland to full fibre. It estimated this would create a £2 billion boost to the economy by enabling thousands to join the workforce and increase hours.

Openreach employs 3,200 people in Scotland, with another 700+ employed by its build partners.

This short video explains what Full Fibre technology is and you can find out more about our Fibre First programme, latest availability and local plans here. Across the UK, the company has made Full Fibre available to more than five million homes and business so far.

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  • Glasgow to Belfast route to commence on 1 July and will operate up to 19 times weekly
  • Route fares start from £29.99 each way 
  • Flights will operate in line with Covid-19 protocols, including Stobart Air’s enhanced health and safety measures
  • Andy Jolly Stobart Air MD: “We are pleased to add this new route from Glasgow to Belfast to our route network, which will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient, and cost-effective flights.” 

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional routes, has today (Thursday, 20 May) added a new route to its network, connecting Glasgow and Belfast through frequent flights. 

The new Glasgow Airport to Belfast City Airport route will initially operate on a daily basis with 11 flights weekly, commencing on 1 July, and will increase to 19 flights weekly in August. 

In light of the successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout allowing air travel to increase safely, Stobart Air has added this new route to its Aer Lingus Regional network to provide additional choice and frequency for customers wishing to travel between Glasgow and Belfast for business and leisure. 

All Stobart Air flights will operate in line with Covid protocols put in place by the UK Government, Stormont Executive, and health authorities.

Commenting, Andy Jolly, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said: 

Stobart Air has called on the UK and Irish governments to support the industry and work with all industry stakeholders on a plan and timeline for the resumption of safe air travel. 

“In light of the successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout allowing air travel to increase safely, we are pleased to add this new route from Glasgow to Belfast to our route network, which will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient, and cost-effective flights.

“We are committed to providing our passengers with frequent, convenient, and affordable services through our regional connections. We look forward to welcoming our staff and customers onboard this new route.”

Matt Hazelwood, Group Commercial Director for AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, said: 

Belfast has always been a hugely popular destination with our passengers, so we are really pleased to see Aer Lingus and partner Stobart Air restart this busy route.  

“The airport is just a five-minute journey from the city centre, which makes it the best option for business and leisure travellers looking for a speedy and convenient commute to the Northern Irish Capital.

“It’s also great to see that Aer Lingus and Stobart Air will initially restart the route with 11 flights per week. This will be welcome news for our customers looking to travel between Glasgow and Belfast City as restrictions continue to ease.”

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Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association (AOA), AGS and Edinburgh airports have called on the Scottish Government to rectify a major discrepancy that means passengers returning to Scotland from abroad will have to pay more than twice as much for COVID tests than travellers returning to England.

On 11 May, the Scottish Government confirmed it would adopt a four nations approach to the removal of the travel ban which, on 17 May, was replaced by a traffic light system, with a red, amber and green list of countries mirroring what had previously been confirmed in England.

There is still a requirement for passengers returning from countries on the amber and green lists to take COVID tests. Whilst passengers returning to England are permitted to purchase tests from private suppliers, that approach has not been mirrored in Scotland with current regulations explicitly stating tests from private suppliers cannot be used.

A testing package for passengers arriving in Scotland from amber countries is £170 per person and £88pp for those arriving from green listed countries. Some private suppliers are offering testing options for as little as £20pp.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, and Karen Dee, chief executive of the AOA, said: “On 11 May we were told the Scottish Government would adopt a four nations approach to the removal of the travel ban which had brought our industry to a standstill. Within a matter of days, it transpired Scottish passengers would be heavily penalised by having to pay twice as much for COVID tests than people in England.

“It is not fair that people in Scotland are being forced to bear such high costs when there are private suppliers offering the same tests that meet strict UK Government requirements for a fraction of the cost.

“This lack of parity with England will price many people out of travelling and will be a very real barrier to airports and airlines as we try to safely re-establish our connectivity. It will also push passengers to airports in England to avoid the cost of the Scottish Government’s testing package meaning they would not receive any form of data. We urgently need the Government to review its guidelines and introduce an equitable testing system that doesn’t penalise Scottish passengers. We have offered to work with the Government and its clinicians to help identify an affordable solution.”

Councillors have given the go-ahead for residents to be asked their views on an ambitious and far-reaching ten-year £100m transformation of council housing.

Renfrewshire Council last year agreed to invest the sum in a housing-led regeneration and renewal programme to deliver modern, high-quality, energy-efficient, affordable council housing.

Members of the council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Board today gave the green light for officers to roll out a detailed consultation over the months ahead.

Residents and owners in eight areas will now be invited to give their views on the plans – which include investment in existing properties and outdoor areas, as well as new-build housing.

The eight areas in the first phase of the programme are: Auchentorlie Quadrant, Howard Street, Waverley Road, Thrushcraigs, Springbank Road and the Broomlands area all, Paisley; as well as the Moorpark area in Renfrew and the Howwood Road area in Johnstone.

The proposals were created following a detailed assessment of the council’s existing housing stock and aim to improve buildings and external areas such as closes, back courts and bin stores, and to bring down energy bills by making homes more energy-efficient.

The proposals could involve the demolition of buildings in four of the areas, with plans being developed for around 300 new-build council homes in their place.

Residents and owners in the properties identified in the proposals have already received a letter from the council to make them aware, and further communication will follow next week with details of how they can get involved in the consultation.

The planned consultation would also include a wider conversation with residents in those areas about what they want from them.

That will help inform a neighbourhood place plan for each area covering how the council and its partners can work together to deliver services could better meet the needs of residents.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of the Communities, Housing and Planning Board, said: “This planned investment could deliver a transformation – not just of the quality of council housing in Renfrewshire, but of the wider environment around them.

“We know improving the quality of housing improves people’s quality of life, health and well-being and this will do that, while also making council estates and services easier to manage and maintain.

“It will also be central to the area’s economic and social recovery from the pandemic – by creating construction jobs for local residents and traders – while promoting Renfrewshire as a great place to live.

“We would stress that at this stage, all we are putting forward are proposals – if approved, council staff will be in touch with all residents and owners to get their views on the plans and to make sure all voices are heard before any final decisions are made.

“That conversation will be about more than housing – it will take in what residents want from the future of their areas, so I would encourage everyone affected to take part.”

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THE team at Braehead Shopping Centre are going mall out to raise money for a children’s hospital charity.

A total of 23 members of staff have been stepping out to take part in the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising Lap The Map virtual walk around the almost 76,000 kilometre coastline of Europe.

They have been clocking up the miles pounding the pavements during the month of May and collecting sponsorship on their JustGiving Page.

Lap the Map is a virtual race between Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity supporters. The Braehead walkers are part of #TeamGlasgow.

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity is close to our hearts and we have worked with them for years to support their fundraising efforts.

“And this year our boots are definitely made for walking!

“The charity raises money to make sure every baby, child and young person treated at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital receives the extra special care they deserve.”

To support the Braehead team’s fundraising efforts for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity go to where you can make a donation.

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement on international travel restarting in Scotland from 17 May, Airlines UK, AGS Airports and Edinburgh Airport have issued the following statement:

“Whilst removing the travel ban is a step in the right direction it is very much a missed opportunity with so few countries making it onto the green list.

“We are again in the position of being a week away from a major change to operations and are waiting on details of how the Scottish Government wants this to work and how it will be managed. We need that detail as soon as possible to allow everyone to understand what is required.

“We appreciate there are many things to consider but we encourage the Scottish Government to work with us on making testing more affordable rather than it being a barrier for those who need and want to travel. We would also encourage government to take advantage of the vaccination rollout to open up many more green countries in the EU at the new review point in three weeks, as the EU themselves have proposed, and to work where possible as the four nations to ensure consistency and avoid confusion for operators and passengers.

“The Scottish Government must also be very clear about when and how we can encourage visitors from green list countries to try and save the thousands of jobs in Scotland that depend upon international travellers.”

Date confirmed following Covid-19 restrictions update by Scottish Government

Indoor fitness classes run by Renfrewshire Leisure will restart from May 17th, it has been confirmed today.


The Scottish Government has stated that indoor group exercise will once again be allowed when the region drops into Level Two of Covid-19 restrictions.

A programme of 119 weekly classes – operated in line with all public health guidance – will begin across Renfrewshire Leisure’s venues from next Monday, with 3,852 slots available for booking each week.


The timetable includes Vitality and new Easy Exercise classes designed to give people living with medical conditions, older adults and those just starting out the greatest support to get active to improve their physical and mental health.


A number of outdoor exercise classes – which have proven incredibly popular while indoor group sessions have not been allowed – will continue at ON-X in Linwood.


Fitness class bookings can be made from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 12th) via, where full timetable details are also available. All classes must be pre-booked.


Measures in place to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in the region means that Monday will be the first time since October that indoor group exercise has been allowed.


Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know that our indoor classes have been massively missed and that many people cannot wait to get back – and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them. Our team is ready to support them in returning to a regular exercise programme. This is an exciting step for us all and we expect uptake to be extremely positive.


“In every element of our recovery from the impact of Covid-19, the safety of our customers and staff is our priority. People should rest assured that we are doing all we can to protect everyone’s health while creating great opportunities to improve the wellbeing of the region’s residents at this critical time, allowing them to return to activities they really enjoy. Hygiene and social distancing measures are in place at all venues.”


Swimming lessons will restart from the end of the month, with plans for a phased return currently being finalised.


Classes at Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley and Renfrew Sports Centre will run in tandem with mass vaccinations centres being operated at each site at the request of Renfrewshire Council. These will have separate entrance and exit points.


Renfrewshire Leisure’s gyms and swimming pools reopened for individual exercise and family swims – alongside its libraries and heritage centre – on April 26th.


An extensive library of exercise content also remains available online.


Regular updates on all services – both in-person and digitally – will be posted via Renfrewshire Leisure’s website and social media.

BRAEHEAD Shopping Centre will open three hours earlier than normal on Monday, (April 26) as non-essential stores begin trading again after the Scottish Government eased Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Normally, Braehead would open at 10am, however the centre’s Primark store plans to open at 7am and several other stores to begin trading at 8am, as they welcome shoppers back for the first time since Boxing Day, last year.

Marks and Spencer, JD Sports, The Disney Store, Next, New Look and Mac Cosmetics are opening early at 8am and Clarks shoe store will open at 9am.

Braehead’s centre director, Peter Beagley predicts fashion stores will be the most popular on re-opening day. He explains:

“As lockdown restrictions ease, people are able to socialise more and visit cafes, bars and restaurants, so they’ll be looking to update their wardrobes to look their best for their new-found freedom.

“Everyone is desperate to get back to some kind of normality and being able to go shopping is a sign of that.

“There’s definitely a sense of excitement around and people will enjoy coming to Braehead – just like they always did.”

Braehead’s essential retail stores have remained open during lockdown and in recent weeks many shops have operated click and collect.

But the shopping centre team has been busy preparing for the full re-opening of the centre and making sure both staff and shoppers remain safe when they visit the malls.

Peter adds: “We have a raft of measures in place to make sure everyone is protected from the Covid virus.

“They include social distancing, insisting people wear a mask unless they have dispensation, floor stickers and signage showing a one-way system for getting around the centre, enhanced cleaning regimes and free hand sanitisers throughout the centre.

“We can’t wait to welcome shoppers back to the centre and if we all follow the Government guidelines, everyone can enjoy the Braehead experience and stay safe at the same time.”