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Local residents, businesses and community groups are being asked to ensure they submit their feedback on regeneration plans for Causeyside Street in Paisley before the engagement period closes on Sunday 7 August.

The plans aim to make Causeyside Street an attractive place to live, work and visit by enhancing walking provision in the area with clearer footways making it safer for residents, commuters and visitors, as well as improved accessibility at bus stops to make it easier for passengers to board and disembark.

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There would be increased parking spaces, with four being added north of the Canal Street junction and the potential to add a further 51 spaces and designated loading bays south of the junction by removing the current single yellow line restrictions.

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A new two-way cycle route on Causeyside Street would connect Paisley Gilmour Street train station with Canal Street Station, as well as the popular National Cycle Route 7, and would be separated from the main road carriageway and pedestrians.

Council officers have been visiting businesses on Causeyside Street in-person to answer any questions and found support from local butcher James Peacock of WM Phelps who believes the plans will improve the look and feel of the street.

James said: “I’m all for investment coming into Causeyside Street as it’s important that regeneration takes place to improve the look and feel of the town.

“The addition of parking spaces as well as new cycle lanes will bring more people into the town and, as long as it is policed properly, it should make a positive difference.

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“I know the Council and Scottish Government are encouraging people to use sustainable transport more often and this will definitely help people to do that on Causeyside Street.”

In addition to the bus and cycle improvements, pedestrian crossing facilities would also be upgraded and new electric charging infrastructure is currently being added at Stow Brae to support the move to sustainable transport.

The proposals form part of the ongoing transformation of Paisley town centre, in which major investment is being made in its historic venues, including the plans to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination, Paisley Town Hall modernisation into a landmark entertainment venue, the new Learning and Cultural Hub on the High Street, and an extension and upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre.

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Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “These proposals would modernise Causeyside Street by providing sustainable transport links that walkers and cyclists will want to use and feel safe while doing so, as well as improving public transport connections too.

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“We recognise it would be a substantial change to the current infrastructure on Causeyside Street, but the plans could actually increase the parking available by more than 50 spaces in addition to the active travel improvements.

“We want the proposals to make a positive difference to Causeyside Street and support the community and our businesses, so please take the time to look through the plans and give us your feedback so we can incorporate this into the next stage of the project.”

Concept designs, visualisations and a short survey for feedback are available on the Council website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CauseysideStreetSurvey, with a closing date for responses of Sunday 7 August 2022.

Renfrewshire Council’s project team are keen to hear from local Paisley residents, nearby businesses and regular users of Causeyside Street and will be available to meet with the public every Wednesday and Friday between 12pm-2pm at the PaisleyIs branded 5A High Street in Paisley during the engagement period.

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Stephen Dock and Jude

“After 4 weeks using my bike, I had gone from using my car daily to once per week – it was then I decided to ditch the car altogether.”

When Stephen Dock spotted Renfrewshire Council’s Not Far? Leave the Car campaign, it was the push he needed to make a huge change in his life – and it’s one he’s not looking back from.

Recently, he’d been considering using his bike to commute to Inverclyde where he works as a student nurse but hadn’t quite worked up the courage to take the plunge.

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The Council’s new campaign was the driving force behind his decision to ditch the car for his bike and set a positive example for his two young sons, Jack and Jude.

Stephen said: “I found the campaign to be very motivational as it adds another good reason to cycle, walk or use public transport, and being able to see what I have achieved on a daily basis is rewarding.

“I thought I would do a test run of not using my car at all and mainly use my bike and public transport when required to see how it went.

“Commuting for me involves cycling to the train station, getting the train and then cycling to the hospital. I use the bus on occasion, but the majority of the time is cycling.

“My bike still allows me to do the nursery and school run, have days out using the cycle path and visit family and friends.

“After 4 weeks, I had gone from using my car daily to once per week and it was then I decided to ditch the car altogether.

“The end result is now that I have sold my car and now only use my bike and public transport.”

Having initially embraced the campaign as a way of getting healthier, Stephen has been surprised at how easy it has been to travel on his bike and on public transport in Renfrewshire.

“The fact that I no longer have the car has opened my eyes to how easy it is to still get through my week without relying on a car.

“I was a bit apprehensive at the start of this journey wondering about how to get big shops done and how safe the roads would be on a bike, but these have totally gone now and I have found the cycle network around Renfrewshire very useful and easy to navigate.

“I’ve also loved the added benefit of saving money, getting healthy, being a role model to my sons and helping the environment – so I don’t see me reverting back anytime soon.

“I think I have now made the leap and changed my behaviours for good”

With Jack and Jude travelling for free on buses as part of the Scottish Government’s free bus travel for under 23s scheme, it’s been easy for Stephen to travel without a car and even more so as Jack’s excited to get on his bike at every opportunity.

“I have two sons who have really had to get involved as I used to drive them around, but my oldest son Jack, who is 9, now cycles with me when we need to go places and I do my best to keep up!

“My youngest son Jude is 2 so isn’t quite big enough to cycle with us himself yet, but he goes into a kids seat on the back of my bike and loves it so much that it’s now his preferred mode of transport.

“When we need to use public transport for longer journeys, Jack and Jude both travel for free on buses, so we save on costs and it’s great to travel together as a family in sustainable way.”

Not Far? Leave the Car rewards people for taking sustainable journeys with points that can then be exchanged for discounts or freebies from more than 100 local businesses in Renfrewshire.

Stephen’s racking up the points every day and the campaign has encouraged him to visit more local businesses in Renfrewshire as he looks to spend local whenever possible.

“The app has been very easy to use and I like that it confirms which activity you have been doing, gives me a daily snapshot of how active I’ve been and also a summary of how much CO2 I would normally have used. The options to redeem points or donate them to charity is clear and very simple to do as well.

“I haven’t actually exchanged my points yet but when I do, I will be rewarding myself with a nice coffee using the Renfrewshire Gift Card as I was pleasantly surprised at the number of businesses that accept it.

“I have visited local businesses as my days out with the kids are mainly around the Renfrewshire area so we spend local where we can and everywhere is relatively easy to get to without a car.

“We do enjoy heading into the town centre or to the local parks so always stop for a coffee or ice cream as well.”

More than 750 people like Stephen are now signed up to the campaign and are getting healthier and being rewarded for leaving the car at home.

The free app works just like a sport or fitness watch and participants can choose to track their journeys themselves or do this automatically, with all sustainable journeys rewarded with points.

To sign up for free, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/leavethecar.

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BRAEHEAD shopping centre has helped the police and local community wardens support this year’s Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week.

The mall hosted police officers and members of Renfrewshire Council’s Community Wardens initiative as they pledged to do all they can to stamp out anti-social behaviour in the community.

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The aim of ASB Awareness Week, from July 18 to July 24, is to highlight the problems of and take action against anti-social behaviour, particularly when young people are the victims and engage with the public in ways they can help tackle anti-social behaviour.

The awareness week is being organised by the Resolve organisation whose aim is to encourage police and other agencies along with the local community to work together to find solutions to anti-social behaviour.

The week is supported by key stakeholders including the Home Office, Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

Resolve chief executive, Rebecca Bryant OBE said: “I hope partners will take this opportunity to work with their networks to pull together the examples of best practice they would like to showcase.

“Last year we secured huge amounts of publicity and moved the need to tackle ASB up the public and political agenda. This year we plan to go even further – but we will need your help.”

Peter Beagley, Braehead Centre director added: “People deserve to feel safe where they live and we’re happy to give any support and assistance we can to get the message out there that anti-social behaviour is not to be tolerated and needs to be tackled in the strongest possible way.”

Climate Cooking Challenge, fashion upcycling and community gardens part of £50,000 award for climate change projects in Renfrewshire

Communities in Renfrewshire will reduce food waste and emissions, recycle old clothes and textiles, and create community gardens, biodiversity areas and food growing areas thanks to funding awards from Renfrewshire Council.

The Community Climate Fund was created by Renfrewshire Council to offer local communities the chance to make environmental changes in their local area that will contribute to the target of Renfrewshire reaching net-zero by 2030.

£50,000 was allocated from the Council’s £1million Climate Change Action Fund, with up to £3,000 available to community organisations for each project – and a total of 18 projects have been successful.

One of a range of innovative ideas was a Climate Cooking Challenge devised by the Tannahill Centre in Paisley, which will reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills with the local community around making the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food.

Jamie Mallan, Business Transformation Manager at the Tannahill Centre, said: “This funding is going to make a big difference to families and individuals in Ferguslie as it will enable us to support local families by helping them to reduce food and energy costs at home at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is hitting really hard.

“Author Lorna Cooper will run workshops for residents from Ferguslie where she will share some of the recipes detailed in her book ‘Feed your Family for £20’ and some of the advice and tips she shares on social media which help families make leftovers go further, whilst also reducing their energy costs.”

Lorna will also work with the local sewing group, The Feegie Needlers, to produce non-electric slow cookers.

She said: “Made from a duvet and some fabric, non-electric slow cookers are a popular way of slow cooking all over the world. After bringing a pot of food to the boil and placing it inside the slow cooker, the retained heat will continue cooking for up to eight hours without any additional energy source.”

Renfrew YMCA SCIO plan to teach young people in the community about the effects of ‘fast-fashion’ on the environment and support them to carry out upcycling of clothes and textiles, with the aim of hosting an eco-friendly fashion show.

Taylor Smith, Renfrew YMCA Youth Development Worker, said: “Our project is an upcycling project that provides children and young people with the skills to take old clothes and make something new as we try to tackle the fast fashion problem and help with climate change.

“We are so excited that we have received this funding and have already started making upcycling hair bands and bangles in our summer programme.”

The Council’s Climate Change Action Fund provides initial funding to pilot new ideas and approaches, to support engagement and partnership working across Renfrewshire, and to accelerate the pace of change already being delivered through existing initiatives.

It is one of a variety of initiatives in place to support Renfrewshire’s aim of reaching net-zero by 2030.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Climate Change Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm and creativity from our local communities as they help to tackle the climate change emergency in any way they can – and these projects are a shining example of what can be done.

“As a Council, climate change is considered in every decision we take and we are reducing our carbon emissions at every opportunity, but we know that we need our communities and businesses to do the same.

“We’ve set an ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2030, but I am confident that as a Council we can lead from the front with the initiatives we have in place now and to come.

“Climate Change is a key priority of this administration, and we will continue to do all we can to reduce our emissions and support all of Renfrewshire to do the same.”

Other projects which received funding include food growing initiatives in Lochwinnoch, Williamsburgh Primary; community gardens in Kirklandneuk Primary, Langbank Primary, The Good Shephard Centre in Bishopton, Johnstone Castle Community Centre, Bishopton Community Centre and the Finding Your Feet centre in Paisley; biodiversity improvements in Ferguslie and Lochwinnoch; funding for bike repairs to support active travel; environmental improvements to the Howwood Park pavilion and Ferguslie Cricket Club; ‘Repair, Make Do and Mend’ sewing workshops, videos and a Mending Skills toolkit by Mossvale Community Church; and a community dye garden in Paisley.

All applicants whose projects did not receive funding have been supported by the Council and Engage Renfrewshire to identify other possible funding opportunities.

For more information on climate change projects in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/climatechange.


The projects awarded funding were:

The Tannahill Centre (£2,953)

  • Climate Cooking Challenge
  • Reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills to make the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food
  • Reduce energy consumption through more efficient preparation of food
  • Produce non-electric slow cookers using recycled household materials

Lochwinnoch Sustainable Community Garden (£1,000)

  • Rewilding Lochwinnoch
  • Improve biodiversity in the area by sowing wildflower seeds
  • Interactive project aimed to be accessible for all

24th Paisley Boys Brigade (£3,000)

  • Climate Challenge 2022
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Learning how to grow food through a community garden
  • Turning over church lawns to wildflower meadows

Kirklandneuk PS Parent Council (£3,000)

  • ‘Mon the Weans, Mon the Bees, Mon the Community’
  • Outdoor space for pupils to be creative
  • Used for community food growing and preparation
  • Biodiversity area in the school grounds

Own Yer Bike (£3,000)

  • Volunteer Training/Parts for repairs
  • Put five volunteers through cycle mechanics course to allow them to teach young people how to fix and maintain their bikes
  • Purchase of parts to repair bikes for free to support active travel

Friends of Howwood Park (£2,840.60)

  • Howwood Park Pavilion Renovation
  • Renovate the pavilion in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Insulation and low energy electrical fittings
  • Minimise energy demand and maximise efficiency

Langbank Parent Partnership (£3,000)

  • All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today
  • Establish the garden as an extension to the outdoor classroom
  • Growing ground for fruits, vegetables and herbs

The Good Shephard Centre (£2,855)

  • Community Garden
  • ‘Fork to fork’ approach
  • Follows GSC’s Young People’s Climate Change Agenda
  • In partnership with Duke of Edinburgh Award, GSC School and Wellbeing teams
  • Improve horticultural skills

Local Energy Action Plan (£3,000)

  • Diggin’ It Together
  • Food growing initiative for people in their own homes
  • Reduce carbon emissions, promote mindfulness, tackle food insecurity, promote sese of wellbeing, opportunity to bring people together at community events

Renfrewshire Rainbow Buddies (£2,220)

  • Little and Large Explorers
  • Renovate Johnstone Castle Community Centre’s garden
  • Provide active travel equipment
  • Learn new skills, such as planting, making flower beds, food hygiene

Ferguslie Cricket Club (£2,000)

  • Climate Change projects
  • Install LED lighting
  • Creation of a small garden for biodiversity

Ferguslie Community Development Trust (£2,871)

  • Sunshine on Ferguslie (schools project)
  • Improvements to front gardens to encourage interest in nature
  • Learn new gardening skills
  • Create planters and birdboxes
  • Community gardening clubs

Mossvale Community Church (£2,510)

  • Sewing2gether All Nations – Repair Make Do & Mend
  • Sewing workshops for members of the refugee and asylum seeker community
  • Create Make Do & Mend videos
  • Produce a Mending Skills toolkit

Williamsburgh Parent Council (£2,897.22)

  • Getting Williamsburgh Growing
  • Support children to grow their own food

Renfrew YMCA SCIO (£3,000)

  • Make Renfrew Green
  • Implement up-cycling into the organisation
  • Teach young people about up-cycling and the effect of ‘fast-fashion’
  • Host an eco-friendly fashion show

Bonnie Bishopton (£3,000)

  • Community Gardens at the Community Centre
  • Regenerate neglected land
  • Create a community garden for health and wellbeing

Finding Your Feet (FYF) (£3,000)

  • Turn an area of disused land into a garden and play area
  • Sensory garden, outdoor children’s accessible play area, nature walks, bee keeping and gardening

Sculpture House Collective (£2,985.60)

  • Community Dye Garden
  • Green spaces used to grow plants and trees that can be used for dying and printing textiles
  • Expand to satellite locations in Ferguslie Park area
  • Engage and educate the local community
  • Improve biodiversity
Richard Lochead

Three new job support programmes worth £750k aimed at breaking down barriers to getting people into work and boosting Renfrewshire’s recovery from the pandemic have been launched.

Renfrewshire Council’s convener for Economy and Regeneration Cllr Andy Steel made the announcement today during a visit to the area by Scottish Government Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead.

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The new programmes are mainly funded through Renfrewshire’s share of the Scottish Government £80m Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery fund, which allows councils to develop local schemes to help businesses grow, stimulate economic activity, and support low-income households.

The three new Renfrewshire programmes will target support to people and businesses to help overcome some of the issues preventing people getting back into work. They are:

Transition Fund for Parents – for parents who are out of work and on Universal Credit. This will see grants of up to £1,000 paid over the first three months in the job, where they may be waiting on their first wage and while benefits change, to help with practical costs such as travel, childcare, clothing or training.

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Skills and Training Grant Programme – a new fund for to help people on Universal Credit, either unemployed or on low-pay, gain new skills and move into better-paid work. This will see support of up to £3,500 made available to help the costs of training which will help them advance their careers.

Parental Employment Support Employer Recruitment Initiative – a pilot scheme which will pay wage subsidies to help businesses create new part-time jobs which start and finish within school hours – for parents who want back into work but for whom working 9 to 5 isn’t possible.

Mr Lochhead was in Paisley today where Cllr Steel gave him a tour of the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability hub in the Russell Institute building on Causeyside Street. There, he met staff, businesses and residents who have benefitted from existing support to help people into jobs.

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Cllr Steel said: “Here in Renfrewshire, supporting people on low incomes and helping drive the area’s recovery from the pandemic are two of the central missions of this council, so I am delighted to today launch three new programmes targeted at doing exactly that.

“We know that in Renfrewshire the number of people out of work rose sharply during the pandemic but has now fallen to pre-pandemic levels, and that businesses are actively trying to fill vacancies.

“Our Invest in Renfrewshire team speak to jobseekers and businesses every day, so have real insight into the barriers which are holding those who are out of work back from getting into employment.

“So these three funds have been designed to overcome those – by helping cover the costs people will experience when starting a new job, supporting people to get the training they need to move into better-paid work, and helping employers offer more flexible and childcare-friendly hours.

“These programmes will help businesses fill vacancies and retain staff, which will in turn boost their own productivity, and hopefully create further opportunities down the line.”

Employment Minister Richard Lochhead said: “It’s great to see Scottish Government funding being used to make such a difference in Renfrewshire. This additional support shows the principles of our No One Left Behind approach to employability.

“We will continue to work with partners in local government, the third sector, private sector and others to realise Scotland’s ambitions for a wellbeing economy – tackling poverty and securing better lives for people and communities across the country.”

Invest in Renfrewshire is the council’s programme to help people find work and to support businesses to grow.

Their approach, based on integrated services and a partnership approach, has had an enormous impact on local employment figures since it was launched in 2012.

In that time, Renfrewshire has seen the biggest growth in youth employment of any area in Scotland – at 21.1% – and the area’s unemployment rates are now at an all-time low.

All three of the funds launched today are now open for applications and more information on how to do that can be found by emailing invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk, or calling 0300 300 1180.

Other Invest in Renfrewshire projects also covered by Renfrewshire’s share of the Covid Recovery fund include an expansion of the existing business growth grant scheme, support to help employers retain trainees hired through the existing Kickstart scheme for another six months, and extra funding for the council’s net-zero business grant scheme to help businesses reduce carbon emissions.

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Paisley Arts Centre auditorium

Work has now started on a transformation of Paisley Arts Centre which will add new modern performance facilities and an extension to the much-loved historic venue.

The building is being upgraded as a unique and intimate performance venue and creative hub, which will drive new life and footfall into the heart of the town centre when it reopens next year.

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Workers are now on site at the building, in New Street, with the refurbishment to include:

–  a redesigned public space at the front of the building, removing the railings and adding new paving and seating;

– a small extension housing a new entrance and expanded bar area for pre-and post-show drinks;

– improved main auditorium, with new retractable seating and a better audience experience;

– new back-of-house and performance facilities, including better sound and lighting, new kitchen, improved dressing rooms, and workshop space for rehearsals and other events;

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The programme of work has been designed to be sensitive to the 250-year-old site’s previous use as a former church. The graveyard area at the side of the building will be left untouched.

Extensive surveys were carried out to establish if there were any graves in the area in front of the building, where work is taking place. One monument at the front of the building will be repositioned slightly but surveys showed no grave is present underneath it.

The refurbishment is part of a wider investment in Paisley’s cultural venues by Renfrewshire Council, which supports Future Paisley – the wide-ranging programme of events and activity using the town’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to change the area’s future.

This includes the transformation of the town’s museum into a world-class visitor destination, the work to preserve Paisley Town Hall’s place at the heart of local life by turning it into a modern entertainment venue, and building a new home for library services in a formerly-empty retail unit at the heart of Paisley High Street.

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When they reopen, the venues will be operated by OneRen, the charity which provides culture, leisure and sport opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives in Renfrewshire. The reopened arts centre will host a year-round programme of music, comedy, theatre and much more.

Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of OneRen, said: “I am delighted to see work is now under way on the refurbishment of Paisley Arts Centre.

“For more than 30 years, it has been one of Scotland’s most vibrant small arts venues, but while work was done to the outside of the building in 2012, the facilities and audience experience inside it were in need of the upgrade which this work will deliver.

“Once reopen, the building will be able to offer a better range of events than before, bringing new life and footfall into the town centre and to the surrounding businesses day and night.

“And we hope it will also become a hub for the town’s thriving creative community – providing a base for our cultural groups to work from and help nurture the next generation of local talent.”

Michael Scanlan, Director at Clark Contracts – the main contractors for the work – added: “As a Paisley-based contractor, we are delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council again to deliver this transformation of Paisley Arts Centre, which will provide high-quality facilities for the local community.”

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EXHIBITION RUNS 26 AUG – 26 NOV

The biggest visual art exhibition Paisley has ever seen – the Big Art Show – will open on Friday 26th August and run until 26th November 2022. The exhibition will take place in The Art Department in the town’s Causeyside Street – a large, open-plan, white-walled, space within the former Allders/Co-op Department Store.

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With over 1000 artworks on show, the Big Art Show features painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital art, film/video, mixed-media and sound installations.  Artists aged 8-84 from all over the UK have been selected.  This truly open and inclusive exhibition includes work from those with experience as well as budding and emergent artists from all walks of life. Themes in the show include: travel; portraits; nudes; landscapes; Paisley; Glasgow; Italy; abstract; nature; sculpture; ceramics, textiles; photography.

Prizes up to £1000 have been donated to The Big Art Show:

  • Independent Financial Advice Centre (Glasgow) Limited £300
  • Society of Scottish Arts & Outspoken Arts Prize – £200 plus one year’s SSA membership
  • Outspoken Arts Scotland Prize for Digital Art – £150
  • Made in Paisley Prize – £150
  • Duais a’ chon mhòir (The Big Dog Prize) for an artist under 25 – £100
  • Cass Art voucher for a young/school age artist – £50
  • The Art Paisley Prize for Outstanding Work – £100

The organisers behind the exhibition are Outspoken Arts Scotland, a charity first established in 1995.  The Big Art Show has also been supported by Art Paisley Limited – a newly formed charity.  The Board of Directors behind the new charity are well-known Scottish artists, Rowena Comrie; Nancy Doherty; Caroline Gormley; Eoghann MacColl; Angela Pieraccini; Maureen Rocksmore; head teacher Denise MacColl and Steven Thomson, Creative Director, from Outspoken Arts Scotland.

The Big Art Show is also delighted to be partnering with Society of Scottish Artists who will showcase work from their members as part of their annual exhibition.

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Running alongside The Big Art Show is an Open Studio section where artists will pop up every weekend and make art live in the space.  There will be a multi-screen digital wall and local schools will be invited to bring parties along to see the show.  There will be a large opening party with 500 attendees expected.

During the duration of The Big Art Show, there will be a twice-weekly free creative learning classes in visual arts.  The full programme can be found at this link. https://outspokenarts.org/artworks-autumn-2022/

Steven Thomson, Creative Director, Outspoken Arts Scotland, commented: “Since working on the Paisley 2021 bid, Outspoken Arts has developed adventurous and ambitious plans for Paisley for those working in its cultural scene.  The Art Department and The Big Art Show along with our friends at PACE Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, and many local exhibiting organisations, have exciting plans for the site over the next two years. This represents a significant opportunity for those working in the Renfrewshire arts community and a vital time for social and cultural recovery.”

Rowena Comrie, Chair, Art Paisley, commented: “This new venture is a positive addition to the art and cultural achievements associated with Paisley.  The Art Paisley Ltd team are delighted by the incredible response to the Big Art Show and look forward to the challenge of presenting this major exhibition to the art lovers of Paisley.  Our collaboration with the Society of Scottish Artists means that we will offer a further dimension, representing a wider range of Artists and broader contribution to Paisley as an artistic centre.”
The doors will open to public visitors from 26th August and the exhibition will run Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm daily. Most artworks will be for sale.

A full-colour catalogue will be available at the exhibition.
Selected Artists can be found at this link

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https://outspokenarts.org/bigartshow/

Causeyside St regen

Local residents, businesses and community groups are being asked for their views on regeneration plans for Causeyside Street in Paisley which would improve active travel connections, support sustainable transport and increase parking and loading options.

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The proposals from part of the ongoing transformation of Paisley town centre, in which major investment is being made in its historic venues, including the plans to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination, Paisley Town Hall modernisation into a landmark entertainment venue, the new Learning and Cultural Hub on the High Street, and an extension and upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre.

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The plans aim to make Causeyside Street an attractive place to live, work and visit by enhancing walking provision in the area with clearer footways making it safer for residents, commuters and visitors, as well as improved accessibility at bus stops to make it easier for passengers to board and disembark .

A new two-way cycle route on Causeyside Street would connect Paisley Gilmour Street train station with Canal Street Station, as well as the popular National Cycle Route 7, and would be separated from the main road carriageway and pedestrians.

There would be increased parking spaces, with four being added north of the Canal Street junction and the potential to add a further 51 spaces and designated loading bays south of the junction by removing the current single yellow line restrictions.

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Pedestrian crossing facilities would also be improved and new electric charging infrastructure is currently being added at Stow Brae to support the move to sustainable transport.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “These are exciting proposals as we look to regenerate Causeyside Street for residents, businesses and visitors alike and ensure it retains its importance alongside the ongoing transformation work at the Town Hall, Museum, High Street and Arts Centre.

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“With climate change high on our list of priorities as a Council, it’s important that we encourage sustainable transport wherever possible and the new cycle route would be a great addition as it would connect our two town centre train stations, as well as join the National Cycle Route 7 – with the plans also making it safer and easier for people to walk through this part of town and utilise bus services.

“The designs also allow us to add more parking and loading spaces along Causeyside Street which should benefit people visiting the town centre using all modes of transport and bring a boost to businesses in the area.

“Please take this opportunity to look at the plans and provide your feedback to allow the next stage of the project to reflect our local communities”.

Concept designs, visualisations and a short survey for feedback are available on the Council website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CauseysideStreetSurvey, with a closing date for responses of Sunday 7 August 2022.

Renfrewshire Council’s project team are keen to hear from local Paisley residents, nearby businesses and regular users of Causeyside Street and will be available to meet with the public every Wednesday and Friday between 12pm-2pm at the PaisleyIs branded 5A High Street in Paisley during the engagement period.

The DeRellas are fully locked and loaded and are ready to raise the roof at Rocknrollas tonight and tickets are still available on the door for this much talked about Glam Punk bash. The current line-up features Timmy DeRella, who has the looks of Sid Vicious and Stiv Bators (bass/vocals), Luca DeRella, who is also in Spizzenergi (lead guitar/ backing vocals), Steve Grainger, from Chelsea (drums) and Marky T, ex Sex Pistols Experience (guitar).

Support for this electrifying night will come from the rather superb Fire Exit who are a classic punk party band. Songs like Going Crazy and We’re Gonna Drink will get you going and raise your spirits, get your heart pumping and spread a smile across your face. To make up this trio of top punk and kicking things off is 2Sevens. Doors are 7pm.

The Bungalow Introducing Night on Thursday has a great 3 band line up starting with Kloans  a 5 piece indie rock band formed in Paisley then they have Cloak another 5 piece bandthis time from Glasgow and last but not least is The Barely Responsible who are a three-piece indie band hailing from Irvine and Glasgow. The band features The Voice Kids UK 2020 semi-finalist Blair Gilmour. £5/3 on the door and entry is at 7pm.

The Keg has one of their favourite bands in tonight from 9pm. They are Old Bohemia who are one of Scotland’s best and most loved acoustic duo’s who have played in Berlin, L.A, San Francisco, New York, London and all the way to Asia and beyond. At 18 years old they were playing to audiences of 10,000 working with Sony as the tour support for Glasvegasand they’ve continued with that level of professionalism throughout their career. They have since played 1000 gigs, working with some of the biggest names in the industry along the way. They can be generally found as resident performers in some of the U.K’s best loved music venues, playing well known songs of the last 50 years or so

entertaining at gigs and now they are back at The Keg for another up-tempo night of great songs.

Graeme Kerr will be on The Keg stage tomorrow night with his ‘Loopmaster’ show. Graeme is a solo acoustic entertainer but has made his name mastering the loop pedal to build live backing tracks which make him sound like a full band. Nothing is pre recorded, he builds his loops seamlessly and speedily to enhance the live sound. Graeme plays music from all genres and artists across the decades. Expect a party with an upbeat set, perfect for a Saturday night out.

Well known musician Johnny Morton will be playing with his band Hot Banana at The Old Swan from 7pm tonight. Hot Banana are a soul, blues and rock covers band, based in the Glasgow area. They describe themselves as ‘Four top musicians having the time of their lives

Dead Flowers one of the most popular rock cover bands in the country are playing in the ‘Shopper’s Slot’ tomorrow at 4pm. Lee James is performing his Swing Classics show on Tuesday from 3pm then on Thursday he is back at the same time this time with his Through the Decades Show. Clyde are playing on Monday in their usual resident spot at 5pm

After a hugely successful Malawi Day last Saturday at which The Cave fundraised a grand total of £3434 it is back to normal for them with Revival on tomorrow night at 6pmfollowed by Kong at 9pm then on Sunday it is Sad Ida from 6pm. Congratulations to all involved.

This week’s Open Mic sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8pm, Jason Flood is

the host at Gantry on Tuesday from 9pm, Johnny Barr will be at The Keg from 8.30pm. Andy Lindsay’s Open MicAfternoon at the Columba Club in Renfrew is on Sunday from 3pm and it is all ages welcome. Have a great week and Keep Music Live.