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SNP MSP Derek Mackay is urging Renfrewshire’s dog owners not to leave their pets in hot cars this summer.

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Mr Mackay is highlighting research undertaken by Dogs Trust which shows that almost people believe it is ok to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken, such as leaving a window open or parking under a tree.

Under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog, should its body exceed 41°C. Within a matter of minutes, as the temperature rises in your car, your dog’s suffering will become evident through excessive panting, whimpering or barking. This will then develop into a loss of muscle control and ultimately their kidneys will cease to function, the brain will become damaged and their heart will stop.

The Renfrewshire North & West MSP is warning constituents that on even wet or cooler days, leaving their pet in the car even for a few minutes can be dangerous.

Mr Mackay said:

“Many people don’t know that dogs take a lot longer than humans to cool down and with temperatures rising over the summer it is more important than ever that dog owners are warned of the dangers of leaving their pets unattended in cars. Even on cooler or very wet days, cars can become very hot, very quickly, and be fatal for dogs.

“You just need to touch the dashboard or seat of a car to see how hot it can get. Andparking in the shade or leaving the window down will not make it any safer.

“If you are carrying your dog in the car over the summer carry plenty of drinking water for it, use sun blinds on the windows and do not leave the dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

“If you do see a dog in distress in a parked car call the police or the SSPCA immediately.”

Summer getaway

 More than 165,000 passengers expected over weekend

  • Over one million Scots to head for their holidays during school break

 

Glasgow Airport is preparing for its busiest weekend of the year so far as tens of thousands take to the skies for the summer holidays.

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More than 165,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend as the school holidays get underway. Airport staff expect to welcome more than a million Scots holidaymakers during the school summer holidays.

The majority of travellers will be heading for popular sunshine hotspots such as Alicante, the Canary Islands, Crete, Florida, Mexico, Turkey, Portugal and the Balearics. Other popular city break destinations include Barcelona, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, New York, Frankfurt and Venice.

Even more people will travel on Scotland’s busiest long-haul route – the Dubai double daily service – as a result of the additional capacity provided by the iconic A380 aircraft introduced earlier this year.

Additional staff will be on hand at peak times over the weekend to provide support and assurance for passengers as they prepare for check-in and security.

The airport will also be providing plenty of entertainment for young departing travellers to ensure their holidays get off to a fun start.  This will include a kids’ fitness zone in the departures area, NERF war games, Highland dancing, performances from a rock choir and activity bags.

Despite the proposed strike action planned by some Unite members on Friday 28th and Sunday 30th of June, it will be business as usual for passengers travelling through the terminal on both days.

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport Managing Director, said: “There’s always a great atmosphere in terminal, particularly as the school term has come to an end and thousands of families arrive at the airport ahead of their holidays.

“This weekend is sure to be one of our busiest ever and we’ll have plenty of activities to help keep the children occupied.

“Given that the airport will be busier than usual during what is our biggest weekend this year, we would encourage passengers to allow enough time for check-in and to ensure they are prepared for the security area and have their boarding passes ready.

 

“All liquids, gels and pastes carried in hand luggage should be 100ml or less and carried in a 20cm x 20cm clear plastic bag, which should be presented out-with their hand luggage at the security check point.

“Passengers should also organise their hand luggage appropriately before they go through our X-Ray machines, which means removing laptops and other large electrical equipment from their bags and placing them flat and unobstructed in the tray along with smaller items such as keys, coins, watched and phones.

“Small steps such as these really help to ensure our passengers pass through security as quickly and smoothly as possible so they can relax and enjoy the start of their holiday.

“Although some of our staff who are members of Unite have chosen our busiest period of the year to stage further industrial action, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again reassure our passengers that the strike days which have taken place to date have caused minor disruption, if any at all. Glasgow Airport remains open, fully operational and our number one priority is to ensure our passengers continue to get on their summer holidays without any disruption.”

 

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THEY’RE letting the good times roll at intu Braehead this summer.

The ice has been melted and the curling rink transformed into a fabulous roller skating venue complete with a giant glitter ball and the coolest old-school disco sounds being played.

MFG intu Braehead Roller Disco

And yesterday one of Scotland’s top freestyle roller skaters, Jim Whyte paid the new roller rink a visit to check it out for himself.

And while he was there he gave some skaters, who were getting a sneak preview of the venue, a display of his skills and amazing roller skating stunts.

Roller skating sessions are launched on Saturday, June 29 and continue until August 11. The two-hour sessions start at 11am each day and go on until 6pm.

The sessions are ideal for a families as well as regular roller skaters and there are skates for hire at the venue.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’re definitely rolling out the welcome mat for everyone to enjoy a brand new fun activity we’ve never had at intu Braehead before.

“The curling rink has been completely transformed with special lighting, a sound system playing some disco classics and of course, the disco ball that will give everyone some glitter as they wheel around the rink.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert, our new Roller Skating Rink is the place to be this summer and everyone is guaranteed to have a wheelie good time!”

Roller skating at intu Braehead is a fun activity for all ages, although it’s not suitable for under fives and anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Log on to https://intu.co.uk/braehead/events/rollerskating for more details and to book tickets.

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Creative hubs are being established across Renfrewshire as the region bids to be “the place of choice for creative businesses”.

A new Business Development Fund is supporting up to 12 creative hubs to form over the next three years, each hub encouraging creative companies to share premises, collaborate and showcase their products.

Upcycling Creative Hub

Every hub will have a different creative focus and will receive subsidised premises costs as they offer a range of shared services including studio space, public workshops and networking opportunities.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We want Renfrewshire to be the place of choice for creative businesses in Scotland and our bid for UK city of culture highlighted the breadth of creative talent across Renfrewshire.

“We know there’s a strong demand for creative spaces, which foster collaboration, and this creative hub fund will enable our creative business sector to flourish right across Renfrewshire.”

Hub businesses will receive support through Renfrewshire’s business hub InCube which has already helped more than 100 creative start-up businesses in the last four years, including 50 through InCube Creative which provides tailored support to a wide range of creative companies including artists, jewellers, graphic designers, milliners and textile experts.

Angela Poultney

Renfrewshire Council Economic Development Manager Ruth Cooper said: “We have the knowledge and expertise to support creative companies and these hubs will provide the platform for established creative businesses to grow sustainably.

“Each hub will not only see the businesses based there help one another, but also provide space for other designers to exhibit and for public workshops to inspire new creatives to realise their ambitions.

“Importantly they are business led and business managed, with our support to assist along the way and we believe this will appeal to existing businesses based in Renfrewshire and also attract more creative companies to relocate here.”

Mark Newlands, head of partnerships at Scottish Enterprise said: “Co-locating in a ‘hub’ environment is a tried and tested method of fostering collaboration and nurturing business growth.

“This latest initiative by Renfrewshire Council will not only help create valuable space for creative businesses across the Renfrewshire region, but will open up fantastic opportunities for like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners to share their knowledge, experience and networks to support greater business growth opportunities.”

The creative hubs complement Start-Up Street, which is set to open on George Street later this year, providing early stage companies with short-term office space as they make the leap into their first commercial premises.

For more information, please call InCube on 0300 300 1180.

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CASE STUDY: Paisley upcycling hub will boost business and the environment

Angela Poultney isn’t one to shirk a challenge.

As she prepares to open the doors to an upcycling hub in Paisley, Angela reflects on the journey that has brought her back to her hometown to follow in the family footsteps.

Her dad Bill ran renowned Morrison’s Furniture Centre which served the town from its George Street premises for almost 50 years, while her brother Roddy owns Morrison’s Bed Centre on Lawn Street.

“I guess I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades, master of none,” jokes Angela. “It all started out helping dad in his shop after school, but since then I’ve worked in so many industries and done so many things.

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“I left for London aged 16 to study ballet, I’ve sold blinds, drove private ambulances, worked in mental health, ran a delicatessen, been in interior design, even won Territorial Army medic of the year.

“I came home four years ago to take care of my dad, who has Alzheimer’s. He’s now in a care home and I began to think about what I’d do next. As my daughter and son-in-law are passionate about the local environment they got me thinking about the damage we’re doing and about the world we’re leaving behind. That drew me towards upcycling furniture, making old stuff look beautiful and saving it from going into landfill.”

Angela completed a series of courses through Invest in Renfrewshire and tapped into the expertise at Business Gateway before opening a shop on Well Street.

Since then, Angela has teamed up with creative artist Anna Piasecka, and is now ready to move into larger premises as she opens Renfrewshire’s first funded creative hub.

She added: “People love coming into our current shop as it’s so colourful and everything is unique so I’m excited about the next chapter.

Anna Piasecka

“Anna and I are forming a new business at new premises complete with a display area, space to run workshops, a messy room and four spaces for other ‘upcycling’ people to rent.

“This is so much more than an upcycling business – I want to support people and give them a purpose, empower them, give them a platform to showcase their creative talents and improve their wellbeing.

“Thanks to the council funding support, for everyone renting a workspace, all the overheads like electricity and water are included at a greatly reduced rate

“The creative hub concept is great – helping to set people up in business and giving people with creative skills the chance to come together and produce products you can’t get anywhere else.”

Find out more about Up Hub on FacebookInstagram and Twitter or email info@uphubworks.com

Erskine Visit

VETERANS from Erskine have enjoyed a day out in Paisley thanks to organisers of the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

Erskine Visit

The visit to well-known attractions in the town was part of the Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine being chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s race events organised by Renfrewshire Leisure on Sunday August 18.

Four residents and two members of staff were given a tour of the town’s museum store, Paisley: The Secret Collection and Paisley Abbey, as both are on the route of the 10k and Fun Run.

Runners taking part in the events – sponsored by sports and outdoors retailer Decathlon – are being encouraged to also raise money for Erskine, which is Scotland’s foremost provider of nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

Erskine’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “As charity partner for the Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run 2019 Erskine was delighted to have our veterans visit part of the travel the route of upcoming Race.  They had a wonderful day.

“Erskine has a long history of community support from the people of Renfrewshire and we, on behalf of our veterans, would like to thank all each and every one for their generosity and kindness.”

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our charity partner this year is a very worthy cause and I hope a lot of money is raised to help the good work they do.

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run are two fantastic events for both the serious and not to serious runners, as well as the families and friends who come out to support them.

“There’s still time to sign up to take part in either of the races.”

You can register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

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Erskine residents will move to their new bin collection service in August as part of a drive to improve recycling and lower the amount of waste sent to landfill.

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The majority of Renfrewshire moved to the new service in December 2018, but a more bespoke approach was required for the Park Mains, Bargarran, Rashielee and North Barr areas of Erskine to accommodate local access issues.

From the end of August, households will use a new green bin or sack to recycle plastic, cans and cartons, while blue bins and sacks will be for paper, card and cardboard only.

Green bins can also accommodate glass while those on a sack collection would continue to take glass to their nearest recycling point.

The blue and green recycling bins or sacks will be collected every two weeks on an alternate basis and the food caddy will continue to be collected weekly.

The grey general waste bin or sack will remain every two weeks in these areas as it has both types of collection and it is not feasible for residents to store sacks for more than two weeks. It is also not cost effective to have different frequencies in such a small area.

Information packs specific to each household in the area will be delivered to ensure residents are fully informed of their new service in advance and will include a service guide, a collection calendar and stickers to be placed onto their bins outlining what goes in each of them.

A series of roadshows will be held in Erskine throughout July in various venues to allow residents to ask any questions and find out more about the new service – with the first one taking place on 9 July at Erskine Library.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’ve been working hard to support residents across Renfrewshire to settle in to the new system and it is beginning to become normal routine for people now.

“Our recycling rate is increasing and we’re seeing less waste being transported to landfill which is extremely encouraging and I thank everyone for doing their bit to recycle as much as they possibly can.

“These areas of Erskine needed a more bespoke approach to ensure that the service can work effectively and we’re confident that residents will adapt just as quickly as the rest of Renfrewshire has.

“If anyone has any questions about the new service, please get in touch and our teams will provide you with all the information you need to move onto the new system quickly and easily.”

To ensure that residents are able to adapt easily to the new service, information on what should go into each bin is provided on the council’s website as well as how to check their next four collections, how to sign up for email reminders of their next collection and how to download a calendar into their phone.

For more information, residents are encouraged to visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/mybins or email mybins@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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A group dedicated to addressing the impact of alcohol and drug use on individuals and families has been set up in Renfrewshire.

The Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership’s Alcohol and Drugs Commission – one of the first of its kind in Scotland – will explore new ways of tackling the issue through hearing first-hand from people who have lived experience of using alcohol and drugs, and their family members, and taking a particular focus on early intervention and prevention.

Comprising key figures from across health and social care, housing, justice, third sector and higher education, the Commission – run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council – will consider policy across areas including the support for people most in need, prevention and early intervention, and recovery.

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Building on Renfrewshire Council’s successful Tackling Poverty Commission and ongoing programme, the Alcohol and Drugs Commission will look at all aspects of addiction and its impact, as opposed to concentrating solely on addiction services, and will identify recommendations to help improve the lives of those affected.

Chaired by Cllr Jacqueline Cameron, the Commission also includes Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Dr Saket Priyadarshi, Associate Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and Jardine Simpson, Chief Executive, Scottish Recovery Consortium.

Cllr Cameron said: “We know the devastating impact that alcohol and drug use has not only on the individuals affected, but also their friends and families and the wider community. We also know we are only dealing with the tip of the iceberg when we support those already in contact with the services available. If we want to make a difference we have to do things differently and as a local authority we are uniquely placed to bring people round the table to help make that difference and find solutions that will work.

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“To continue to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Renfrewshire, and to allow everyone to fulfil their potential, it’s essential for us to identify the people who are in most need of our help. To do this, we need to gain a true picture of how drug and alcohol use is impacting upon the lives of people of all ages and look closely at how we use early intervention and prevention to support people affected by alcohol and drug use.

“The work of the Alcohol and Drugs Commission builds on the work of our previous Tackling Poverty Commission, the findings of which have since delivered real benefits for families across the area.

“By working with partners and agencies across a whole range of services including housing, education, and health and social care, we want to identify key priorities to make a significant difference to Renfrewshire and the people who live here.”

In 2017, there were 934 drug-related deaths across Scotland – 38 of those in Renfrewshire. In the same year, there were 1,120 alcohol-related deaths across Scotland – 44 of those in Renfrewshire.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Alcohol is harming the people of Renfrewshire: not only those with serious alcohol problems but also the many people who are drinking above recommended levels and putting themselves at increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

“At the same time, there are deeply concerning trends in the harm being caused by problem drug use. I am therefore pleased that Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership is taking these issues so seriously and has established this commission to ensure everything that can done to address the problems of drugs and alcohol in this area is being done.”

Jardine Simpson, Chief Executive of the Scottish Recovery Consortium said: “I am excited to be part of the Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drugs Commission. This is an innovative and crucial approach to scoping out how Renfrewshire can enhance its response to problematic drug and alcohol use collectively.

“Under the new Scottish Government Drug and Alcohol Strategy, people with lived experience of problematic substance use and recovery are being placed at the heart of treatment and support responses. The voice of lived experience has much to inform the decision making around problematic substance use and I am encouraged by Renfrewshire’s commitment to this.

“The harms caused by problematic substance use impact on every family, every community and every one of us in Scottish society in 2019. Renfrewshire Council’s whole system approach is commendable and could act as a template for other local authorities across Scotland to improve how they respond to the harms of problematic substance use.”

The Commission is expected to conclude in the new year 2020 and will then report back with a series of findings and recommendations.

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Going by bus in Renfrewshire is now easier and more convenient than ever before due to ongoing efforts to improve information at bus stops.

Renfrewshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) have been working to introduce real-time digital information displays at bus stops, using funding provided by the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme.

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The Paisley – Renfrew – Glasgow corridor is the latest route to benefit from the investment with new displays now live, after similar displays were installed along the A761 Glasgow Road corridor in 2018.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said “It’s great that bus passengers in Renfrewshire will now have high quality information available at more bus stops on when their bus is due.

“We want to ensure that bus services are improved for existing customers and we will continue to work with SPT and McGIlls Buses to make this happen.

“Real time information provides passengers with even more confidence when travelling and will encourage more people to use bus services within Renfrewshire.”

Real-time information gives passengers at the bus stop live updates on the expected arrival of their bus by tracking its actual location and comparing it to the scheduled timetable. If the bus is running late, it will outline how much longer passengers may have to wait.

As well as the system being available at bus stops, real time information can be accessed by the McGills Buses mobile app so passengers can make decisions while on the move or before heading off to the bus stop.

Chair of SPT operations committee David Wilson said: “Having reliable and real time passenger information for passengers is essential.  Quite rightly there is a demand from bus users, local authority colleagues as well as bus operators to ensure up to date service information is available to the travelling public.

“I am delighted we have now established RTPI for bus passengers in Renfrewshire, which should make their experience of using public transport much better, offering a very viable alternative to the car. I’d also remind passengers that for any stops that do not have displays, real time bus information is available via the Traveline Scotland app and website.”

The effectiveness and quality of the new displays will be continually monitored to ensure they provide an accurate, high-quality service for passengers.

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We are promising a day out of this world in Paisley town centre this summer with our Bricks in Space Summer Trail!

Following on from the success of Jurassic Bricks last summer, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a space-themed LEGO® Brick Space Trail.

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Running from Saturday 29th June until Tuesday 13th August, there will be seventeen fantastic LEGO® Brick models spread throughout town centre businesses as well as an interactive play zone and a selfie zone.

The town centre will be divided up into different galaxies with special hidden items which will orbit different businesses within each galaxy on a weekly basis.

Armed with their space passports, the mission will be to travel through the four galaxies to find all the Space models, plus there will be stickers, activity sheets and goodies to collect as families make their way around the town.

See our website HERE for more details…

Plus we will also be running our summer Golden Ticket Competition!

Simply make a purchase in Paisley town centre, complete the Golden Ticket postcard you are given and post in one of our Golden Postboxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre or Paisley Shopping Centre for your chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

There will be six lucky winners between Saturday 29th June and Monday 12th August, Good Luck!

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PUPILS from Renfrewshire have won the Inter Authority Athletics Championship.

They competed against fellow secondary school pupils from East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

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The victorious Renfrewshire team of 85 competitors came from Park Mains High; Johnstone High; Linwood High; Renfrew High; St Andrew’s Academy; Paisley Grammar, Castlehead High and Gleniffer High.

They took part in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 300 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres races, as well as long jump, high jump and shot putt. They also competed in relay races for boys and girls for S1 to S3 pupils in championships recently held in Greenock.

The competitors won their way into the Inter Authority Championships team after Renfrewshire Leisure organised its own athletics competition for local secondary schools.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Well done to the pupils who took first place overall winning lots of medals in the process.

“We encourage young people to make sport and physical activity a part of their lives and hopefully they will carry on taking part in sport as they grow older.”