Paisley and Renfrewshire Newsletter

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A secondary school pupil from Paisley will help influence the future of sporting activity in Scotland.

Fionn Gavin, aged 17 and a sixth-year student at St Andrew’s Academy, has been selected to sit on the sportscotland Young People’s Sports Panel for the next two years.

He will join other young people from all over Scotland to influence the future and raise the profile of sport in the country.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team had supported four local pupils in their application to sit on the panel with two getting to the final stages of selection.

Fionn’s has been asked to join the panel out of more than 150 young people who applied.

Fionn said: “When I got the phone call saying I had been selected for the panel I was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn’t believe it.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know my fellow peers on the panel and I can’t wait to get started to work as a team to make a difference to sport in Scotland.

“I am very grateful to my Active Schools Coordinators, David Rose and Erin Campbell along with the teachers in my PE Department, at St Andrew’s for helping me to become involved and pushing me to succeed in something I love.”

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “The Young People’s Sport Panel provides a national platform to represent the voice of young people across Scotland.

“The programme’s principle is that young people’s views are heard and valued and they have the opportunity to influence decision-making and drive change.

“Fionn has been involved with the Active Schools programme from a young age and has shown great commitment to sport. He has all the credentials to become a valued member of the panel and we are delighted he has been selected.

“He will also continue to work with groups in Renfrewshire to raise awareness and promote sporting activity.”fionn gavin

dee dental

Update from Dee dental paisley this week as we near closer to Christmas! We are open throughout except the public holidays through this time call NHS24 on 111 for any pain/problems.

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  1. For our lovely patients that have been bonded up with Invisalign this week a gift from us to keep those nashers clean only the best with an Oral B electric brush

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Johnstone 8.12.20-6758

Landmark locations at the heart of Renfrew and Johnstone town centres are being lit up – as part of a collection of projects aimed at bringing new life to Renfrewshire’s town centres.

The projects have been delivered by Renfrewshire Council using the area’s share of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, intended to improve town centres across the country by encouraging new investment and uses for vacant buildings and spaces.

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Renfrewshire initially received £1.46m from the fund in 2019, for which a series of projects in Renfrew, Johnstone, Paisley and Erskine were put into action, with some now complete.

A further £527,000 was allocated earlier this year when the government added extra money to the fund to help town centres bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Projects which have already been delivered or are nearing completion include:

– new and improved lighting around Renfrew Town Hall and Johnstone’s Houstoun Square. The same fund also paid for new Christmas lights in Johnstone, with the additions to Renfrew Town Hall complementing recent investment in the town’s festive displays through the Renfrew Common Good Fund;

– new lighting added to Renfrew’s Bascule Bridge, with work to add new lighting, wayfinding and CCTV to Robertson Park now partly-complete and due to be finished in the spring;

– work to tidy up the gap site at the corner of Johnstone’s High St and McDowall St;

– refurbishments to vacant shop units at George Street, Paisley, and High Street and McDowall St in Johnstone, plus external improvements to vacant shop units at Renfrew’s Dunlop Crescent;

– a new storage area for commercial waste at 55 High St, Paisley;

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The fund is also being used to provide grants to three local community groups to support ongoing work to bring vacant buildings back into use. Each of the following projects is expected to be complete by the end of 2021:

– PACE Theatre’s plans to refurbish Paisley’s former Mannequins nightclub to create a new theatre, called Exchange;

– Active Communities ongoing work to bring the former police station in Johnstone’s Quarry Street back into use as a community hub;

– the conversion of the former toilet block in Renfrew’s Robertson Park into a cycle hub by Kustom Kruisers;

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The council’s leadership board this month also approved a list of additional projects for the second tranche of money to go on, which included:

– a grant to allow the Erskine Arts charity to set up a base within Erskine Leisure Centre;

– funding to extend the council’s Start-up Street hub for new creative businesses to Renfrew as a new use for the vacant units in Dunlop Crescent;

– outdoor improvements to Paisley’s Shuttle St to help support the hospitality businesses in the street, including new a canopy of lighting and a new bin store area

– additional funding for an already-planned refurbishment of upper-floor tenements at 3 County Place, Paisley – a prominent building facing Gilmour St station which has fallen into disrepair;

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As the additional money needs to be committed by March 2021, the projects above were chosen as ones which had already been scoped out and could go on site in the next few months.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Ensuring our town centres are attractive places for people to live, work and invest is a big priority for the council.

“We are very mindful how hard the past year has been for town centres everywhere – we are determined to do all we can to support our traders and communities and this support from the Scottish Government is very welcome.

“We carefully considered which projects would be eligible for the funding and would have the most impact in terms of attracting new uses and investment across all our town centres.

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“The work has been happening since last year and we are delighted people are now starting to see the results of it – with the new lighting in Renfrew and Johnstone being the most eye-catching of the projects, and ones which have been well-received.

“And there will be plenty more for people to look forward to in 2021 as projects to bring vacant buildings back into use and improve the look of our outdoor spaces are completed.”

Residents are being encouraged to recycle effectively this Christmas to help deal with the extra packaging and food waste that comes with the festive period.

Renfrewshire Council is asking residents to use all of their recycling bins correctly and as fully as possible, with recycling a key part in ensuring there is enough space for rubbish in between collections.

The council’s top tips include:

  • Flatten all cardboard boxes to create room in your blue bin
  • Left over festive food should go into the brown bin or food caddy – you’ll be surprised how much space that will save in your grey bin
  • Whether it’s mulled wine or a hot toddy, any cans or bottles should go into your green bin
  • Paper, card and cardboard is your blue bin, but polystyrene and plastic wrapping is your grey bin
  • Has it got glitter or foil? Then it’s not recyclable.
  • Tinsel, baubles and fairy lights go into your black bin as they can’t be recycled.
  • Recycle your real Christmas tree from 4 to 10 January at Barshaw, Lochwinnoch, Barwood and Thomas Shanks Public Parks, or at the recycling centre at Underwood Road.

Renfrewshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are open as normal every day for residents to dispose of any extra waste that Christmas brings, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when they are closed.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We all know the amount of packaging and food waste that Christmas can bring so it’s important that we get rid of it correctly – and that means recycling.

“If you only use your grey bin, then you’ll run out of space quickly over the festive period so make sure your recycling bins are used to full effect and correctly as contamination ruins all your hard work.

“It’s important that we recognise the impact that waste can have on our environment so please let’s work together to recycle as much as possible this Christmas.

“Our recycling centres are open almost every day throughout the festive period, so please use these too if you find Santa’s been extra good to you this year.”

The bin collection service in Renfrewshire is running as normal throughout the period, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when residents will have a different collection.

Grey, brown and food waste bins will be collected on 26 December and 2 January instead, while blue and green recycling bins will be collected on 27 December and 3 January.

Properties with shared bins such as flats and commercial customers will have their bins collected one day earlier than normal from 21 December, with collections returning to normal from 4 January. This excludes food waste collections which will remain the same except from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, where they will be collected one day later.

All other bin collections will see no change and be collected as normal.

For more information on bin collection or recycling in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/mybins or email ei@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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16 to 24 years olds urged to check if they are eligible

 Young people starting work, or who have started a job in the last three months, including temporary Christmas jobs, are being encouraged to check if they qualify for Job Start Payment.

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The one-off cash payment of £250 is open to 16-24 year olds who have been out of paid work and on a qualifying benefit for at least six months – the payment rises to £400 if the person has a child.

The job must average 12 hours per week, over a 4 week period but it does not need to be permanent.

The money can be spent on anything they need like travel costs, lunches, tools or new clothes.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“COVID-19 has had a major impact on the job market and this is expected to have a significant impact on prospects for many young people.

“We don’t want the costs of starting a new job to be what stops people taking up opportunities.

“Even if the young person has already started in their new role – including seasonal work – they can still apply for Job Start Payment for up to three months after their start date.

“I strongly encourage any young people who have recently started a new job or about to start a new job to check if they are eligible for Job Start Payment and apply now.”

Andrew, 24, from Paisley who received the Job Start Payment said:

“I was going to struggle to buy a monthly bus ticket and good clothes for the job along with providing for my family.

“I got the payment, which has allowed me to take up the offer of employment without having to worry about money.

“The Job Start Payment meant that I didn’t need to decide between providing for my family or starting a new job”

 Background

 

  • People can find out more and apply through mygov.scot or by calling 0800 182 2222
  • The person must have been out of paid work and in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits (Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit) for six months or more at the time of the job offer.
  • If they are a care leaver, they can access this support up to 25 years of age. They also just need to be on a qualifying benefit when they get the job offer, they don’t need to have been in receipt of this benefit for a set time period.
rainbow nursery

The show must go on as they say and Rainbow Nursery took those words to heart and made a fantastic movie, we were sent this in last night and its fun just pure fun, well worth a watch for any age… Here is the message I received and video from last night.

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Louise Borris: Hi there I work in a little nursery on Paisley called Rainbow. Due to Covid restrictions, our annual Christmas Show was cancelled, and as we could not get out into the community to spread festive cheer, the 3-5 room decided to go digital and put a 2020 twist on this years show. Turns out our show is very popular and has succeeded in getting some Christmas cheer out into the wider community. We thought you might like a look at our superstars and hoped that you could also share our show out there to help us bring a smile to as many people as possible, everyone could do with a smile this year.

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Funding towards building a new state-of-the-art community campus to replace the existing Paisley Grammar School has been welcomed by Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson.

The Scottish Government has announced that Paisley Grammar School is one of 25 schools across Scotland to receive funding from phase two of the £1bn Learning Estate Investment Programme.

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The committed funding from Scottish Government will be added to committed funding from the council towards building a new school with state-of-the-art technology, enhanced drama, performance, media and learning facilities and high-quality sports and outdoor areas.

Cllr Paterson said: “The announcement of additional funding for a Paisley Grammar Community Campus is very welcome. It’s good to know this funding is available to draw from if councillors approve the relocation proposals.

“Ensuring that all children and young people have the best learning environment possible is vital to ensure every pupil has the facilities and opportunities to reach their potential.”

The former Chivas site on Renfrew Road remains the preferred site to relocate the school. Parents pupils and the wider school community were consulted on proposals to relocate the school to this site in October this year.

Their responses, along with a recommendation to proceed, will go to councillors at the Education and Children’s Services Policy Board for consideration. If they approve the proposals, work will begin to take them forward.

Cllr Paterson added: “Councillors will carefully consider all the responses received from the school community early next year.”

To read the full consultation, visit www.renfrewshire,gov.uk/PaisleyGrammarConsultation on the council’s website.

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Buddie the Lion, the Paisley First mascot, has gone global with an autograph request this week received all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas in America! 

Buddie received the request from a young fan, Ramsey McWilliams, who is on a  quest to collect mascot autographs from all across the world. 

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Needless to say, Buddie was only too happy to help out and a signed autograph of Paisley’s favourite lion is now winging its way to Ramsey in the  US of A! 

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Buddie said: “Hopefully one day Ramsey and his family will be able to visit the  best town in the world which is of course Paisley!  

“In the meantime, I would like to wish all my friends here in Paisley, in Scotland and across the globe, a safe and Happy Christmas! 

“Looking forward to seeing everyone here in Paisley next year!”

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SCHOOL pupils have transformed the streets of Gallowhill into a colourful celebration of Christmas.

Almost 300 drawings and paintings by children from St Catherine’s and Gallowhill Primary schools have been displayed on lamp posts around the Paisley neighbourhood from Friday, December 18 to Friday, January 8.

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Newly-formed community group, Feel Good Gallowhill – who came up with the idea for a Children’s Festive Arts Trail to bring some festive cheer to the area – was supported by Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team in turning the concept into reality.

Now residents can enjoy seeing the drawings and paintings of Christmas scenes everywhere they go along the Active Communities 5k Walking Route through Gallowhill.

Chairperson of the Feel Good Gallowhill group, Tracey Kerr said: “We’d like to thank the pupils from Gallowhill and St Catherine primaries for all their amazing artwork. Without that the art trail wouldn’t be happening and we hope it brightens up the community this Christmas.

“We’re a newly-formed group of volunteers who want to make Gallowhill better for the kids and give them something to do while trying to regain a sense of community spirit.

“Our group wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Families First and Active Communities and it’s a huge thank you to Kate Drummond from Renfrewshire Leisure for all her hard work.”

Head teacher at St Catherine’s Primary, Emma Henry said: “When we were asked to participate in the Festive Art Trail we jumped at the chance.

“Not only did this allow our pupils the opportunity to showcase their fantastic art talents, but it gave us the opportunity to spread a little festive cheer throughout Gallowhill.

“Our place within our community is very important to us, so being involved in local initiatives such as this throughout the year is something we relish.

“This experience has provided us with a further opportunity to teach our pupils about the importance of being good citizens.”

Sheila Hood, head teacher at Gallowhill Primary said: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed creating their pieces of artwork and were so excited to see them appearing on lamp posts.

“It is really important for us as a school to contribute to our local community and if our Christmas pictures put a smile on the face of even just one person then our efforts have been worthwhile.”

Kate Drummond, Visual Arts Project Producer at Renfrewshire Leisure said: “These bright and joyous drawings and paintings will certainly brighten up the streets of Gallowhill.

“We also hope that the Festive Trail will encourage people to get out and about during the holidays with family and friends to enjoy a socially-distanced walk around the walking trail.

“And if you are a Gallowhill resident interested in making good things happen in your community, we’d encourage you to join the Feel Good Gallowhill group.

“The project forms part of our Future Paisley neighbourhood work in Gallowhill, West End, Glenburn and Foxbar.”

Future Paisley is a programme of economic, social and physical regeneration building on the work already done to use Paisley’s internationally-significant culture and heritage story to change its fortunes.

Go to https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/childrens-festive-art-trail for more information about the project.

Scotland Loves Local message hits the road with The Malcolm Group

Haulage firm shows its support for drive urging shoppers to think local first

The Malcolm Group has thrown its weight behind the Scotland Loves Local campaign – with two specially-branded trailers hitting the road.

They promote the drive for Scots shoppers to think local first as part of efforts to support their community and the country’s financial fightback from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Running out of the firm’s Linwood headquarters in Renfrewshire, they are now being used to make deliveries across the country – within all coronavirus safety rules – to help keep essential industries moving.

Andrew Malcolm, CEO of The Malcolm Group, said: “As we’ve gone about our work, we’ve seen close up throughout the pandemic the amazing lengths to which local businesses have gone to help their communities.

“Our team is greatly appreciative of the dedication shown by the people who work in local businesses. In so many ways we have supported each other – our drivers, as key workers themselves, doing their bit to keep supplies moving, and the local shops being there to keep them stocked with essentials too.

“That’s why, as a family-owned business ourselves, we’re delighted to be able to show our support for the Scotland Loves Local campaign. By us all thinking local first, we can make a real difference to our communities.”

The Malcolm Group knows the value of local support, having started out as a community business itself in the 1920s  with a horse and cart making local deliveries in  and around Johnstone.

Scotland Loves Local is led by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), with the support of the Scottish Government.

Rhona Brown, STP’s Membership Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have a company with WH Malcolm’s profile showing its support for Scotland Loves Local and thank them for taking the time to brand these trailers.

“The reaction we’ve had to the campaign across the country has been fantastic – and I’m sure many people will be keeping a close eye out for these trailers as they pass through their communities.”

People who spot the trailers in their towns are being urged to share pictures on social media using the hashtags #LoveLocalTrailers and #MalcolmsLovesLocal.

For more information about getting involved with the Scotland Loves Local campaign, go to www.lovelocal.scot.