Paisley’s Business Improvement District

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Paisley First is calling on members of the public to show their backing for their Free for Three campaign in an effort to have it rolled out across the town! 

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The Paisley town centre Business Improvement District launched a campaign calling on Renfrewshire Council to offer free parking for three hours within Paisley town centre Mondays to Fridays, at the end of 2018. 

As a result, a Free for Three pilot project is in place in six car parks – Hunter Street Upper, Hunter Street Lower, Oakshaw, Orchard Street, School Wynd and Weighhouse Close. 

Chair of Paisley First, Colette Cardosi, said:” The pilot scheme is scheduled to run until the end of January 2020 and feedback will be crucial to our campaign to have Free for Three rolled out across the town centre on a permanent basis. 

“If we can achieve this, then visitors to the town will be entitled to three hours free parking Monday – Saturday in all council owned car parks, which will also help to put town centre businesses on a level playing field with places like Braehead and the Wallneuk Retail Park who both offer free parking. 

“With visitor attractions such as Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall also now closed for a number of years for refurbishment, it is crucial that the negative impacts felt by local businesses are mitigated against. 

“Feedback from both visitors and local businesses alike has shown that time-limited free parking can make a difference in encouraging more people into Paisley town centre. 

“If we can have it rolled out throughout the town centre on a permanent basis, this could be a real game-changer for Paisley.” 

Whilst not part of Paisley First’s Free for Three Campaign, Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce charges on Saturdays in all council-owned car parks, apart from the six pilot car parks which still offer the first three hours free, as analysis has shown a lack of availability of spaces in the town centre with many people using it as a park and ride facility. 

The on-street parking areas that were free on Saturdays are still free, you can also get three hours free in the pilot scheme car parks, and the large car park at the council’s HQ is still free all day on a Saturday too. 

Members of the public can complete a short paper survey inside many of the town’s businesses, or complete an online version of the feedback survey via the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com.

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Revellers are being advised to stay safe during the festive season by ensuring they only use licensed taxis and private hire cars to get home from a night out.

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Renfrewshire Council is offering advice to partygoers now that the festive season is underway, advising that anyone heading out in Renfrewshire should:

  • Book their taxi home in advance;
  • Use a taxi or private hire company they are familiar with;
  • Only get in the taxi they have booked to take them home;
  • Make sure that their taxi is displaying Renfrewshire Council plates and licence stickers, with the drivers badge visible in the car too.

There are several private hire car companies in Paisley, Johnstone, Linwood, Renfrew and Erskine, and all hires must be pre-booked in advance.

Councillor John McNaughtan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Policy Board, said: “The festive season brings more nights out for people than normal and while it is an enjoyable time of year, we want to ensure everyone is safe at all times.

“Getting to and from a night out can be tricky so it is important that everyone follows the advice given and only uses licensed taxis or private hire cars to get home.

“While it can be tempting to ask a private hire car on the street to take you home, please only get into the one you have booked and, where possible, arrange this before you head out for the evening.

“You can flag down one of our taxis, which are all white in colour and rank at Glasgow Airport and Gilmour Street, and they will have their details clearly displayed to ensure they are recognisable as a Renfrewshire Council taxi.

If you are unhappy about the conduct of a taxi or private hire driver, you should contact the Council’s Civic Government Enforcement Officer on 0300 300 0300 or the Police on 101.

You can ask to see the driver’s badge and note the number. Alternatively, you should note the plate number or registration number of the vehicle.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/taxisandprivatehires.

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Paisley is the place to be this Christmas with WinterFest just one of the highlights to help get you in the mood for the festive season!

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Running until 30th December, our outdoor ice rink is back, and our big wheel is lighting up the Paisley skyline yet again!

Don’t forget there’s a 20% discount on ice skating for those who can show proof of a PA postcode at the ticket office, or who have a valid Young Scot card.

Family favourites such as the Rudolph coaster, carousel and the Wave Swinger have also returned as well as the Fire Pit and ever-popular Nutella House.

Visitors to Paisley town centre can also see a very special Santa and his reindeers…taking three months to build, and using 700,000 LEGO® Bricks, you can even sit next to Santa on his sleigh for a Christmas selfie!

Our free festive trail is the Christmas Bricklive spectacular, the Paisley Penguin Parade Trail – follow the trail of penguins around the town centre, naming all our penguins as you go,  find our Christmas Emperor Penguin to claim your festive treat and enter our prize draw!

Trail maps and entry forms are available in the Piazza and Paisley Shopping Centres along with our Paisley Guide to Christmas, giving you the lowdown on the best places to shop, socialise and get ready for Christmas!

Remember, around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

And follow Paisley First on social media @PaisleyFirst to take part in our 12 Days of Christmas Competition with fantastic prizes from local businesses up for grabs every day in the run up to Christmas, starting tomorrow!

Love Christmas? Love Paisley!

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Head to Paisley town centre this Christmas and grab this festive season’s must-have Selfie with Santa! 

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Made from more than half a million LEGO® bricks and taking more than three months to build, you can see this amazing creation on Paisley High St until 2nd January, and even sit next to Santa for a Christmas pic like no other! 

As part of BRICKLIVE Christmas, families can also complete the Paisley Penguin Parade Trail – also made from thousands of LEGO® bricks. 

Just follow the trail of penguins around the town centre, naming all our penguins as you go, and find our Christmas Emperor Penguin to claim your festive treat and enter our prize draw! 

Trail maps and entry forms are available now in our Paisley Guide to Christmas, available in the Piazza and Paisley Shopping Centres. 

Paisley has also welcomed the return of WinterFest – our outdoor ice rink is back, and our big wheel is lighting up the Paisley skyline yet again! 

Don’t forget there’s a 20% discount on ice skating for those who can show proof of a PA postcode at the ticket office, or who have a valid Young Scot card. 

Family favourites such as the Rudolph coaster, carousel and the Wave Swinger have returned, as well as the Fire Pit and ever-popular Nutella House. 

And not forgetting our Christmas Golden Ticket Competition – collect a free Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre and you could be one of four lucky winners winning £500 of town centre gift vouchers! 

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses. 

Our first lucky winner has already been drawn, our next Christmas draws will take place on 30th November and 7th and 14th December! 

Our Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition also launches on 30th November, Small Business Saturday, giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Christmas window display. 

And follow Paisley First on social media @PaisleyFirst to take part in our 12 Days of Christmas Competition with fantastic prizes from local businesses up for grabs every day in the run up to Christmas. 

Love Christmas? Love Paisley! 

 

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Renfrew Christmas Lights

Renfrew will shine bright this Saturday, 23 November, as the Christmas lights are switched on in the town.

The festivities in the town centre kick off at 12pm and there’s a sleigh-load of free family fun on offer to keep even the littlest elf entertained.

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Renfrew Town Hall will be busy hosting free face painting and a balloon artist until 4pm, and you can catch Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre’s performance of Lost Bears’ Christmas at 12pm and 1pm.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without carols and Renfrew Burgh Band will be hosting their annual Christmas carol concert in Renfrew Town Hall from 3pm.

Santa will be waiting in his grotto to hear what’s on your Christmas list this year – you can find him inside the Renfrew Christian Fellowship Hall until 4pm. Don’t forget to say hello to Rudolph and his friends!

From 3pm-5pm, local performers will showcase their talents on the main stage – hosted by Pulse FM – before the big switch on.

There’s something for the thrill seekers too, with a funfair located in Charles Avenue car park until 6:30pm.

Research shows around 65p from every pound spent in the local area stays in the local area and Renfrewshire Council are encouraging visitors to the event to take part in the Spend Local campaign and support the wide range of businesses on offer in Renfrew town centre.

At 5pm, the lights will be switched on and the sky above Renfrew will be lit up with a spectacular fireworks display.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost Cathy McEwan will be there to switch on the lights. She said: “Our winter events season is in full swing and it’s brilliant having all this activity in the heart of the town centre.

“There’s fantastic entertainment on all afternoon – with carol singing, face painting, Santa’s reindeer and more, finishing with an unmissable fireworks display.

“This year I’ll be joined by competition winner Mairead from St James’ Primary to switch on the lights and I’d love to see you all there too.”

For more information on events in Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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In November 2018, Paisley First launched a campaign calling on Renfrewshire Council to offer free parking for three hours within Paisley town centre Mondays to Fridays. 

As a result, a Free for Three pilot project is in place in six car parks – Hunter Street Upper, Hunter Street Lower, Oakshaw, Orchard Street, School Wynd and Weighhouse Close. 

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Whilst not part of our Free for Three Campaign, Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce charges on Saturdays in all council-owned car parks, apart from the six pilot car parks which still offer the first three hours free, as analysis has shown a lack of availability of spaces in the town centre with many people using it as a park and ride facility. 

The on-street parking areas that were free on Saturdays are still free, you can also get three hours free in the pilot scheme car parks, and the large car park at the council’s HQ is still free all day on a Saturday too. 

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The pilot scheme is scheduled to run until the end of January 2020 and feedback will be crucial to our campaign to have Free for Three rolled out across the town centre on a permanent basis. 

If we can achieve this, then visitors to the town will be entitled to three hours free parking Monday – Saturday in all council owned car parks, which will also help to put town centre businesses on a level playing field with other Renfrewshire town centres. 

Chair of Paisley First, Colette Cardosi, said:” Everyone is all too aware of the challenges facing town centres up and down the country, we see it daily in the media. With visitor attractions such as Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall also now closed for a number of years for refurbishment, it is crucial that the negative impacts felt by local businesses are mitigated against. 

“Feedback from both visitors and local businesses alike has shown that time-limited free parking can make a difference in encouraging more people into Paisley town centre. 

“If we can have it rolled out throughout the town centre on a permanent basis, this could be a real game-changer for Paisley.” 

We are calling on the public to help us by taking our feedback survey, accessible via our website www.paisleyfirst.com, or by clicking https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8TPC78B.

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If you are heading to Paisley’s Halloween Festival this weekend, don’t forget to check out the town centre’s Halloween Sculptures. 

You may have already seen the fantastic animal sculptures dotted around the town centre this year, but have you seen them dressed for Halloween yet? 

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To celebrate Paisley’s Halloween Festival, these sculptures made from recycled materials have been transformed into witches, ghouls and a pumpkin to name just a few. 

Their new outfits have also been created with recycled materials, all with a resin coating to make them waterproof. 

Created by local artist Kevin Cantwell, there are seven stunning sculptures including a unicorn, highland cow and a heron but you will need to visit them during October in Paisley town centre to see how they have been transformed! 

Our visitors are dotted around the town and are available on a new Halloween trail map for those wishing to find all of these unique sculptures. Pick up your leaflet from either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre today! 

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Plus pick up a Golden Ticket and you could win £500 towards your Christmas shopping! 

We have £500 each of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners in the run up to the festive season with our Christmas Golden Ticket Competition! 

Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of our Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could be one of our lucky winners! 

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses. 

Golden Tickets are available now in Paisley town centre businesses with our draws taking place on 23rd and 30th November and 7th and 14th December, just the thing to help you with your Christmas shopping! 

Just one of the perks of shopping and socialising in Paisley town centre this Winter! Good Luck!

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For the first time, this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will feature a spooky silent disco where party-goers can show off their best Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves.

Part of the award-winning annual festival, taking place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, the open-air silent disco, delivered by Silent Knights, is a family-friendly activity promising plenty of dancing, DJs, singing and a whole lot of Halloween fun.

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Taking place in the heart of the town in Dunn Square, there will be a series of 40-minute sessions for families and festival-goers to head along to over the two-day event. They will be provided with wireless headphones and can select their tunes of choice.

There will also be two relaxed disco slots suitable for those with additional support needs and their families and carers. During these time slots the music will be turned down in the headphones and there will be more room to dance around. These sessions will take place on Friday from 5pm to 5.40pm and Saturday 2pm to 2.40pm. A walk-in Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the POP store in the Piazza Shopping Centre during the festival. This will be a relaxed space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers.

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Event DJs will be spinning tracks over three channels from Halloween hits to classic Ibiza dance anthems and pro-dancers will be on hand with classic dance moves that will keep everyone moving all day long.

The festival is being delivered in partnership with acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou. There will be plenty of opportunities for people to join in the fun with a huge range of Halloween-themed activities including the dark circus style Halloween parade, aerial performances, workshops, street theatre and musical performances, scary movie screenings, live stage acts, creepy installations and a Halloween Fun Fair.

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Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The popular Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in Renfrewshire’s annual calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bolder and this year is no exception.

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“The Silent Disco is sure to be another exciting addition to the creative programme, drawing festival-goers right into the heart of Paisley town centre and offering a fantastic, fun, family experience.

“The support of partners like EventScotland has helped us grow our ambitious major events programme and establish the town as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years. We look forward to continuing to deliver top class events in Renfrewshire in the future.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate for this year’s event.

The Silent Disco is accessible for all abilities and is recommended for ages 4 and over but all ages are welcome. Under 2s do not require a ticket but cannot be provided with headphones.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids (under 14 years old). A family ticket (two adults and two kids) is available for £14. Prices include booking fees.

To book tickets for the Paisley Halloween Festival Silent Disco please visit: www.paisley.is/discover/silentdisco/.  To find out more about the event please visit www.paisley.is/halloween.