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Johnstone Town Hall

Renfrewshire Council has prepared draft strategies to support the roles of Erskine, Johnstone, Linwood, and Renfrew as thriving town centres that meet the needs of their residents, businesses and visitors.

Johnstone Town Hall

The draft Centre Strategies explain the role and strengths of each centre, looking at the potential for future enhancement and asking for views on priorities for action and opportunities for change. They are still in draft form and awaiting the views and ideas of residents, businesses and community groups before plans can be agreed and put into action.

Councillor Terry Kelly. Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for local people to shape their town centres. We are ambitious for every community in Renfrewshire and have already invested in improvements in all four of these towns. It is important that the people who live and work in Erskine, Johnstone, Linwood and Renfrew can be part of determining the character and continuing success of their town centres.”

Residents, businesses and community groups with an interest in taking part, can find copies of the draft Town Centre Strategies at their local library or at Renfrewshire Council’s Customer Contact Centre, Cotton Street, Paisley. They can also request a copy, get further information, or contribute their views by telephoning 0300 300 0144 or emailing towncentrestrategies@renfrewshire.gov.uk. All strategies are also available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/towncentrestrategies.

The British Cycling Youth National Circuit Race Championship Paisley 2015

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Photographs from the British Cycling Youth National Circuit Race Championships which was hosted in Paisley on Sunday 12 July 2015 for the first time Scotland had ever hosted the prestigious race.

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All photographs taken courtesy of Ian McDonald Photography for www.paisley.org.uk

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Hundreds of residents enjoyed getting up close to vintage vehicles when the ever-popular Fire Engine Rally rolled into Johnstone at the weekend.

Big crowds descended on Houstoun Square for a full afternoon of family fun as emergency vehicles old and new gathered in the town centre.

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All photographs taken courtesy of Ian McDonald Photography for www.paisley.org.uk

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SOME of the world’s top junior curlers are heading for the intu Braehead Curling Arena to battle it out on the ice.

There will be 12 boys and 12 girls teams taking part in the prestigious intu Braehead Junior International between September 4 and 6, which is the Scottish leg of the European Junior Curling Tour.

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Total prize money is £2000 and junior curlers from Norway, Switzerland and Sweden will join Scots and English curlers on the ice.

Curling coach and one of the tournament organisers, Alan Hannah said: “The facilities and high standard of ice at the intu Braehead Curling Rink will give these junior curlers the experience of playing in world-class competition conditions.

“It will simulate what they would experience if they were playing in the World Junior Championships being held in Turkey, next year.”

General manager for intu Braehead Leisure, Scott Martin said:
“We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the best junior curlers around to our rink at intu Braehead.

“We’re proud to be able not only host, but sponsor this prestigious tournament and that’s down to the fantastic curling facility we have and the expertise of our ice staff at intu Braehead.

“You can be assured that the competitors will have an excellent ice surface to curl on and after the games they can enjoy some of the best shopping and leisure attractions in Scotland in the adjacent shopping centre and the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.”

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Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has congratulated Johnstone Pipe Band and his constituent from Inchinnan, Pipe Major Keith Bowes, after obtaining 1st prize in Grade 2 and 9thfor Grade 4 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow at the weekend – the most successful year in the Pipe Band’s history.

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The World Pipe Band Championships were attended by 230 pipe bands and 8,000 pipers and drummers from across the world to Glasgow Green compete in the competitions.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Congratulations to Johnstone Pipe Band on their most successful year in their history – and a special congratulations to Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jnr on an outstanding start to his new role.

“I am immensely proud that Johnstone Pipe Band, whose drummers and pipers come from across Renfrewshire, are going from strength to strength after their success at the Scottish, British, UK and European Championships.”

Keith Bowes, the Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Pipe band, added:

“I was shocked when we won because it was my first year as the Pipe Major after taking over from my Dad, who served for 20 years, last year.

“It is quite fitting that my Dad won Grade 3A last year and I’ve picked up the baton and we’ve won Grade 2 this year.

“This is a newly formed band and this is the first year that we have competed in Grade 4, so to secure 9th place is brilliant.”

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Following the green light given to Renfrewshire’s £274million City Deal projects, the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley City Deal Cabinet has approved the first stage of funding for £918million worth of infrastructure. At a meeting yesterday, the Cabinet approved the business cases for major projects in six of the eight local authorities who are part of City Deal.

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West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Councils all joined Renfrewshire to unlock funding for transport links and land developments.

Renfrewshire’s economic potential will be realised by three investments: the Airport Investment Area which will encourage dynamic business growth; the Renfrew Riverfront which will see a bridge and new roads connecting Renfrew to Yoker; and the Airport Access Project to connect Glasgow City Centre with Glasgow Airport. These projects will improve Renfrewshire’s links with the region and wider transport networks. Crucially, they will also ‘join up’ our economic assets to create a unique and stimulating environment for growing and relocating businesses.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: “These are exciting times. Renfrewshire’s City Deal projects will optimise our economic assets to create jobs and business growth.

“The approval of funding for developments throughout the region shows just how significant City Deal is going to be. The three Renfrewshire investments are among the biggest most vital to the whole region’s economic future.

“I am committed to ensuring that Renfrewshire makes the most of City Deal’s opportunities and that we take our place as a driving force in the region’s economy.”

The Airport Investment Zone will be the first local project to break ground. New roads, cycle and foot paths, and a bridge will connect the Airport, Inchinnan and Westway business parks and improve their access to the M8. Plans are also under consideration to extend the investment to link these industrial growth areas with the centre of Paisley, via the Cart corridor. This would create a physical and fruitful connection between businesses, the research facilities at UWS, and the resurgent town centre.

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Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions have had a thumbs-up from the entire Clyde Valley region – as seven other councils agreed to throw their weight behind the town’s bid.

Renfrewshire Council and its partners are currently pulling together the town’s bid for the contest – due to be lodged in 2017, with the winner to be announced that year.

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And that bid received a boost when leaders of the other local authorities working on the £1.13bn Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal project agreed to give their support.

Members of the City Deal Cabinet this week heard a report presented by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan which outlined the full extent of Paisley’s ambitions – and agreed to work together on any opportunities which could help Paisley clinch the title.

The other City Deal councils are Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Paisley is known around the globe thanks to the shawls and the pattern which bears its name – now we want to tell the town’s unique story to the world once again.

“Our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will pull together all of that rich history as well as everything which makes the town great today – such as our central location and links, top-class university, and thriving contemporary cultural scene.

“If the bid was successful it would launch the town into the international spotlight and bring a year of major UK-wide events.

“While that would mean a major economic boost to Paisley and Renfrewshire, those benefits would be filtered throughout the entire West of Scotland region.

“We are already working closely with our partner councils on issues of shared interest through the City Deal, and our City of Culture bid is another massive opportunity to do so.

“The Clyde Valley city region is the heart of Scotland economy, with a population of 1.8m people – to have the weight of that behind us is a real boost for Paisley’s ambitions, and I am delighted to have secured that today.”

The City Deal is funded by the UK and Scottish Governments and the eight councils, and will see a series of major infrastructure projects across the region over the next decade and beyond.

Three are due to take place in Renfrewshire – a surface access project at Glasgow Airport, an airport investment zone for businesses, and a new bridge over the Clyde from Renfrew to Yoker.

So far, Paisley is the only Scottish city to have announced its intention to bid for the City of Culture contest, run by the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Although Paisley doesn’t actually have city status, the competition is open to large towns and urban areas, so Paisley is eligible.

For more information about Paisley’s regeneration and City of Culture bid, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/paisley

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A PRIEST is literally in a race against time to save his church from closure.

Father Frank Hannigan is running in the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run raising funds to help keep St Paul’s RC Church open.
He’s hoping to raise £5000 in sponsorship for completing the course, which will go towards the £30,000 the Paisley church needs by November to pay its annual running costs and guarantee it stays open next year.

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St Paul’s Church – a landmark in the Foxbar housing scheme for generations – was opened in 1964, but a falling population and declining attendances has meant less money coming in.
Already, cost-savings have been made with Masses being held in the church hall during winter to save on the huge heating bills having to open the large main church building.

Fr Hannigan has praised the way parishioners have rallied round with their fundraising efforts to keep the church open. And now he’s doing his bit by pounding the streets of Foxbar as he trains for the Paisley 10k, on Sunday August 30.

The 44-year-old priest explains: “We have a shortfall of £30,000 this year and a lot of hard work has gone into raising this money by November. We are about two-thirds there and I can’t thank enough the people who have raised money for St Paul’s. I’m hoping I can get enough sponsors to help us reach our target.

“If we don’t raise the £30,000 by November, the church could close. So, along with lots of other good people I’m trying to save St Paul’s.

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“In the early 1960s, the people of Foxbar paid to have this church built by going round doors collecting money in tins and wooden boxes. Now we’re fundraising to keep the church open.”
Fr. Hannigan added: “I wanted to do something myself to raise money for the church and after I lost some weight last year, Claire O’Neill, who runs a Metafit class in our church hall that I went to, reckoned I was fit enough to run the Paisley 10k.

“The training certainly hasn’t been the easiest thing I’ve ever done, as I’m not a natural athlete. But I’ve persevered and I’m sure I’ll complete the course.”

Anyone willing to sponsor Fr Hannigan should type #running4stpauls into their internet search engine and that will take you to his Just Giving page.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, who are one of the race organisers, said: “Well done to Fr. Frank for putting himself through the training schedule needed to take part in the Paisley 10k.

“There will be lots of other runners doing the same to raise money for charities and good causes by taking part in the big race, or the shorter fun run, which is much easier to complete.”

There’s also still time to register to take part in the Paisley 10k and 3k Fun Run, sponsored by Hillington Park. Log on to https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/event/Paisley10KRoadRacewithFunRun for an application form.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of residents enjoyed getting up close to vintage vehicles when the ever-popular Fire Engine Rally rolled into Johnstone at the weekend.

Big crowds descended on Houstoun Square for a full afternoon of family fun as emergency vehicles old and new gathered in the town centre.

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This was the second time the annual Renfrewshire Council-run event has taken place in Johnstone – having moved from its previous home in Paisley in 2014.

Visitors young and old had the chance to see machines lovingly kept alive by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust.

The day began with a parade of fire engines from Johnstone Fire Station, down Thorn Brae, to Houstoun Square.

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Local firefighters were hand to demonstrate fire safety, including showing people what the impact can be of a chip pan bursts into flames.

And Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall got in on the action when firefighters showed off their skills to the crowd by cutting her out of a car.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, it was an absolute pleasure to get out and about at the Fire Engine Rally, which is always a really popular event.

“By holding these events in the town centre we are bringing business in for local traders.

“There was a serious safety message on the day as it was a chance for the fire service to meet the public and explain a bit more about the work they do.

“My thanks go to them for helping make the day such a success.”

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A team of long term friends and football buddies were in a league of their own at the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Cup.

Captain Ronald MacDonald, Craig McNeill, Graeme Dobbie, Stewart Hanson and goalkeeper Davie Weir, who played under team name Kenya, kept their eye on the prize to emerge victorious.

Each of the 8 teams chose a Fairtrade producer country as their team name for the tournament to show their support for the cause.

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The winning team are a regular feature in 5-a-side league games in Glasgow, where they play as part of a pool of players under team name Columbia with a record of winning the league 10 times in the last 12 seasons.

Over 70% of footballs are made in Sialkot, Pakistan but only 1% are sold under Fairtrade conditions.

Fair Trade supports farmers and workers to get a fairer deal helping them to reinvest in their business, pay for their children to get an education and support their local community.

Depute Provost John Caldwell awarded the trophy to the winning team. He said: “I would like to congratulate five-man team Kenya on their win at the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Cup. It was a great game of football and the team gave it their all on the pitch.

“While football got us together, the real point in the tournament was to put a spotlight on the fact that almost three-quarters of the world’s footballs are produced in Pakistan but only 1% are sold as Fairtrade. With football our favourite sport here in Scotland, I hope more people will spread the word that Fairtrade really makes a difference to farmers and workers, their families and their communities.”

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