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Three international engineering teams are in the running to build the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde.

The crossing connecting Renfrew to Clydebank and Yoker will require hundreds of construction staff and forms the centre-piece of a major infrastructure project to transform the Clyde waterfront.

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Following an initial selection stage earlier this year, Renfrewshire Council has now invited three bidders to participate in the detailed tendering stage of the procurement process.

These are:

  • ARC – a joint venture of Roadbridge and American Bridge supported by COWI as design partner, whose previous projects include the construction of the iconic Queensferry Crossing and the Tappan Zee Bridge over New York’s Hudson River
  • A Balfour Beatty team, comprising Cleveland Bridge, Qualter Hall and consultants Atkins. They have delivered the Media City Swing Bridge in Salford and are currently replacing the Surf City Swing Bridge in North Carolina.
  • Construction and civil engineering company GRAHAM, working with Hollandia and Ramboll – GRAHAM and Hollandia were both involved in the construction of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin whilst Ramboll led the Design Joint Venture of the Queensferry Crossing.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This project will transform the Clyde waterfront and connect communities on both sides of the river, improving access to jobs, education, hospitals and leisure pursuits. I am very pleased to see this project progressing well and it is no surprise that it has attracted such high calibre teams bidding to secure the design and construction contract.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

Jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project includes a 184 metre-long, twin-leaf cable-stayed swing bridge accommodating vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and opening horizontally for passing ships.

Scottish Government Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “I’m delighted to see the progress being made on the Glasgow City Region Deal as our partners look to drive inclusive economic growth, utilising the Scottish Government’s more than £500 million investment in the area.

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“It’s particularly pleasing that this project will open up access to new opportunities around the River Clyde and help further spread the benefits of our investment made in other key infrastructure locally, such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the upcoming National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.”

UK Government Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “It’s great to see the progress being made on the first and largest growth deal in Scotland, which the UK Government is supporting through its £523 million investment. The funding is already delivering real benefits for people who live and work in the region and this particular crossing will make a huge difference to the Clyde waterfront.

“To date the UK Government has committed more than £1.39 billion of Growth Deal investment to support sustainable growth in Scotland and create jobs and opportunities for the future.”

Leading engineering firm Sweco worked with Kettle Collective – the architects behind the Falkirk Wheel – to draw up initial designs for the bridge which draw on the area’s rich shipbuilding heritage.

Also included in the project is more than 2km of new and improved roads and shared cycle and pedestrian routes, including connections into the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland being developed next to Glasgow Airport.

Each team has received the full tendering pack which comprises more than 750 documents and 300 drawings.

It is anticipated the successful team will be appointed in early 2020 and construction is scheduled to start later that year and be completed in 2022.

“More than 470 people will be involved in the initial construction and a further 2300 jobs are expected to follow over the next decade through the new developments and business growth it attracts,” added Councillor Nicolson.

“Independent analysis ranks it one of the top-performing economic growth projects in the west of Scotland and we’re excited by its economic potential and by the benefits it brings for residents on both sides of the river.”

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a hugely exciting project which will bolster business growth along the Clyde – adding to the significant job opportunities coming to the manufacturing innovation district being developed next to Glasgow Airport.

“I would urge local businesses to ensure they are registered on Public Contracts Scotland as this is where sub-contractor opportunities will be published.

“Renfrewshire has a highly skilled workforce and I’m sure the opportunities ahead will also be of great interest to students at University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland.”

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Renfrewshire residents and workers are being encouraged to do their bit to boost the area’s economy – by spending local.

Renfrewshire Council is launching a Spend Local campaign – to raise awareness of what traders across Renfrewshire have to offer and to help people who live and work here to support them.

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Practical measures being taken will include paid-for advertising, and targeted promotion of what local traders have to offer aimed at a range of groups including visitors, event attendees, council staff, and contractors working on major local building projects.

Research shows around 65p of every pound spent locally will be reinvested in the area – so money spent here will boost all aspects of the local community.

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The campaign is being launched in the same week as a six-moth pilot scheme to offer three hours of free parking in six Paisley town centre car parks kicks off – which aims to measure whether a period of time-limited free parking will help bring more people through the doors of local traders.

The Spend Local campaign is being backed by Paisley town centre’s business improvement district Paisley First – and a number of their members have already given their reasons why people should Spend Local.

Joe Bisland, who owns High Street-based gift shop White Cart Company, said: “Spending locally is incredibly important because when you spend local you help local people and they are the ones who make a difference.

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“It helps people give a good lifestyle to their families. Around 65p of every pound spent in the local economy will stay there – if you don’t spend in the local economy it won’t be there.”

Jen McKay, who owns Café Malatso, said: “We have so many great shops, restaurants and cafes in Paisley – you could spend a full day here. Money spent in Paisley will stay in Paisley – so that means we can invest more money to create more shops and more jobs.

Ken Macdonald, of Houston’s Kiltmakers, added: “In this day and age of the internet, it’s more important than ever to spend locally, where you can get your hands on goods, speak to people who know what they are talking about, and get great service.”

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And council bosses hope the campaign will help support local traders through a period of major investment which will bring huge amounts of new footfall in the years ahead.

Currently, work is under way on a £100m investment in Paisley town centre’s venues and outdoor spaces – including transformations of Paisley Museum and Town Hall which will attract hundreds of thousands of new visitors a year.

And thousands of new jobs are being created through the investment in major infrastructure projects happening through the Glasgow City Region City Deal – which includes the area next to Glasgow Airport become Scotland’s centre of manufacturing excellence, and a new bridge built over the Clyde at Renfrew.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “The years ahead are exciting ones for the local economy with the major investment in Paisley town centre and elsewhere in Renfrewshire.

“Our major events programme – including big days out like the Paisley Halloween Festival and British Pipe band Championship – is already worth nearly £5m a year to the area, and the work we are doing to promote Renfrewshire as a visitor destination is also delivering results.

“But we also appreciate conditions can be hard for local traders due to various factors – some local, some nationwide. So the Spend Local campaign will look at the practical things we can do to promote local businesses now – and to encourage residents and workers to do the same.

“Money spent in the local economy stays in the local economy and benefits everyone – Renfrewshire has a fantastic range of businesses and by promoting what they offer to people who live and work here, everyone in the area will benefit.”

Colette Cardosi, chair of Paisley First, added: “Research on spending by local authorities does indeed show more money spent locally stays in the local economy.

“It is also an ethical choice. When you shop at local butchers, bakers, and greengrocers or farmers’ market, the produce likely had a short field-to-fork journey, reducing carbon footprint.

“Independent shops often stock locally-made items not available elsewhere – and along with artisan markets support entrepreneurs and foster the talents of the next generation.

“Shopping locally also helps build communities. Bookshops, cafes and craft shops drum up custom by hosting book groups, knitting clubs, children’s events and more. If businesses are not supported, local groups tend to disappear.

“Most importantly, the only way a town centre can thrive is with the community, business owners and council united and working together.

“Coming into your town centre to spend locally increases engagement with each other – and participating in the different events, visiting our beautiful buildings and embracing our rich heritage ultimately help us collectively regenerate Paisley town centre and make it prosper once again.”

More information can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/spendlocal

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The Rubix Cubes

THE festive season may be months away, but it’s never too early to plan a party.

Fun-loving revellers are being encouraged to book early so they don’t miss out on a choice of three fantastic Christmas Party Nights, at Johnstone Town Hall, in December.

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The party nights are being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure and as well as great music to dance to a free glass of bubbly and a four-course meal is included in the ticket price.

The first event features Ultimate Jersey Boys group, on Thursday, December 12, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

The popular four-piece vocal harmony group will wow partygoers with their brand of musical nostalgia singing hits by artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons along with songs from the Jersey Boys musical.

Early-bird tickets at only £27, plus booking fee, are available before October 30, which is a saving of £3 on the normal ticket price.

The following night, Friday, December 13, between 7pm and 1am, it’s a Back To The 80s Party Night and everyone can look out the shoulder pads for some live entertainment from The Rubix Cubes followed by a DJ set.

Tickets booked before October 30 cost only £30, plus booking fee, compared the normal price of £35.

On Saturday, December 14, between 7pm and 1am, a Nineties and Noughties Throwback Party is being held at the town hall. The entertainment comes from Fever Pitch, who are a retro-tastic live band playing all the hits from the 1990s and the start of the new millennium.

Tickets booked before October 30 cost only £30, plus booking fee, compared the normal price of £35.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our Christmas party nights are very popular and there has always been a big demand for tickets.

“Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us, so I would encourage people to get their tickets early, whether it’s for a office party or a night out with friends and family.

“And with everything organised to get into the Christmas spirit, they can look forward to a fabulous night of good food, good company and a great night’s entertainment.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call 0300 300 1210 to book tickets for the Ultimate Jersey Boys Christmas Party Night.

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HUNDREDS of tickets to meet the stars of a popular children’s animated TV show at the intu Braehead shopping centre were snapped up in only THREE HOURS.

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Lucky youngsters will now meet PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall and be shown how to move like their favourite characters by taking part in Pup-Pup Boogie dance masterclasses.

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There were 600 tickets available for the free event – taking place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 2.30pm – and each ticket allowed entry for two children and one adult.

The fun PAW Patrol experience is visiting the shopping centre as part of a tour of intu destinations across the UK.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “The reaction to our Paw Patrol visit has been incredible. It’s been one of the fastest selling events we’ve ever had.

“Although all 600 tickets have been quickly snapped up, I’ve no doubt lots of other families will turn up to catch a glimpse of Chase and Marshall.”

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YOUNGSTERS will be doing cartwheels when they hear about activity camps being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure.

And they can step up to the mark if they come along to dance and gymnastics camps for children of primary school age.

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The camps are being held between 10am and 3pm at Renfrew Sports Centre from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26; Park Mains High School, from Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2 and St Benedict’s High School, in Linwood, between Tuesday, August 6 and Friday, August 9.

The camps will see youngsters being coached in a variety of dance styles including ballet, majorette, street and hip-hop, cheerleading and rock ‘n’ roll.

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And they will be shown gymnastic moves including handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, splits and bridges, rolls, runs, jumps and dismounts as well as skills using balls, ribbons and ropes.

Qualified coaches and co-ordinators lead all the sessions, which are part of a wide range of activities and summer camps organised by Renfrewshire Leisure during the school holidays.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Not only are these dance and gymnastic sessions great fun for the children, they’ll be taught new skills and improve their confidence.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com to book a place on any of the camps.

Free for Three

Paisley First Press Release:  Following a successful campaign by Paisley First and local businesses, a Free for Three pilot project will get underway next week.

Many thanks to all those businesses who encouraged customers to sign our petition and then returned these petition forms to the Paisley First team.

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As a result of our campaign, from Monday 29th July, visitors to Paisley will be able to take advantage of three hours free parking in the town centre as part of the pilot scheme to test the impact on local businesses and encourage people to spend their money locally.

Motorists will be able to park in six of the town centre’s car parks without being charged for the first three hours of their stay – the six car parks involved in the pilot are Orchard Street, Weighhouse Close, Hunter Street (upper and lower), Oakshaw and School Wynd, a total of 186 spaces and approximately 20% of the council’s off-street parking spaces.

New parking meters are being installed in each of the six car parks which will now accept both coin and contactless payment.

Every vehicle will still need to display a ticket, but free parking will be available for their first three hours after 10am, Monday to Saturday – after which charges will apply.

Whilst not part of our Free for Three Campaign, Renfrewshire Council has decided that charges are being reintroduced on a Saturday in all council-owned car parks, with the six pilot car parks having the first three hours free, as analysis has shown a lack of availability of spaces in the town centre with people using it as a park and ride facility.

Parking will remain free all day on a Sunday in all council-owned spaces.

There is no change to on-street parking charges, with evening and weekend parking remaining free, and the car park at Renfrewshire House will remain available for free on evenings and weekends.

The pilot scheme is scheduled to run for six months and feedback from businesses will be crucial to our campaign to have Free for Three rolled out across the town centre on a permanent basis.

If you would like to be part of our business feedback group, helping us to collect data on the effectiveness of Free for Three for your business, then please get in touch with the Paisley First team as soon as possible.

In the meantime if you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0141 237 8120, email ask@paisleyfirst.com or pop into the Paisley First office at 1 County Place.

 

Renfrewshire Council Press Release:

Free parking in Paisley town centre pilot set to get underway

Visitors to Paisley will soon be able to take advantage of three hours free parking in the town centre as part of a pilot to test the impact on local businesses and encourage people to spend their money locally.

From Monday 29 July, motorists will be able to park in six of the town centre’s car parks without being charged for the first three hours of their stay as part of a pilot to assess the impact on local trade.

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Brought forward by the Paisley Town Centre Car Parking Working Group, the six-month pilot will identify if a period of free parking will increase footfall in the town centre and entice people to stay local.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, Chair of the Working Group, said: “Paisley town centre has so much to offer and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to visit and spend their money locally.

“We’ve been working closely with local businesses and partners to identify how the council can best provide its support and they’ve identified that a period of three hours parking could boost footfall in the town and increase trade within their businesses.

“It’s hoped that it will encourage people to stay local and while this obviously comes with a significant financial implication for the council in terms of loss of income and inputting new parking meters, we’re happy to explore ideas brought forward by our partners and the local community.

“The pilot will be evaluated after six months and we’ll assess the impact it has had and identify the next steps.

“We’re aiming to make it as smooth a transition as possible for everyone so please check our website for all the details, including a list of helpful FAQs.”

The Paisley Town Centre Car Parking Working Group is made up of elected members and officers from Renfrewshire Council, Paisley First, local public transport operators and local private car parking operators – and the pilot is the product of regular meetings to discuss positive plans for Paisley town centre.

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Free for Three is a crucial campaign for the future of the business community we represent in Paisley town centre and those who visit or would like to visit the town on a more frequent basis.

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

“The public response to our Free for Three campaign has been fantastic and showed that many more people would visit Paisley to shop and socialise if there was an element of free parking on offer.

“We are looking forward to working with the council and our local businesses on maximising the opportunities that the parking pilot can bring to Paisley town centre.”

The six car parks involved in the pilot are Orchard Street, Weighhouse Close, Hunter Street (upper and lower), Oakshaw and School Wynd, a total of 186 spaces and approximately 20% of the council’s off-street parking spaces.

New parking meters are being installed in each of the six car parks which will accept both coin and contactless payment.

Every vehicle will still need to display a ticket, but free parking will be available for their first three hours after 10am, Monday to Saturday – after which charges will apply.

Charges are being reintroduced on a Saturday in all council-owned car parks, with the six pilot car parks having the first three hours free, as analysis has shown a lack of availability of spaces in the town centre with people using it as a park and ride facility.

Parking will remain free all day on a Sunday in all council-owned spaces.

There is no change to on-street parking charges, with evening and weekend parking remaining free, and the car park at Renfrewshire House will remain available for free on evenings and weekends.

For more information and a full list of FAQs, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/parking.

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Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff programme has served almost 1000 healthy meals to young people already this summer – with three weeks of the school holidays still to go.

The programme has been holding summer clubs every weekday afternoon throughout the summer at venues across Renfrewshire, with every young person who attends receiving a free meal to go along with the activities.

Football, gaming and the Street Stuff Youth Bus have been entertaining the young people as they make new friends, get active and count down the days until they’re back to school.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Street Stuff programme is only becoming more and more popular and I was delighted to visit the Airdome to meet the young people taking part.

“It’s important for many young people to have a place to go during the holidays where they can feel safe, but also where they are given a healthy meal to keep them going as this can be extremely important during the holiday period.

“The programme supports families across Renfrewshire by giving young people the chance to stay active and make new friends so send them along this summer – you’ll have a hard time stopping them coming back once you do.”

Activities are available at venues across the area including the St Mirren FC Airdome, Knockhill Park, Gleniffer High and Our Lady of Peace Primary.

Any young person aged 8 and over is welcome to take part in as many sessions as they would like to attend.

Street Stuff Manager, Stevie Gallagher, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people taking part in our activities during the summer holidays and we’re delighted to have them.

“Our coaches and volunteers are doing a fantastic job of keeping them entertained, while also being there to listen to any problems they’re having and supporting them as best they can.

“We’re only halfway through so I can’t wait to welcome even more to our activities across Renfrewshire and I’d encourage anyone to come along as often as they like for the rest of the holidays – and don’t forget our regular evening programme is still on too!”

The summer clubs will continue every weekday at various venues until the final session at Gleniffer High on Friday 9 August.

For more information, and to download a consent form, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/summerclubs.

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We already knew Scotland’s finest and best-preserved medieval tunnel lies buried beneath Paisley town centre – but the centuries-old mystery of where it ended had never been solved…until now.

A team of experts spent the summer excavating at Paisley’s Abbey Drain – and painstakingly uncovered a well-preserved 14th-century stone archway marking the exact point the drain and its contents once flowed into the River Cart.

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They found the tunnel – believed to be around 100m long – ends around 3m from the banks of the present-day river, which would have been wider and shallower at the time the drain was built.

And while the find is now being covered up again, the discovery could help lead to a more permanent visitor attraction opening up access to the drain in the future.

The eight-week Abbey Drain Big Dig was co-ordinated by Renfrewshire Council and led by Guard Archaeology Ltd, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

More than 6,500 people visited the dig over the eight weeks, which also saw a strong community element, with volunteers from the local history forum taking part, and a series of events and seminars for residents and visitors.

Dig leader Bob Will of Guard Archaeology has described the condition of what the team found as ‘incredible’. He said: “We found more than I was expecting and it is really exciting.

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“We found the end of the drain and what was the boundary wall of the monastery. The river was wider and shallower in those days – much more than in the last couple of hundred years, as the walls now surrounding it are artificial.

“The main parts of the drain date back to the mid-14th-century and are incredibly well preserved. It goes as least as far as the road in front of Renfrewshire House.

“Often these types of drains are in rural areas not urban ones where there will have been pressure on the land above it – but considering the amount of buildings on that site over the centuries, the condition of the drain is quite incredible.”

The Abbey Drain has lain hidden for centuries until it was unexpectedly rediscovered in the 19th century, and in recent years, it has been periodically opened up for visitors.

There will be an opportunity for the public to put their names forward for a ballot to go inside it during this year’s Doors Open Day in September.

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And Bob believes the finds of the past few weeks could help the development of a more permanent attraction opening up a greater degree of public access to the drain.

He said: “What we have uncovered has helped us see what could be done with any future excavation. We now know much more about the medieval ground levels and have a good idea where some of the monastery buildings were.

“Ideally there would be more permanent access to the drain at some point in the future and what we’ve uncovered here makes that much more feasible.”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson added: “Paisley is already on the map as a key visitor destination within Scotland and we are already delivering on ambitious plans to use our unique heritage to drive new footfall to the town centre.

“We would be keen to explore any opportunities to build on that by opening up more permanent access to the Abbey Drain at some point in the future – and the findings of the Big Dig mean we now know more than ever about this incredible feature beneath the town centre.

“The Big Dig was a really great community project which has created a lot of interest in Paisley town centre and its history over the past couple of months.

“We would like to thank our funders for helping make it happen, and all who have been involved in the projects – particularly the local volunteers who came out in all weathers to take part.”

Over the course of the Big Dig, the following community benefits were delivered:

– 120 Primary school children from across Renfrewshire visited the Big Dig to learn about their local heritage and archaeology;

– 1,200 hours of volunteer time, and 18 new members for Renfrewshire Local History Forum

– 12 archaeology students gained vocational training as part of their degree, and four Masters students from UWS produced video content;