Whitehaugh, Paisley News

Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions had a resounding public show of support at the launch of a new drive to let everyone connected to the town take their place at the heart of the bid.

12/05/16.... PAISLEY TOWN CENTRE....... public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;  - Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director Lily Jane

public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;
– Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director
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The For Paisley 2021 campaign aims to give everybody in Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond the chance to share what they love about the town and fly the flag for the culture bid.

12/05/16.... PAISLEY TOWN CENTRE....... public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;  - Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director Mark Macmillian, Tommy Mcgory, Danielle Caira, Maureen Hill, Linda Nutini, Ian Henderson, Andrew Mitchell, Fiona Smith, Scott Glassford, Katie Finnin

public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;
– Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director
Mark Macmillian, Tommy Mcgory, Danielle Caira, Maureen Hill, Linda Nutini, Ian Henderson, Andrew Mitchell, Fiona Smith, Scott Glassford, Katie Finnin

It includes a brand book – available to download as of today – including posters, logos, email signature, and key cultural facts about the bid and the town.

The aim is for anybody with an interest in the bid to find out how they can be part of it and access all the material they need to showcase their support For Paisley 2021 and develop their own bid campaign.

The campaign was launched in the town’s High Street by Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board, and Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron.

They were joined by community groups, people from the local cultural scene, local business group Paisley First, pupils from local secondary Gleniffer High School, and town centre businesses including Linda Nutini, owner of Castelvecchi chip shop and mum of singing star Paolo.

The lunchtime launch included a giant Paisley 2021 logo and gave passers-by the chance to stop to have their picture taken with branded props.

The launch took place on the same day as the longlist of albums for the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year Award was announced. Paisley will be home to the SAY Award – the most prestigious date in the Scottish music calendar – for the next two years, with the 2016 ceremony taking in Paisley Town Hall on 29 June.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Winning the UK City of Culture 2021 title would make a massive difference to the town, and everybody in Paisley and Renfrewshire would feel the benefits.

“We have had great support from the local community since the bid launched last year – but there may be others who want to get involved and are not sure how.

“The aim of the brand book is to make it easy for any individual, group or business to show their support – the next few years are going to be such an exciting journey for the town and we want as many people as possible to come with us.”

Bid Director Jean Cameron added:  “Paisley 2021 branding has been visible around the town and at our events for a while now – it reflects the Paisley Pattern and the values and high standard of creativity for which the town is known around the world.

“Today is about taking the brand into the heart of that community and saying ‘this is yours, please use it’ – and that goes for Paisley people throughout the rest of the world too.

“Although we have had great backing to date we will only have a chance of winning if we show the judges at the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport the local community is For Paisley 2021.

“To have this show of support on the day we get the first look at some of the fantastic musicians heading to Paisley for the SAY Award just shows the momentum the town is building.”

To download a full version of the brand book including usable marketing material, logos and information about the bid, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk/get-involved

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has praised Renfrew FC in the UK Parliament after they won Central League 1st Division last week.

Renfrew FC

The Renfrewshire MP has lodged an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to celebrate their win last week. The EDM said:

“That this House congratulates Renfrew Football Club on winning the Central League 1st Division on 4th May 2016; notes that this is the clubs first league title in 24 years and commends the club on it’s hard work in recent years, including the construction of a new community stadium at New Western Park and forming a  new women’s team; and wishes the club all the very best for next season.”

Gavin Newlands said:

“I am delighted to see Renfrew FC go from strength to strength and win the Central League 1st Division last week.

“Renfrew FC’s most recent success is built upon the hard-work and dedication of the club and players over the last few years. This is a well-deserved win and I wish the club all the very best of success for the future.”

Renfrewshire fair trade organisation Just Trading Scotland (JTS) are to have their Kilombero rice sold by a national retailer.

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Malawi High Commissioner to the UK, Kena Mphonda, was present to witness the launch of the new partnership which will see the Co-operative sell the Malawian rice in its Scottish stores.

The High Commissioner was joined by representatives of the Co-operative, JTS and visiting Malawian farmers to celebrate the expansion of the product to a national level.

The launch comes seven years after JTS began working on a development project with a smallholder farmers’ co-operative in Northern Malawi.

The rice is grown by the farmers- who are paid a fair price for their produce helping to provide a sustainable income for their families- and imported by JTS for sale in the UK.

In the past seven years the organisation has sold over 100 tonnes of rice to local schools, churches, fair trade groups and shops across Scotland.

The organisation also recently agreed a partnership with Cotswold Fayre- a leading fine food distribution company- to bring Kilombero Rice to market in London and the entire UK market.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “It is terrific for Just Trading Scotland to have their Kilombero rice sold in Co-operative stores.

“I’ve seen firsthand the effort they have put in to promote and sell the rice which creates a better future for the producers in Malawi and their children.

“The steering group exists to promote the message of fair trade and it is encouraging to see one of our members excelling in this manner.”

John Riches, chairman at Just Trading Scotland, said: “This is an exciting day for JTS – we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Co-op.

“By purchasing Kilombero rice from the Co-op, we can all make a huge difference and unlock the potential of people and communities in Malawi.”

Alasdair Fowle, Divisional Marketing Manager for the North, said: “We are delighted to be listing the Kilombero rice in 79 of our stores across Scotland and hope to extend this to additional stores in Scotland and the remainder of the UK later in the year.

“Our customers enjoy the high quality products we offer, safe in the knowledge that we are committed to ethical sourcing and this product is another demonstration of how important it is to our brand.”

“It is a significant step forward for us as an organisation and we aim to build on this to create a brighter future for smallholder farmers and their families.”

To find out more about Just Trading Scotland visit:  www.jts.co.uk.

For more information on fair trade in Renfrewshire visit  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade or contact fairtrade@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Mark Macmillan, has given his backing to International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) which will be celebrated on 17 May.


IDAHOT commemorates the day in 1990 when homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s international classification of diseases. It is widely regarded as a landmark in the struggle against sexual and gender discrimination.

The anniversary is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in society. 

Councillor Macmillan said:
“Renfrewshire Council is supporting IDAHOT because no one in our communities should face harm or discrimination because of their sexual orientation. 

“Although we have made great progress towards equality, there is still a way to go and we should not be complacent.” 

“Renfrewshire Council has a policy of supporting groups with protected characteristics such as LGBT to contribute and participate in public life in Renfrewshire.”

The Diversity and Equality Alliance in Renfrewshire (DEAR) Group is a forum for all groups that have ‘protected’ characteristics under the Equalities Act 2010, including sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

It works to ensure that communities in Renfrewshire support equality and value diversity. 

LGBT groups in Renfrewshire are welcome to join the DEAR Group. Further information is available from Renfrewshire Council on 0141 618 7408.  


Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will recognise the success of a local ice hockey team with a civic reception on Friday night.


Paisley Pirates crowned their 70th anniversary celebrations with victory in the Scottish Cup final recently- a commanding 9-0 win over Edinburgh Capitals ensuring the Pirates took home the trophy.

The team will be rewarded with a special reception at the Glynhill Hotel in Renfrew where the Provost will say a few words of congratulations to celebrate both their victory and their 70 years in existence.

This is only the third time the Pirates have won the prestigious trophy since the club was re-formed in 1992.

The club were founded in 1946 but faced years in the wilderness before they were re-launched with the opening of a new ice rink.

Having faced difficulties while playing in the British National League, the Pirates rejoined the Scottish National League in 2002 where they continue to play today. 

The team were recently featured on the pint glass issued to all visitors at the ever popular Paisley Beer Festival to celebrate 70 years since their foundation.

Provost Hall said: “I’m delighted that the Paisley Pirates have become Scottish champions.

“It is terrific achievement to win a national trophy and it is only right that they are rewarded for this feat.

“Renfrewshire should be proud to have had them as a representative for the past 70 years and I wish them all the success in the defence of the trophy next season.”

To find out more about the Paisley Pirates visit:  www.paisleypirates.co.uk.

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The Glasgow City Region City Deal is investing £274m in three major infrastructure projects in Renfrewshire. These will bring great economic benefits and job opportunities and it is important that residents are aware of the plans and have a say in building their successful futures.

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Three community events are taking place in Renfrew, Paisley and at Intu Braehead on 17, 18 and 19 May 2016. Residents are invited to see the plans, meet the City Deal team and express their views on these exciting developments.

Councillor Mark MacMillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said, “Renfrewshire’s communities stand to gain a tremendous amount from our three City Deal projects. They will help our economy to grow and create employment, improve our access to further work and leisure opportunities, and make Renfrewshire home to three modern, innovative, landmark projects.

“It is important that communities are part of this progress. I’d urge anyone with an interest these new developments to come along to our events, see what’s planned, and express their views on how the projects will work best for them.”

The £78m Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project will build a new bridge across the Clyde linking Renfrew and Yoker. The project also includes new roads to improve traffic flow in Renfrew and to increase accessibility to new travel and employment opportunities. It will also create potential for business growth, new jobs and new residential developments.

The Renfrew crossing will be an exciting addition to the Clyde – and its only opening road bridge.  Residents with an interest in this new piece of engineering – and in how it will improve life in Renfrew – can see plans and discuss the project with the City Deal Team at the community events.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) project will improve connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks, with plans for two new bridges across the White Cart and a new ‘Gateway Route’ between Paisley Town Centre and the Airport.

The £51.39m investment is expected to generate business growth, attract inward investment and support the airport’s growth. The GAIA underlines Renfrewshire’s pivotal role in the City Region’s economy but, above all, it will create conditions for business growth and employment opportunities.

Residents with an interest in this modern and enterprising project are invited to come along to a community event where the plans will be on display and the team can listen to your views.

The third City Deal investment in Renfrewshire is in the £144m Airport Access Project (AAP); a new fixed link connection between Glasgow Central, Paisley Gilmour Street Station and the airport. This will support the airport’s continuing success with an efficient, fast and modern transport option for air travellers and airport employees.

The AAP is at an earlier development stage than the other projects but visitors to the community events will be able to see plans and discuss the new link with the project’s managers.

The City Deal Team, with details of current plans and proposals will be in Renfrew Town Hall on Tuesday 17 May, at Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 18 May and at Intu Braehead on Thursday 19 May between 10 am and 7pm.

You can also find out more about the Glasgow City Region City Deal and its investment in Renfrewshire at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal.


Mhairi Black becomes founding member of new Parliamentary group on State Pension Inequality

Mhairi Black has joined MPs from across the House of Commons to form a new Parliamentary group on the State Pension Age. The new group will support those women hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, first in 1995 and then in 2011.


In Paisley and Renfrewshire South, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 3,810 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone. 366 local residents signed the e-petition calling for transitional arrangements, which received almost 200,000 signatures nationwide.

The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign works to lobby the Government to introduce transitional arrangements for those women affected, many of whom were not notified about the changes, and took early retirement, leaving them without any income.

The Parliamentary Group, which was launched at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 11th May at a standing room only meeting, will be co-chaired by MPs from each of the parties, including Mhairi, and will work closely with the WASPI campaign.

The All-Party Group will seek to work with the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, to introduce transitional arrangements.

Speaking after the launch of the new campaign group, Mhairi said:

“I am completely delighted to be a co-chair of the WASPI APPG. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the launch as I was speaking on another pensions issue in the chamber, but I am looking forward to attending meetings going forward and working to find a resolution to the hardship faced by these women.

“We are not seeking to apportion blame to anybody. We simply want to get the best outcome for these women, many of whom have worked hard for decades without taking a penny out of the system.

“I am therefore proud to be a founding member of this new Parliamentary campaign group. I hope that the new Work and Pensions Secretary will be receptive to our concerns, and that we will soon have the equitable outcome that the WASPI women deserve.”

Imaginate – Edinburgh’s international children’s festival which runs from 28 May to 5 June – showcases the world’s best theatre and dance for children.


This year, in a bid to spread the festival magic further afield, Imaginate will be touring one of its best shows to venues across Scotland, and is coming to Paisley Arts Centre on 17 May 2016.

Go Get ‘em Kid was specially created by dance rising star Tamsyn Russell to appeal to children and those new to dance. The high-energy dance duet is filled with humour, with both dancers playing with 100 colourful t-shirts, creating shapes and testing the bonds of friendship between them. The show ends with both girls sharing the same outsized t-shirt! With a toe-tapping soundtrack, flailing hair and flying t-shirts, this show is a joy from beginning to end.

Go Get ‘em Kid was commissioned by Imaginate with support from Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund after the Festival Director spotted some of Tamsyn’s work in progress and decided it should be made into a full piece.

Tamsyn Russell, choreographer and performer said:
“Go Get ’em Kid is the first work I have made for young audiences. I wanted to make a pure contemporary dance piece which has highly technical dance vocabulary and full of energy with a diverse soundtrack. As dancers Go Get ’em Kid is so much fun to perform and I hope the audience, young and old, will enjoy its pace and humour.”

This year’s festival programme, brimming with magic, sounds and colours from all over the world, is sure to inspire and delight both the young and young-at-heart. With 14 shows from 9 different countries, the festival is recognised as one of the best places for international programmers to see work of the very highest standard. The festival opens with a Family Fringe weekend at the National Museum of Scotland with performances and free drop-in activities all day including live music, storytelling, hands-on arts and more – perfect for 0-12 year olds.

Speaking about the Festival, incoming Imaginate Festival Director Noel Jordan said:
“Imaginate Festival offers children, their teachers and families a feast of international performances for all ages and taste. We have hand-picked shows from all over the world to ensure audiences experience some of the most exciting and innovative theatre and dance.
Because this is what Imaginate is all about – Supporting and developing theatre and dance for children of the highest standard. Ensuring children in Scotland have access to experiences as good as, if not better, than what is on offer for adults. Respecting children in their own right as the people they are now, not the people they will become.” 



  • 8.5% increase in passenger numbers
  • Demand for EU destinations up 21%

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest April on record after almost 722,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 8.5% on the same period last year.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport May 2015

The airport, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has enjoyed its busiest ever start to a year and its success in strengthening its European connectivity saw demand for EU scheduled destinations increase by 21%. Over the course of the past 18 months the airport has added services to some of Europe’s major cities including Prague, Budapest, Milan and Bucharest.

International and domestic traffic grew by 11.6% and 5.6% respectively with British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair all reporting an increase in demand for their London services. Other carriers such as Air France, Germanwings, Blue Air and Jet2 also enjoyed strong demand for services during April.

Amanda McMillan, chief executive of AGS Airports Limited and managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is extremely pleasing to see our new European services perform so well, as we knew they would. We have worked extremely hard to deliver the services our passengers demand and in April we received the welcome news that Ryanair will introduce direct flights to both Brussels Charleroi and Sofia later in the year.

“For the airport the busy summer period is now underway which has seen the return of long haul carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and WestJet. Over the coming months we will also welcome Air Canada Rouge on board as well as Korean Air which will launch Scotland’s first ever direct service to Seoul, South Korea.

“Alongside our ongoing efforts in route development, we are currently investing £25 million which includes a comprehensive redevelopment of our main departure lounge. This will see a number of new catering and retail outlets open over the summer months.

“The most pleasing aspect of April’s figures is that they ensure we remain on course to exceed nine million passengers for the first time during what is our 50th anniversary year.”

Traffic summary

April 2016

Terminal passengers




May 2015 to April 2016 %


721,796 8.5% 8,967,249



42 five-a-side teams from across Renfrewshire came together to take part in the annual Street Stuff Festival of Football at St Mirren FC’s Paisley 2021 Stadium on 3 May.

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This was the sixth annual Festival, organised by Street Stuff which provides a year-round programme of football, dance and other activities across Renfrewshire for young people aged 10-18.

At the end of the night the winners of the four age categories were:

8-10 year-olds – Paisley Central

11-12: Glenburn

13-15: Shortroods

16+: Ferguslie

The winning teams received trophies and all of the entrants in the younger age-groups received Paisley 2021 goodie bags and participation medals.

All of the participants were provided with healthy food and drinks during the evening.

As well as live football, players and spectators could also enjoy virtual football on FIFA Tournament on games consoles in the two Renfrewshire Youth Buses that attended the event. Attendees could also take part in dance activities inside the stadium complex.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment policy Board, said:

‘It was great to see so many young people turn up to play in this event and support their friends.

‘The fact that this is our sixth annual festival shows how Street Stuff has become an important part of many young people’s lives in Renfrewshire.

‘As well as special events like this, Street Stuff is offering positive things for young people to do in all of our communities, all year round.

‘I would recommend young people in all of our communities find out what Street Stuff is doing in their area and get involved.’

St Mirren FC chief executive, Tony Fitzpatrick, said:

‘We are delighted with the number of local teams that turned out for the tournament here at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

‘t was great to see so many young people getting involved in the positive activities that Street Stuff is offering across Renfrewshire.’

More information about Street Stuff is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff