Welcome to Your Vote square

Local people in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to exercise their right to vote at the Scottish Parliament election in May, with foreign nationals able to vote for the first time.

Refugees and other foreign citizens living in Scotland who have leave to remain in the UK, or do not need such permission, can now vote in Scottish Parliament and local council elections.

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The Scottish Refugee Council have produced a range of materials, in various languages, to ensure that all foreign citizens are aware of how and why they should vote in May, and that the deadline to register to vote is 19 April.

Sandra Black, Returning Officer for Renfrewshire, said: “It’s important that at the forthcoming election everyone who is able to vote takes the opportunity to have their voice heard.

“Refugees and other foreign citizens living in Scotland who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not need such permission, are now able to vote so I would encourage them to ensure they are registered by 19 April and take part in the election.”

All voters are being urged not to miss the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 6 April to register for a postal vote.

Application forms are available to be downloaded from the UK Government website and completed forms should be returned to the Electoral Registration Office in Paisley by the 5pm deadline

Kate Crawford, Electoral Registration Officer for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board, said: “In the forthcoming election for the Scottish Parliament, you, the voter, have a choice to either vote in person or by post.

“If you would like to vote by post in this election, please ensure you apply by 5pm on the 6th of April . It’s easy to do, just log onto www.renfrewshire-vjb.gov.uk or contact my office ero@renfrewshire-vjb.gov.uk or call us on 0300 300 0150 to arrange.”

Anyone wishing to vote by proxy should have their application in by 5pm on 29 April.

For more information on the election, including what to expect at a polling station on 6 May, please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SPelection2021.

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Communities will see grassed areas cut more often and all at once as part of a revised approach to grass cutting in Renfrewshire.

From 5 April, council teams will operate a new fortnightly schedule which will see all grassed services completed at the same time with Renfrewshire is broken down into 14 different areas.

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The new schedule will see open spaces, school playing fields, public parks, cemeteries, as well as the grass and hedge cutting assistance scheme, all carried out in one day.

By focusing the council’s resources into one area each day, this will increase the frequency of grass cutting for each local community and any areas missed will be completed the following day.

Hedge cutting will continue to be provided twice a year and will operate in line with the new grass cutting model, with communities seeing their first cut between mid-May and mid-July and their second cut between mid-August and the end of September.

Ken Gray, Renfrewshire Council’s StreetScene Manager, said: “This will ensure that we focus all our resources correctly and have a fully coordinated grass cutting service for our residents.

“It will allow us to cut the grass more often so I’m looking forward to the new schedule beginning in April.

“It may take time to settle in so I would encourage residents to work with us to resolve any issues in the initial period by reporting them to us as soon as possible.”

Residents can check the council website for details on when teams are due to be in their area, and report any issues with the new service, by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/grasscutting.

Safer schools

Four Renfrewshire schools will pilot a vehicle exclusion zone during the school run with the aim of improving safety around the school gates for pupil, parents and carers.

The pilot is set to begin on Monday 19 April at Barsail Primary, Lochfield Primary, St Catherine’s Primary and St Charles Primary and will see vehicles unable to enter surrounding streets during restricted times.

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On weekdays, between 8.30am and 9.15am and 2.30pm and 3.15pm, vehicles will be unable to enter Brabloch Crescent and Netherhill Road at St Catherine’s, Rowan Street and part of Thrushcraigs Crescent at St Charles and Quarry Road at Lochfield.

The same will apply to Park Moor at Barsail with slightly different times of 8.30am-9.15am and 2.45pm-3.30pm.

Exemptions will be in place for residents within the affected streets and school staff via a permit system, as well as automatic exemptions for blue badge holders, the emergency services, school buses and transport, postal vehicles and other similar essential travel.

The aim of the pilot is to solve congestion issues, reduce emissions, ensure the safety of children around schools, and encourage active travel with pupils walking, wheeling or cycling to school.

Anyone who has to drive to school should park safely away from the school and walk the final part of the journey.

Emma Henry, Head Teacher at St Catherine’s Primary, said: “I’m looking forward to this pilot being introduced as we want to ensure it is as safe as possible for our children to go to and from school every day.

“By stopping vehicles entering these streets during certain times, we will reduce congestion and the risk of accidents, lower pollution levels and create a safer, healthier environment for our pupils to learn in.

“We want our parents and carers to think more about active travel, but above all improve the safety around the school gates during the school run.”

An experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) will be in place during the pilot and Police Scotland will be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone found driving in these streets during the restricted times without a valid exemption.

Significant consultation took place around this project, with feedback received from elected members, head teachers, school staff, parent councils, parents and carers, community organisations and local residents.

This helped shape the design of the pilot, which will be regularly monitored and evaluated throughout, and the council will be seeking further feedback from all stakeholders during the pilot which is set to run until 31 December 2021.

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

Additional Information:

Primary School Restriction Times Streets Affected
St Catherine’s, Gallowhill 8.30am – 9.15am Brabloch Crescent and Netherhill Road
2.30pm – 3.15pm
St Charles, Paisley 8.30am – 9.15am Rowan Street and part of Thrushcraigs Crescent
2.30pm – 3.15pm
Lochfield, Paisley 8.30am – 9.15am Quarry Road, Paisley
2.30pm – 3.15pm
Barsail, Erskine
(Note: Different PM time)
8.30am – 9.15am Park Moor
2.45pm – 3.30pm
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Next week Renfrewshire councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of the main works contractor for Paisley Museum, marking the next step in transforming the venue into a major cultural destination.

The paper that will be presented to the council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board on 31 March will seek to authorise appointing the £23million main works contract to Kier Construction Limited.

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If the paper is approved negotiations will move to the final stage with a view to formally appointing the contractor in the coming weeks. This would result in work beginning on site in early summer with construction likely to be completed by late 2022, reopening to the public in 2023.

A programme of community benefits were requested as part of the procurement process. If approved as the main contractor, Kier Construction Limited have agreed to offer a number of local employment opportunities, work experience placements, business advice and support to local SMEs, social enterprises and voluntary organisations and a commitment to ensure that supply chain opportunities are prioritised for Renfrewshire based businesses.

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The £42million redevelopment of the museum is the signature project in Paisley’s radical regeneration which also includes refurbishments of the town’s A-listed town hall and a new learning and cultural hub housing library services on the town’s high street.

Paisley Museum Reimagined Project Director, Kirsty Devine, said: “If the proposed contractor is approved by councillors next week it will enable us to move ahead with plans to realise our ambitious vision for Paisley Museum.

“The redevelopment of the museum provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our internationally significant collections and we’re doing this in collaboration with Renfrewshire communities as well as with partners across the world. The redeveloped museum will be an amazing resource in the heart of Paisley and people should feel rightly proud of that heritage.”

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The revamped museum is expected to attract around 128,000 visitors a year when it reopens – creating new footfall and trade for Paisley town centre and supporting new and existing businesses in the surrounding area.

Chair of Paisley First, Colette Cardosi, said: “We welcome what would be a major step forward in the museum redevelopment, a project we know will enhance the reputation of Paisley town centre as a must-visit destination.

“Like everyone who is passionate about the town, it will be great to see real progress at the site and we are looking forward to watching the transformation as the project develops.”

The redesign of the museum campus, being led by an international team including architects AL_A and exhibition designers Opera Amsterdam, will allow the number of objects on display to be increased by 150%.

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Hard work and achievements in supporting communities highlighted, one year on from first lockdown coming into force

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chief executive has praised her team’s determination to deliver and help the region through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dr Victoria Hollows says the charity’s role in helping improve health and wellbeing has never been more important in light of challenges caused by Covid-19.

And she has highlighted her pride in the way in which staff have adapted to ensure they can be there for communities in different ways in the past year.

One year on from the start of Scotland’s first lockdown, Dr Hollows said: “I am incredibly proud of and thankful for our people who have, time and again, stepped up to support those around them in whatever way they can.

“Our charity and team’s determination to deliver – to make a difference – has made navigating the challenges of coronavirus over the past year more manageable.

 

“The temporary closure of our facilities has not meant the suspension of our services. Far from it. Thanks to innovation, commitment and pride among our team in serving the communities that they are part of, people have been constantly able to access our services in some form.

 

“From check-in calls by library staff to outdoor fitness classes, supporting neighbourhood hubs, Covid-19 testing, vaccinations and the rapid acceleration in our digital evolution, we have been active day in, day out.”

While venues and facilities have been closed for much – in some cases all – of the past 12 months, Renfrewshire Leisure has rapidly and significantly increased its online offering.

With content including fitness classes, reading events, local nostalgia and much more, that has seen in excess of 3.1 million visits to www.renfrewshireleisure.com, more than 77,000 e-books issued, 50,000-plus views on RenTV and 71,000 ondemand pageviews for online videos.

On top of that, the switch to digital that lockdown and social distancing rules have demanded has led to improved engagement with groups including care-experienced children and in those taking part in the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

The second Paisley Book Festival was also digital-only and was a sell-out success with 8,725 tickets sold.

The return of Renfrewshire Leisure services is being planned in-line with Scottish Government rules, with some outdoor sports activities already up and running again.

And Dr Hollows says she’s determined that the charity will play a major role in the region’s recovery from the pandemic.

She added: “Supporting our region’s wellbeing is at the heart of what we do, ensuring we can meet people’s needs as they evolve.

“We are fortunate to have had such loyal support from Renfrewshire Council, our members and other service users who we cannot wait to welcome back to our in-person services as they gradually return.”

For more details, go to www.renfrewshireleisure.com

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Voters in Renfrewshire are being urged not to miss the deadline to register for a postal vote for the Scottish Parliament election in May.

With an expected rise in postal voters, the deadline is earlier than previous elections and voters need to register by 5pm on Tuesday 6 April.

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Polling stations in Renfrewshire will have all the required health and safety measures in place to ensure they are safe places to vote in-person, but voters have the opportunity to vote in advance if they wish.

Application forms can be downloaded from the UK Government website and completed forms should be returned to the Electoral Registration Office in Paisley by the 5pm deadline.

Sandra Black, Returning Officer for Renfrewshire, said: “With the ongoing pandemic, people may wish to take the opportunity to vote by post or proxy for this election and, if so, they should ensure their completed application form is with the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on 6 April.

“I want to assure people that we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that our polling stations will be safe places to vote and that if you wish to vote in-person then you can do so with confidence.

“It’s important that you have your voice heard so please take five minutes to ensure you are registered to vote and decide which method you would like to use to cast your vote.”

Other deadlines for voters to be aware of include being registered to vote by 19 April and ensure applications for a proxy vote are in by 5pm on 29 April.

Kate Crawford, Electoral Registration Officer for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board, said: “In the forthcoming election for the Scottish Parliament, you, the voter, have a choice to either vote in person or by post.

“If you would like to vote by post in this election, please ensure you apply by 5pm on the 6th of April . It’s easy to do, just log onto www.renfrewshire-vjb.gov.uk or contact my office ero@renfrewshire-vjb.gov.uk or call us on 0300 300 0150 to arrange.”

For more information on the election, including what to expect at a polling station on 6 May, please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/SPelection2021.

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Ever wonder what made Gilbert and Sullivan such a great musical partnership? Come and listen to expert Bernard Lockett.  He will reveal why their comic operas remain so popular 150 years on.  Viewers will hear about key social and political factors influencing many of their works.  Paisley & District U3A’s online meeting starts at 2pm on Thursday 1 April with time for questions and a friendly catch up. 

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U3A chair, Kathy O’Donnell remarked: “Gilbert and Sullivan shows were the forerunners of musical theatre today.  Their catchy tunes and lyrics continue to attract new fans in every generation.  Yet, if you look closely, their works remain a product of their time.  Bernard Lockett will reveal how the highs and lows of 19thcentury life and society formed the backdrop for many of their light operas.  It promises to be an entertaining look at Gilbert and Sullivan’s heritage for popular culture then, and in our world today.”  

 

Author and lecturer Bernard Lockett said: “I am a life-long Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) enthusiast.  My grandmother was taken to see their original production of “Utopia Limited” in 1893!  G&S is as popular today throughout the world because it is musical theatre at its very best, plus Gilbert’s wry comments on issues are just as valid today.”

 

For an extra bit of fun, attendees can wear a bonnet to this musical-themed meeting.  There’s also an Easter lucky dip too.  For details of this free live talk, and to preview clips of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, visit: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome