Glasgow Airport

Airport receives British Safety Council’s International Safety Award with a Distinction for second year in a row –

Glasgow Airport has scooped an International Safety Award for protecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work.

The airport has won an International Safety Award with a Distinction from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2020 calendar year.

Glasgow Airport

The airport, owned by AGS Airports Ltd along with Aberdeen and Southampton airports, is one of only 85 organisations worldwide to win a Distinction in the International Safety Awards 2021. The awards also recognise organisations that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health.

Graeme Robertson, health and safety manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “The health and safety of our staff continues to be an overarching priority for everyone who works at Glasgow Airport, so we are tremendously proud to have received this award with distinction from the British Safety Council for the second year running.

“It is especially significant to be recognised for our efforts in the year we experienced the onset of COVID-19 – one of the greatest health challenges of our time. Out-with ensuring the safety of our core operational staff who continued to keep the airport open to support vital lifeline services during this pandemic, the greater challenge came from supporting our wider workforce.

“The majority of our people in Glasgow – and across the wider group – have either worked from home due to COVID-19 restrictions or were on furlough for a period of time, so supporting their mental health and well-being while making sure they felt connected with their colleagues during lockdown was absolutely critical last year and this work continues to this day.”

 

The airport also received the NHS Health Working Lives Gold award in 2020 for ensuring a healthy workplace. Staff at the airport and wider group benefit from an extensive occupational health service from trained advisors or physicians including physiotherapy, podiatry and access to mental-health support with each delivered in keeping with all COVID-19 guidance.

During the pandemic staff have also gained access to an employee assistance programme, online training resources to keep their competency skills up to date and a confidential telephone support service for emotional and practical problems, medical and legal information and immediate crisis intervention. Live broadcast mental health fitness and well-being sessions were also available to staff across the AGS Airports Ltd group.

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Glasgow Airport on their success in winning an International Safety Award 2021 with a Distinction: “The British Safety Council applauds Glasgow Airport and it’s AGS Group-wide Assurance Team on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and hard work to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

“The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work – anywhere in the world. Achieving this requires more than complying with legislation; it means people committed not only to health and safety but also more and more to workplace wellbeing and impelling others to follow suit.”

“Our heartfelt congratulations to Glasgow Airport. All of those working at the airport should be enormously proud of their achievement.”

Now in their 63rd year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill-healthduring the previous calendar year.

 

The awards also recognise organisations that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health at work. To find out more about the British Safety Council here.

rukeri

The team at Rukeri have been busy behind the scenes getting ready for the new season. From turf production and maintenance to bagging their customers favourite aggregates, a lot has been happening to ensure a smooth start to the 2021 season.

Rukeri Bags

Rukeri has been growing and supplying turf for 8 years from North Arkleston Farm in Paisley. The company has expanded year on year and now offers a wide range of landscaping supplies that includes organic soils, decorative aggregates (good old garden chuckies!), barks, sands and fencing and decking materials. Rukeri Turf is highly regarded within the landscaping industry, with many customers claiming it to be the best in Scotland!

Like most companies, Rukeri faced a lot of challenges when they reopened after the first lock down. Some products were harder than others to source as manufacturing had reduced dramatically or stopped altogether, and the social distancing measures meant that all business operations had to be looked at and developed to ensure the safety of staff and customers. The upshot this year is that all processes have been practiced and the team are confident of delivering all orders in a COVID secure manner.

Lisa Taylor, Marketing Manager at Rukeri says, ‘Despite the challenges faced last year we are acutely aware of how fortunate we were to be busy and able to still trade. The ‘Stay at Home’ message was heeded by our customers and we are glad that we were able to help transform outdoor spaces during a troubling time. 

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We are looking forward to what is already proving to be a busy season. Our lead time is currently around 5 – 6 days so we urge customers to order early to avoid any disappointment, and we hope that more residents of Renfrewshire will be enjoying their new gardens from Rukeri in time for summer!’

All products available can be viewed from their yard in Paisley. They are on display in a colourful area that gives customers the chance to get a ‘real feel’ for them. Visitors are asked to follow the one-way system on site, follow current social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when in the office. Alternatively, orders can be placed online at www.rukeri.com

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There’s plenty of opportunity to get active this spring when Street Stuff activities resume next week.

Evening activities will return from Monday 5 April, with extra afternoon sessions running throughout the school holidays, bringing free football and outdoor sport to local communities across Renfrewshire.

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Anyone aged 8-16 is welcome to join in and there is no cost to take part. All participants will need to provide contact details for Test and Protect and follow Covid guidelines, including wearing a facemask when not participating. Hand sanitiser stations and wipes will be available at each venue.

Young people can go along to the following sessions:

Monday 5 and 12 Apr
Durrockstock Park, Foxbar from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 6 and 13 Apr
Arkleston Primary School, Renfrew from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
McMaster Centre, Johnstone from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 7 and 14 Apr
Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Arkleston Primary School, Renfrew from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday 8 and 15 Apr
McMaster Centre, Johnstone from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday 9 and 16 Apr
Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Durrockstock Park, Foxbar from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday 10 and 17 Apr
Barsail Primary School, Erskine from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

All activities will take place outdoors and may be subject to change or cancellation.

A free meal will be provided at afternoon sessions to ensure participants are fuelled up and ready to go.

Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire contributing to a reduction in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour by 75 percent over the first five years with a sustained reduction of 65 percent.

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

Elderslie Village Hall

Three popular community halls across Renfrewshire are set for full refurbishments after councillors approved awarding the £1.6million works contract to City Gate Construction.

The Paisley-based company is expected to start work in May on a wide range of internal and external improvements to Elderslie Village Hall, the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch and South End Action Centre in Paisley.

Elderslie Village Hall

Internal improvements include upgraded toilet facilities, new floor finishes and redecoration – providing modern accessible spaces for the varied community groups which use the facilities, from dance and drama classes to craft clubs, toddler groups, yoga sessions and local support groups.

All three facilities will benefit from new roof coverings, with the McKillop roof also incorporating solar panels.

At the McKillop and at Elderslie, the programme of works will also see repairs to external walls.

Replacement doors and windows, electrical rewiring and new alarm systems are also included where required, with the works scheduled for completion later this year.

McKillop Institute

City Gate Construction is an accredited Living Wage employer and the approved contract includes a series of community benefits provided, including two jobs for people currently unemployed and a work experience placement.

The local employer will also host industry awareness events promoting careers in construction and local trades will be invited to a supply chain opportunities event.

South End Action Centre

David Palmer, Commercial Director, City Gate Construction said: “We are genuinely delighted to be taking on this project once the contract is awarded and look forward to continuing our long-term working relationship with Renfrewshire Council.

“As a large local employer, these buildings have been a part of many of our employees’ upbringing and are still an important part of the community for many families in the Renfrewshire area, as well as historically important.

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“We will use our local expertise to deliver a high-quality finish which will enhance the future of these buildings. We are also keen to extend our local employment offering and if any local company or operative is keen to work on these projects, then please do get in touch.”

News of the works have been welcomed by community group Roar, who run activities for older people from community halls in Renfrewshire, focusing on social and physical wellbeing, with exercise, music and quizzes providing an environment for friendships to grow.

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Project worker Anne Morgan said: “Roar Connections for life has been running a group for older adults in the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch for more than 12 years and it is a fantastic venue which is central to the village and the refurbishment plans are much needed here. We also use Elderslie Village Hall too and other community halls, our services helping to prevent loneliness and isolation and provide a safe welcoming environment for all service users.

“The older community needs these facilities in order for clubs like Roar to continue and now, more than ever, we need to be able to assist older adults in building their confidence and allow them to stay mobile and stay connected.”

South End Action Centre has been home to the Kathleen Edgar School of Dance ever since the centre first opened.

Kathleen Edgar said: “We’ve been based at South End Action Centre since the very start 40 years ago and over that time, hundreds of children and young people have benefited from this local facility. Our dance school provides a safe, welcoming environment for children to develop their skills, enjoy a healthy activity and build friendships and self-confidence. It’s pleasing to see the centre getting this refurbishment and are looking forward to getting classes back up and running and continuing to provide a valuable resource in the south end of Paisley.”

Elsewhere, surveys are being carried out at Steeple Hall in Kilbarchan to deliver a smaller programme of works upgrading this community facility.

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.

Welcome to Your Vote square

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.

Safer schools

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

The fundraising campaign for Exchange, a new community theatre in Paisley for children, young people and families, has taken another significant step forward as PACE welcomes prominent Paisley businessman Gary McCaw as its first Founding Sponsor.

The renovation of the previously disused building is expected to be a catalyst for the regeneration of the town centre area it sits at the heart of. Exchange will establish Renfrewshire as a visitor destination for children and young people’s theatre and it is estimated that this will increase visitors to Renfrewshire by over 80,000, providing a boost to the local economy by allowing businesses to thrive and increasing employment in the area.

Founding Sponsors will enjoy lifetime benefits including recognition on a specially engraved plaque in the foyer, regular updates on major milestones as plans progress, a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the construction site, invitations to opening events, press and gala nights and 20 complimentary tickets a year for Exchange productions for 3 years after opening.

Gary McCaw, whose business interests include the newly refurbished The Gleniffer hotel, said:

This is going to be a really exciting development for Paisley, and straight away I felt that it was something that I wanted to get involved with. The new theatre will be a game changer for the town, in my opinion, and a valuable resource for the whole community.”

Grant Mason, Chief Executive of said:
“We’re delighted to have Gary on board as our first Founding Sponsor and are very grateful to him for being an early backer. We want to make Paisley a major centre for theatre for children, young people & families but just as importantly we believe this will make a vital contribution to Renfrewshire’s reputation as a vibrant visitor destination.

To make the development happen, we still need further business support and we’d urge companies to get in touch to find out how they can be part of creating this fantastic legacy for the Paisley.”

PACE is seeking further local businesses to join in support of become one of 10 Founding Sponsors by pledging £10,000 each or one of 50 Founding Supporters by pledging £2,000. Payment can be made monthly over 3 years, in one lump sum or yearly. Smaller donations can also be made to Exchange by donating to PACE’s Million Pound Wall.

More information about the plans for Exchange and ways to help can be found at www.pacetheatre.com/exchange. Find @exchangepaisley on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tiktok.

Airport EV

Bus operator borrows airport’s electric vehicles ahead of own green fleet roll out – 

What began as a spark of an idea during a chat between Glasgow Airport and McGill’s became a lightbulb moment. 

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Glasgow Airport’s fleet of three BYD ADL Enviro200EV electric buses, normally operated by NCP to transport passengers between the terminal and the long-stay car park, were parked up as passenger demand dropped due to the pandemic.

When strict travel restrictions were put in place, the zero-emission fleet unexpectedly found itself off the road, sparking discussions with local operator McGill’s Buses. 

Seeing a great opportunity to take three diesel buses off the road, while allowing customers to test out the electric vehicles before the arrival of their own, McGill’s introduced the vehicles onto their 757 service, operating between Paisley and Clydebank, via Glasgow Airport.

Ronald Leitch, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The airport’s long-stay car park was offered to the government early in 2020 as a possible COVID-19 testing site to help support the national effort to defeat the pandemic and is still use today. 

“This meant that our fleet would sit unused for a long period of time and it seemed like a waste of such a fantastic resource. The BYD ADL electric buses have been a fantastic addition to our network and when in operation they helped cut the carbon emissions associated with passenger travel to and from the long-stay car park from 143 tonnes per year to zero.”

 

“We were aware that McGill’s planned to introduce this type of bus to their own transport network and were happy to help McGill’s test the buses on their daily operation ahead of this.” 

McGill’s are awaiting the arrival of 55 Yutong E12s, as well as their own BYD ADL Enviro200EV. Having also ordered 12 BYD ALD E400EVs for the newly purchased Xplore Dundee, by the end of the year, McGill’s will have the largest percent of their fleet zero emissions in Scotland.

McGill’s operation director, Colin Napier said, “Introducing these electric vehicles to our 757 Glasgow Airport service has allowed us to give customers a taste of what is to come.

The feedback from customers and drivers alike has been overwhelmingly positive and leaves us excited for the arrival of our first electric vehicles later this year.” 

The state-of-the-art fleet was the launched in 2019 when Glasgow became the first airport in the UK to introduce electric buses to its operations.

When introduced, it was the first time the BYD ADL Enviro200EV model has been operated anywhere in Scotland and its introduction at Glasgow Airport was made possible thanks to a £450,000 Green Bus Fund support grant from Transport Scotland.

A joint project between ADL and BYD Europe, the new zero-emission fleet combine BYD’s leading electric driveline and battery technology with Alexander Dennis bodies. At 10.8m long, each bus has both front and rear access points, 23 seats, three-tier luggage compartments and includes wheelchair provision. 

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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