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OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR TIED PUB REFORM

Over 90 per cent of responses to a consultation on West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby’s proposed Tied Pubs Bill backed a change in the law.

The proposal formally lodged today would create a statutory Pubs Code to regulate the relationship between tied pub tenants and their pub-owning landlords and an independent Adjudicator to enforce the code. Tied pub tenants in Scotland would gain similar rights to those in England and Wales, with restrictions eased on the range of drinks they can stock.

93 per cent of consultation respondents supported the Bill, including 87 per cent who described themselves as ‘fully supportive’.

The Bill is backed by a broad coalition including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association(SLTA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), GMB Scotland, the STUC and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

West Scotland MSP Neil Bibby MSP said: 

“This proposal is about fairness, choice and jobs. Fairness for tied pub tenants, choice for Scotland’s pub goers and jobs in the pub and brewing industries. My Bill would reset the relationship between tied licensees and their landlords, giving tied tenants in Scotland similar rights to those in England and Wales, and it would make it easier to bring locally-brewed products into the tied pub sector.

“Too often tied deals are one-sided and uncompetitive. With a broad coalition behind the Bill and backing from an overwhelming 93 per cent who responded, this consultation has demonstrated very clearly that the sector has to change.

“I have now formally lodged my proposal and I am asking MSPs of all parties to work with me to deliver a much-needed change in the law and a fairer deal for Scotland’s tied pubs and the brewing industry.”

In a statement, licensed trade body, the SLTA said:

“The SLTA echoes the support of the majority of respondents to the tied house consultation who are calling for a statutory Pubs Code and Adjudicator in Scotland to give Scottish tied house tenants the same protection as their counterparts in England and Wales. The status quo is not an option and our message remains the same – ‘there is an urgent need to have parity with the rest of the UK’. It is totally unacceptable for Scotland’s tenant licensees to be left in the very vulnerable position they find themselves in.

“Tied pub reform will end the discriminatory, unfair and uncompetitive marketplace that tied house tenants are locked into and will reverse the serious negative effect on the economy, particularly local economies.”

Sarah Bellis, CAMRA Director for Scotland says: 

“CAMRA welcomes the consultation results which show that an overwhelming 93% of respondents agree with CAMRA that change is needed to protect Scottish licensees tied to the large pub companies.

“Many pubs in Scotland are struggling because pub companies take more than is fair or sustainable from tied licensees’ profits by forcing them to buy their beer directly from them at inflated prices rather than on the open market. Licensees are further hit by paying above market value for rents and consequentially struggling to make a living, contributing to pub closures across Scotland.

“We therefore fully support Neil Bibby’s Pubs Code Bill, which calls for a powerful pubs code to govern the relationship between pub companies and their tenants to ensure licensees are treated fairly.”

GMB Organiser Martin Doran said: 

“Neil Bibby’s consultation on tied pub reform has demonstrated the strength of feeling and the breadth of the coalition in favour of change.  The Scottish Government should now move quickly to support legislative proposals which can deliver fairness for tied pubs tenants, give more choice for punters and help create a more level playing field for Scottish brewers who, as they should know, are significant employers.

“GMB Scotland members working in the Scottish brewing industry certainly understand that a fairer tied pubs market will help to sustain good jobs in their industry.  MSPs, of all parties, should be in no doubt that tied pub tenants and brewing industry workers alike support these proposals and now want to see change delivered.”

Colin Borland, Head of Devolved Nations at the FSB said:

“Neil Bibby’s proposed Bill will give the pub industry the New Year boost it needs by giving small businesses the opportunity to be free-of-tie – meaning lower prices and more choice for customers and greater take-home pay for tied tenants.

“FSB is calling on the Scottish Government to back local pub owners, get behind the Bill and call time on ineffective industry self-regulation.”

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Mackay welcomes strategy to target loneliness and isolation

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the developing of a new national strategy to tackle loneliness and isolation.

 

The draft plan, one of the first in the world, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.

 

Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.

 

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

 

“Anybody, regardless of age or circumstance, can be affected by social isolation and loneliness. Research also shows there is a link between loneliness and poor physical and mental health and that this can impact on everyday life.

 

“Scotland is leading the way when it comes to tackling this and will be one of the first in the world to develop a national strategy to address loneliness and isolation.

 

“As a Government we have an important role to play, but, we want communities and society to lead it. Communities themselves are best places to ensure people who may be at risk of becoming isolated or lonely can access the support they need. 

 

“Now we want to hear from you about what is important in tackling these issues. I would encourage everyone to have a say on this very important issue.”

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GLASGOW AIRPORT LAUNCHES PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS TO MODERNISE AIRSPACE

Glasgow Airport has today (Monday 15 January 2018) launched a 13-week public consultation seeking feedback on proposals to modernise the airspace currently used by aircraft to fly to and from the airport.

The airspace change proposals form part of the UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), an industry-wide initiative driven by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

 

A key element of the FAS involves removing ground-based navigation aids across the UK and using state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems. The ground-based navigation aid which Glasgow Airport currently uses to guide aircraft to and from the airfield will be decommissioned in 2019.

The move to satellite-based navigational systems will help reduce the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions.

 

Mark Johnston, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The flight paths used at Glasgow Airport have not changed in over 50 years and, as is the case with the wider UK airspace infrastructure, they are simply no longer fit for purpose. We now need to ensure the way we manage our airspace matches the advancements that have been made in aircraft technology.

 

“Modern aircraft are now equipped to use satellite navigation meaning they can fly more efficient, reliable and direct routes. In moving to this new system, not only will we be able to improve the punctuality of flights, we will be able to reduce the amount of fuel burn from aircraft at Glasgow by over 4,000 tonnes. To put this in perspective, this is the equivalent amount of fuel an A320-200 aircraft would require to operate 1,370 flights between Glasgow and Frankfurt. This in turn will allow us to reduce CO2 emissions by 21% (12,910 tonnes).

 

“It is important to stress we will only make changes to the arrival or departure flight paths once we have considered the views of all those who respond to the airspace change consultation. We will host a number of drop-in sessions over the course of the coming months and all views will then be presented to our regulator, the CAA, before the necessary approval can be granted.”

 

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Mark Johnston added: “We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that. It is important that our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we would encourage people to participate.”

 

Further information on the airspace consultation, including how to respond, can be found at www.glasgowairport.com/airspace.

 

The airport is also required to publish an updated noise action plan every five years and will be undertaking a parallel 13-week consultation on a draft plan. The noise action plan sets out proposed measures to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

 

Information on the Noise Action Plan can be found at www.glasgowairport.com/community/noise.

 

The deadline for submissions for both consultations is 13 April 2018

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Culture events from iconic painting to puppets and much more

A variety of cultural activities will be taking place in Renfrewshire over the next few months.
Art lovers will be able to see one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings when it is put on display at Paisley Museum.


The town is only one of four places in the country to put the famous Monarch of the Glen painting by Sir Edwin Landseer on show, as part of a nationwide tour organised by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The free viewings will take place at Paisley Museum between January 20 and March 11. Free family activities related to the painting are also being planned by Renfrewshire Leisure to coincide with the exhibition.


The Monarch of the Glen exhibition is just one of a host of cultural events being staged in Renfrewshire during the next six months and featured in the latest edition of the free what’s on brochure – The Guide.

The Guide, published this week shows a diverse range of shows, events, exhibitions and workshops is being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure between now and summer.

There are events that are part of the UK’s Puppet Animation Festival with two shows – Little Light and Conan the Dragon – being staged at Paisley Arts Centre and Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse, at Johnstone Town Hall, in April.

LGBT History Month, in February is being marked with a series of events locally, as is Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, during May.

And a special performance by soprano and piano duo, Voice and Verse that is particularly suited to people suffering from dementia is being held in Paisley Arts Centre, on April 18.

Traditional folk music fans have lots to look forward to with well-known bands like the Tannahill Weavers, Blazin’ Fiddles, Daimh, along with the legendary trio of musicians Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle performing over the next few months.

And on March 2 and 3 the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and festival is being staged in Paisley Arts Centre.

Ballet West bring their enchanting performance of Giselle ou les Wilis to Paisley Town Hall, on February 2 and if you like some rib-tickling comedy of an evening, then former River City star, Gary Lamont brings his Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Dropping the Soap to Paisley Arts Centre, on April 28.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We may have missed out on City of Culture, but we’re not going to be short on cultural activities over the next few months.

“We’ve a hugely diverse range of shows, events and exhibitions going on and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Guide can be picked up for free at Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, the town halls at Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew or download a version on www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

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Local MP urges Tory Government to save Renfrew bank branch

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has continued his campaign to save the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Renfrew town centre by calling on the UK Government to intervene to stop the popular branch from closing its doors for good.

The Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North was speaking in a Westminster debate on Thursday and slammed banking bosses for putting profits before the needs of the community.

Mr Newlands stated that this is fourth bank closure campaign that he’s been involved in since his election just two and a half years ago. Since then the Bank of Scotland closed their branch on Glasgow Road and the Clydesdale Bank have closed their branches in Renfrew and Bridge of Weir.

The Royal Bank plan to closing 62 of their branches across Scotland and Mr Newlands has urged the UK Government – as the major shareholder of the RBS – to intervene and save these vital banks.

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

“Banks like the Royal Bank of Scotland are callously ignoring the interest of their customers and the communities that they serve. This is not good enough and is, in fact, completely unacceptable when we recognise that it was the everyday taxpayer who bailed out the big banks.

“RBS are ignoring the fact that the Renfrew branch is a thriving busy branch, valued immensely by the local community, which only a few short months ago was deemed important enough for a costly refurbishment. RBS is ignoring the fact that local businesses rely on this branch and that it’s a vital service for those with a disability as well as older people.

“Following my disappointing and ultimately unproductive meeting with RBS bosses last month, it was clear that they have little interest in being transparent about how busy the branch actually is and are ignoring the fact that the Paisley branch is not a viable option for many of their customers.

“The Tory UK Government – as the major RBS shareholder – could intervene and save the Renfrew branch. All it takes is political will. However, it seems that the Tories are beholden to the banking bosses rather than standing up for the people of Renfrew.”

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A RECORD 9.9 MILLION PASSENGERS MAKE 2017 BEST YEAR EVER FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT

  • Passenger numbers up by more than 533,000 on 2016  
  • 30 new routes and services secured during record year

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest year ever in 2017 as more than 9.9 million passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 5.8%.

The airport significantly added to its growing destination list with the launch of a number of new Ryanair services to European cities including Madrid, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Krakow and Valencia.

Glasgow also continued to strengthen its position as Scotland’s principal long-haul airport with a new direct Delta Air Lines route to New York-JFK, record passenger numbers on the daily double Dubai service and additional flights to Orlando. Scotland’s only direct service from Seoul operated by Korean Air also returned in 2017 with an additional 25% capacity.

In December more than 618,100 people travelled through the terminal, however, adverse weather conditions resulted in a marginal -1.5% decrease on passenger numbers on the same period in 2016.  

International traffic was up by 2.3% due to strong demand for winter sun destinations including the Canary Islands and European city breaks, with Christmas markets in Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Krakow proving popular. The poor weather conditions in December also led to a -5.2% reduction on domestic traffic.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “2017 was a fantastic year for the airport. To carry more than 9.9 million passengers is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work put in by more than 5000 people across the airport.

“It was also particularly pleasing that we were able to considerably increase our connectivity, particularly across Europe, by securing more than 30 routes and services during the year.

“Over the last 12 months we also made considerable improvements to the airport by investing more than £25 million on a number of successful projects including the resurfacing of the runway, increasing aircraft stand capacity and the opening of our new consolidated car rental centre. Phase one of the expansion project to increase our Central Search security area by 20 per cent also got underway in December and should be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

“While Glasgow Airport enters 2018 in a position of strength, the wider aviation industry faces a number of challenges in the year ahead. These challenges will be particularly heightened by the Brexit situation, so it’s important we have clarity as early as possible on how the UK’s future relationship with the European Union will work.”

Traffic summary

December 2017

Total passengers

(000s)

% change Airport passengers for Jan-Dec 2017 % annual change
618,131 -1.5% 9,902,239 5.8%
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Knit Make Week

We still have lots of places left for our knit Make Week!

Made a new year’s resolution to take up a new skill or hobby? Why not learn to knit? We’ll be running workshops for knitters of all abilities, from novices to those who know their way around a needle but want to up their skills a bit, knitting strips of recycled cashmere & fabric into chic loose-knit cardigans & tops. It’s the perfect way to learn.

ReMode Make Weeks are completely free workshops in Lochwinnoch, run by experienced designers and professionals. We’ll give you the materials, the skills and the tuition; you create one piece for you and one for the ReMode shop.

Email me to book a place: beth@myleapproject.org
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Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union + Connect4Renfrewshire

Over the past 4 years Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union has been working with the Connect4Renfrewshire (C4R) project to help members with Energy advice, budgeting, money management, and helping them access ethical financial products.

How can the C4R project help you?

 

What

Connect4Renfrewshire brings together a wide range of services working with partners such as Renfrewshire Council, RAMH, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union and RAMH Lifeskills Furniture Re-use. Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union has been working in partnership with Connect4Renfrewshire for the past 4 years to help our members with various services such as –

 

  • Energy advice and advocacy
  • Specialist debt advice
  • Budgeting and money management support
  • Access to appropriate financial products
  • Advice on benefits
  • Access to recycled goods

Who

Connect4Renfrewshire launched in December 2013 and has supported 1800 Renfrewshire households to save money and ease the load. C4R have experienced workers who are available to help with money, budgeting and energy needs.

Connect4Renfrewshire is funded by Big Lottery and partner agencies, C4R is a direct response to welfare reform and the challenges that it presents to people living in social housing. By providing coordinated support, C4R seeks to help residents that are experiencing financial hardship and those that have been identified as being at risk.

Do you think you could be paying less for your energy bills? If you are a Renfrewshire-Wide member and you think the C4R project could help you with any of the above, give us a call on 0141 889 7442. You can also pop in and have a chat with Calum our C4R representative.

For further information about the C4R project please visit our website – http://www.rwcu.co.uk/news.php?article=82-Connect4Renfrewshire#.WVthLzOZPVo

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Campaign for greater insurance access for people with Huntington’s disease

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has called on the UK Government to ensure that insurance companies provide greater access to affordable insurance for individuals with Huntington’s disease and similar genetic conditions.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association is the only charity in Scotland exclusively dedicated to supporting families impacted by Huntington’s disease and has long campaigned for those diagnosed with Huntington’s disease to be able to access insurance at an affordable rate.

Mr Newlands spoke in Monday night’s adjournment debate about the struggle that too many individuals face when trying to access basic insurance. He expressed his disappointment about how many people with Huntington’s are being priced out from being able to afford insurance, and about the length of time that it takes to complete a simple application.

According to a survey completed by Genetic Alliance UK, 65% of respondents have problems accessing insurance with half of the respondents stating that the process has meant that they have avoided applying for insurance in the past.

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

“For most of us, given the proliferation of price comparison websites, accessing insurance has never been easier. However, for individuals with Huntington’s disease, it’s an uphill struggle to even access insurance and if they do they will likely have to pay premiums at astronomical rates, pricing many of them from being able to secure insurance at all.

“In reality, this will prevent individuals from securing car insurance, stop them from going on holiday and from acquiring life insurance to prepare for the possible future financial impact of Huntington’s disease.

“From speaking with individuals affected, it’s clear that the insurance companies still lack the necessary understanding about the symptoms of Huntington’s disease. It’s important that the insurance industry is guided by medical evidence and provide affordable insurance to those with complex neurological conditions like Huntington’s.

“Individuals with Huntington’s disease experience great challenges in life, but securing affordable insurance should not be another burden to overcome. The action required to tackle this unfairness is long overdue in creating an insurance system which works for everyone.”

John Eden, Chief Executive of Scottish Huntington Association, said:

“It is time we questioned if people with genetic conditions are being treated fairly by insurance companies. In the UK there is no legislation to protect people, leaving the insurance industry to self-regulate on this issue. The negative experience of people with Huntington’s Disease in relation to insurance serves as a warning that we risk creating a ‘genetic underclass’, which as our ability to test for more conditions improves; we run the risk of disadvantaging many more people.”

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Shine The Light Miss January

Introducing, Miss January; In Partnership with Paisley.org.uk and Pinnacle Training.

Mary McCorkindale

Mary is fondly known to family and friends as Dancing Queen; with an insatiable desire to dance, laugh and have fun.


Mary was nominated by her family, not because of her killer dance moves, but because of her undeniable strength and fortitude.

Mary was a foster parent to a large number of children along with her late husband Peter McCorkindale.
As well as fostering, Mary raised a large family of 6 children; late Colin, Paul, Ian, Lorraine, Shona and Peter. Amazingly, she also held down several jobs during this period and ran the well remembered Lonend Diner.

Mary recently fought and beat throat cancer; with lifestyle changes, Mary received the all clear.
Mary’s fortitude is also evident as the survivor of a severe house fire. She lost all belongings, and if not for trusty feline Kitty giving the warning, possibly a lot more. Thanks to local firefighters and Mary’s shouts for help, Mary was rescued and started life afresh.

In recent years, Mary tragically lost her oldest son. When Colin passed away, it was as if life had ended for Mary also.
It was only her undeniable strength and the love of her children that kept her moving forward. However, Mary was dealt another blow when her husband Peter passed away, and shortly after, her grandson, young Colin, son to Colin senior also.

For many this would have been the undoing but, armed with a fishing rod and a pack of sarnies, Mary sought refuge in fishing. At 78 years old, and 4ft 9 inches tall, Mary is a keen fisherwoman, and often puts seasoned (and often oversure fishermen!) to shame. She has the touch; the fishies can’t resist!

Mary is famous for not only for her dance moves, fishing skills and strength; she also makes the best pancakes in Paisley!
She was also recognised in the Paisley Daily Express for her artwork.

Mary is a proud woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. It is evident she has a family who are incredibly proud of her, her spirit, and her legend.

Dance on dancing queen, a worthy Miss January! 👏🍾🎉🎶

And remember; if you have a family member or friend deserving of recognition, they could be our next Miss or Mr February!