Paisley Town Hall

Council signs green pledge to promote sustainable timber

Renfrewshire Council has signed up to a new scheme committing the local authority to buy sustainable timber.

The scheme, operated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), discourages the illegal harvesting of timber products and the destruction of large parts of forest with no replanting taking place.

The council has pledged to support events that spread the message about sustainable timber and to train its own purchasing managers in responsible buying of timber products.

Figures from the WWF show that 1.5 million cubic metres of timber imported into the UK each year comes from illegal sources. New EU regulations to be introduced in 2013 will require anyone introducing a forest product into the UK to show where it’s come from and prove that it isn’t illegal.

Cllr Allan Noon, Renfrewshire Council’s finance spokesperson, said: “Last year, the council spent £95,000 on timber products for various services. And the public sector as a whole is responsible for 20% of all the timber purchased in the UK.

“As significant buyers of these products, we want to do what we can to influence and encourage responsible purchasing.

“We’ve all got a part to play in protecting our environment and a greener Renfrewshire is a major commitment of ours.”

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Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Still time to nominate Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to nominate their friends, loved ones, colleagues and neighbours for Provost’s Community Awards.

The awards take place in February but the nomination period ends at the end of November so time is running out.
Businesses, individuals and community groups across Renfrewshire are being invited to put forward their local heroes for these long-running awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate those in the community who have made special achievements and gone out of their way to make a difference to the lives of others.

The awards, which will be held in the Glynhill Hotel on Saturday 25 February, hosted by STV’s Sean Batty, who is himself from Paisley.

They are also set to be Provost Celia Lawson’s last as host in her role as Renfrewshire’s civic leader.

There are seven award categories:

  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services)
  • Adult Achiever, sponsored by Diageo
  • Special Needs (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns)
  • Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK)
  • Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza)
  • Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)

Provost Lawson said: “There are so many people around us who go above and beyond to contribute to our community or who have achieved something inspiring and these awards are a chance to recognise that. It may be someone who doesn’t even realise they difference they make or how proud their family and friends are.

“The Community Awards are one of my favourite jobs as Provost of Renfrewshire because they celebrate the real heroes on our doorsteps.”

The final date for nominations is Friday 25 November.

Nomination forms are available at all council buildings or on the council’s website


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Paisley Cenotaph

Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Members of the Royal British Legion and the armed forces will join representatives of Renfrewshire Council and a wide range of organisations and community groups at services.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson, who will be attending Paisley’s Remembrance Service, said: “This is a time for all of us to honour the service given by our armed forces and their sacrifice in military conflicts past and present.

“The services of commemoration are a time to remember those who gave so much for us.”

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Free Festive Parking for Paisley Christmas Shoppers

Christmas shoppers in Paisley will find their lives a little bit easier thanks to a free parking scheme in the lead up to the festive season.

The scheme will see 1700 free car parking spaces available in the town every weekend from Saturday 12 November 2011 to Saturday 31 December 2011

Spaces will be available at all council car parks including on-street parking, as well as the Piazza and Paisley Shopping Centre car parks.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “We know it’s a very busy and expensive time of year for people so the free festive parking scheme is a way of making it easier for people to come into Paisley town centre and do their shopping. Read more

Teenagers who take part in a project of activities designed to steer them away from antisocial behaviour are being urged to take part in a new scheme to give back to their communities.

The Kick and Collect scheme is being launched as part of the hugely successful Street Stuff project.

Street Stuff sees activities including street football with coaching from St Mirren FC, the Renfrewshire Youth Bus and the youth gym bus being taken out to communities across Renfrewshire. Over the last three years the project has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire.

Now the partners behind the project are working with the young people on projects which give back to the community, including clean ups of local areas, clearing graffiti and rubbish and during the Winter clearing snow from residential areas.

As a thank you for their efforts contributing to the community organisers are giving the teenagers the chance to take part in other activities through the Kick and Collect scheme.

The scheme encourages the teenagers to give back to communities and in return get the chance to take part in more activities. For example, one group recently enjoyed a trip to the SNO!zone donated by Xscape after taking part in a clean-up with Renfrewshire Wardens Service. St Mirren are also providing free tickets to their matches for those who take part and another 30 received special passes from Renfrewshire Council and Paisley Vision Board to the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On event.

They will join other community groups in the VIP area for a prime viewing spot for all the acts performing and for the spectacular fireworks finale over Paisley Abbey.

St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon said: “Street Stuff has been a huge success and the club are extremely proud to be able to play such a major role in it. But it’s about more than just keeping kids off the streets. It’s about giving them a sense of pride in their community and being a positive example to other young people.

“There are young people who have been coming to take part in the street football and other activities for a couple of years now so it’s great to see them giving up their own free time to give something back to their communities. The Kick and Collect Scheme is a great way to show our appreciation for their hard work.”

The Street Stuff programme attracts more than 15,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 14% and 30% in each area where it operates.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who is also chair of Paisley Vision Board, said: “Over the last couple of years I’ve had the chance to see first-hand the fantastic success of the Street Stuff programme and it’s brilliant to see it evolving into a wider community project with the teenagers themselves working with the organisers on projects to give back to their communities. This is a great example of partnership working being successful.

“The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On is Renfrewshire’s biggest events and in appreciation of their efforts we wanted these young people to really feel like a part of it.”

Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren FC and Reid Kerr College.

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600 Renfrewshire school kids competed in a road race in Linwood last week.

The race, which was the first of three taking place over the school year, saw 400 primary six and seven pupils run the 1.5k race whilst 200 first to third year secondary pupils ran the 3k race.

All three races are held in partnership with Renfrewshire Council’s Active Schools programme and Kilbarchan Amateur Athletic Club and will see runners take part in a cross country run in February and track and field championships in the summer.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “It’s great that so many local youngsters competed in these races and are continuing to get involved in the Renfrewshire Active Schools programme.”

“The sporting events held throughout the year are also part of Renfrewshire’s Gateway to the Games programme which will help find and recognise top young athletes in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”

“Getting children involved in sport from an early age is a major investment in their future. The benefits of having an active lifestyle, with regular exercise are well known.”

A total of 25 primary schools and 11 secondary schools from Renfrewshire took part in the first race. A full list of winners can be found at

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Top authors book into Foxbar Library

Three top childrens’ authors are set to visit a Paisley library this month.

Simon Puttock, Margaret Ryan and Lynne Rickards will all pop into Foxbar Library to read from their books and talk about what inspires them.

Simon Puttock, author of Mademoiselle Gorilla will appear on Saturday 12 November between 10.30am and 11.30am.

Simon, who was born in New Zealand and now lives in Edinburgh, has written over 20 books for younger children including “Little Lost Cowboy” which was the winner of the 2006 Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards.  His books are well known as being funny and engaging, and loved by children. Read more

Stacey set to switch on Paisley

Singing sensation and TV star Stacey Solomon is set to light up Paisley as the headline act at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On event.

Stacey, who shot to fame on the X-Factor and finished third overall, will perform to thousands at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 5 November.

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Roadshows take winter readiness message to Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents who want to prepare for winter can get the information they need when out shopping this week

The Scottish Government’s Winter Resilience Roadshow will visit Asda Linwood on Thursday 10 November and Sainbury’s Braehead on Friday 11 November.

Advisers from the Scottish Government will be on hand to speak to the public about preparing for winter in their home, their car or their community. They will be distributing wallet cards and magnets which highlight where people can get more information.

From Renfrewshire Council, wardens, environmental services staff and roads staff will be available to let residents know more about what is being done locally to prepare for and cope with severe weather conditions this winter.

The Scottish Government team will be there from 9am-5pm each day, with Renfrewshire Council staff available from 2pm – 4pm.

Cllr Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “Our Ready for Winter campaign is getting the message out there that everyone needs to start thinking now about how they’ll cope if the weather worsens.”

“Supermarkets are one of the best places to engage with large groups of people so we welcome the opportunity to join the Scottish Government in these roadshows.”

“I’d urge anyone shopping on these days to stop by and find out more.”


Renfrewshire residents who are feeling the pinch or just want to make their most of their money have the chance to get all their questions answered under one roof.

Make The Most of Your Money Day, Wednesday 9 November, will see a host of advice and information on offer on everything from claiming benefits to rising fuel bills, or even just running a home.

Pop in to Paisley Town Hall any time between 10am and 7pm on the day for the chance to speak to:

  • Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Council Tax Benefits teams
  • The Pension Service
  • Advice Works
  • Trading Standards
  • JobCentre Plus
  • FLAIR Welfare Rights Service
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Energy Advice Centre Scotland advice centre, and many more.

Councillor Allan Noon, Renfrewshire Council’s Finance Spokesperson, said: “In the current economic climate we all need to be managing our money as best we can. Particularly if you are facing redundancy or are newly unemployed, it is vital to plan your next steps. The good news is that there’s loads of help at hand and we’ve brought it all under one roof to make it as easy as possible for local residents to speak to the right people for advice.

“You can get help with all sorts of money queries, including a full benefit check to find out if you’re receiving everything you’re entitled to, advice on heating bills and ways to save energy. Renfrewshire-wide Credit Union will be there with information on low-cost loans, pre-paid debit cards, help with paying bills and discounts on energy-saving household goods. There’s no need to make an appointment just pop in for a chat and a cup of tea.”

Make The Most of Your Money Day is being held as part of Renfrewshire Money Week, a series of events running throughout Renfrewshire between Monday 7 November and Friday 11 November.

Local residents are also being reminded to look out for the Renfrewshire Money Bus, which will be out and about throughout the week with information and advice on issues such as benefits, debts, energy efficiency, housing costs and managing your money.
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