Glasgow airport hybrid Vehicles
  • Eight petrol/electric plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4s arrive at Glasgow Airport


Glasgow Airport has invested more than £200,000 to introduce an eight-strong fleet of petrol/electric plug-in hybrid vehicles to its operations.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4×4 vehicles will be deployed across the airport’s security, engineering and airfield operations teams. A number of charging stations have also installed across the airport campus to accommodate the two-litre engine vehicles.

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Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEV vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander can be plugged-in and recharged from an outlet, which allows them to drive extended distances using just electricity. When the battery is running low emptied, the conventional engine kicks in to support it.

Each of the airport’s new vehicles have been supplied by Arnold Clark and can achieve up to 166 miles per gallon, bringing both attractive cost reductions and environmental benefits.  

Mark Johnston, Managing Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The Outlander hybrid vehicles are fantastic additions to our fleet. The vehicles they have replaced produced between 200 and 230 grams of CO2 per kilometre whereas the Outlander is around the 41-grams mark.

“As well as delivering up to 166 miles per gallon, they also have the ability to drive over 30 miles with zero emissions using just electricity. As the fleet makes short journeys around the airfield, the Outlanders will be charged frequently at one of our stations to again minimise the amount of fuel used. We also enjoy the added bonus that 100% of our own electricity supply at Glasgow Airport is generated using renewable energy.

“The environmental benefits and considerable cost reductions associated with the introduction of these hybrid plug-in vehicles are very attractive, so much so that through time we are considering rolling them out across the entire airport fleet.”

Scott McPhail, Group Business Franchise Manager, said: “We are delighted to be adding Glasgow Airport to our expanding portfolio of business customers, especially given their locality to our head office at Hillington, and with us being relatively new to working with Mitsubishi from a business supply perspective.

“We are sure our plug-in hybrid will be an excellent addition to their fleet, and we look forward to working with Glasgow Airport, as well as Aberdeen and Southampton airports, in introducing these vehicles across their operations.”


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Thirteen Renfrewshire schools will go cashless this spring as the roll-out of ParentPay continues.

ParentPay launched in Howwood Primary, Castlehead High School, St Fillan’s Primary, Gryffe High School, Auchenlodment Primary and St James’ Primary in Renfrew in January.

The next stage of the roll-out will begin in March, with Johnstone High School, Trinity High School, Houston Primary, Bridge of Weir Primary, West Primary, Wallace Primary, St Anne’s Primary, St Catherine’s Primary, Bargarran Primary, St John Bosco Primary, Kilbarchan Primary, Lochwinnoch Primary and Thorn Primary all going cashless by early May 2019.

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The new cashless system allows parents to pay for school lunches, trips, events, activities and equipment online.

The roll-out is part of a programme that will see all schools in Renfrewshire go cashless by April 2020.

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Finance, Resources and Customer Services at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Introducing ParentPay in our schools will revolutionise the way parents and carers pay for school meals, trips and activities.

“It takes money out of the classroom, allowing parents to top up online and keep track of what their child is eating at lunch time.

“We want to make all schools in Renfrewshire cashless by April 2020. I’m excited to get the next phase of our ParentPay launch programme underway.”

The cashless system, which is already used in more than 8,500 UK schools, allows parents and carers to make online payments into their child’s account 24/7. They will also be able to see what their child has ordered for lunch and keep a record of all the payments they have made.

Parents and carers who don’t use online banking can put money into their child’s account at their nearest PayPoint, usually located in newsagents and other local shops.

Activation letters with step-by-step instructions on how to register for ParentPay will be sent out to parents and carers before their child’s school moves onto the new system.

Parents and carers will need to set up a MyGovScot MyAccount login to use the new payment system.

To register for MyAccount visit

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GAMING fans are being promised “more video gaming mayhem than they’ve ever seen before” at a huge show being staged in Scotland.

PLAY Expo is being held at intu Braehead, on Saturday and Sunday June 8 and 9 and it’s almost twice the size as before.

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So, it’s game on as the country’s biggest and longest running gaming event returns for another year.

As well as filling the giant Arena at intu Braehead with everything enthusiasts love about gaming and popular culture, the event this year also takes over the site of the adjacent curling rink at the retail and leisure destination.

The increase in floorspace for PLAY Expo means there are even more games and events for fans to enjoy.

The show has something for everyone including retro consoles and computers, classic arcade and pinball machines, indie and modern games for PC and console.

There will also be gaming tournaments, LAN gaming and Cosplay contests, board games, Minecraft, Fortnite, merchandise stalls and much more. And best of all, once you have bought your entry ticket, all the games are free to play.

For the first time, this year’s show features live entertainment with Australian comedian, John Robertson hosting his hilarious game show The Dark Room, which sees members of the audience being trapped inside an imaginary retro video game.

PLAY Expo is staged by experienced video game show specialists, Replay Events. Organiser Andy Brown said:

“This is the fourth year we’ve brought the show to intu Braehead and I can promise that with the huge amount of extra space we’ll be taking for the show, the place will be jam-packed with games, features, exhibitors.

“We’ll be bringing more video gaming mayhem than Scotland has ever seen before.

“I can’t wait for the show to take place and it will be a fantastic event for gamers old and young with loads of experience or none.”

Log on to for more details and to buy tickets that start at £16 for adults and £10 for youngsters.

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Kind-hearted volunteers are making a difference to their local community as they get behind Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Service users at Milldale Day Opportunities Centre have joined together to learn more about recycling, including setting up a regular recycling group on a Friday to ensure paper, card, yoghurt pots and cans are disposed of correctly.

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They also host a weekly litter pick of the local area to keep it clean and tidy and they have been praised by local residents for their hard work.

Laura Deans, Senior Day Service Officer, said: “The weekly litter picks have provided our group with outdoor exercise and the self-motivation to make a difference to their local community.

“We’ve seen members of the group really excited to take part and they even visited a local recycling plant to see what happens to the waste they are recycling.

“They’re delighted to be a part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and are readying themselves for summer to ensure visitors to the On-X know they need to ‘Bin it for Linwood’.”

Milldale Day Opportunities provides a day service for adults 18+ with learning disabilities and/or autism.  The service is designed around the individual needs of the people attending the service to enable them to lead as full and independent a life as possible.

They join another Day Opportunities service in supporting the campaign, with the Mirin, leaving from the Lagoon every Thursday to carry out litter picking on Seedhill and Glasgow Road.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted to see this inspiring group of volunteers make such a difference to their local area.

“The Team Up to Clean Up campaign aims to bring everyone together to make Renfrewshire a better place to live and work, and this group are a shining example of the enthusiasm needed to make it a success.

“Thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work and determination, it’s inspiring for the rest of us so let’s keep working together to brighten up our communities.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has been allocated £2.5million across five years to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, brighter place to live, work and visit.

The campaign has seen investment in increased street sweeping, gully cleaning and litter picking programmes, as well as providing the support our communities need to do their bit by organising community litter picks.

For more information on the campaign, and to get involved, visit up or join the dedicated Facebook group.


Renfrewshire to receive £1.4million to support town centres.


Renfrewshire is set to receive over £1.4million as part of a new Scottish Government £50 fund to help boost town centres.

A £50 million fund to help boost town centres has been launched.


The Town Centre Fund, which has been set up in partnership with COSLA, is supporting councils to ensure their high streets are more diverse, sustainable and successful in the face of changing and evolving retail patterns.

It will be for local authorities to allocate this fund against the themes of the Town Centre Action Plan.

The money will fund a wide range of investments which will make town centres more vibrant, enterprising, and accessible.

This could include the re-purposing of empty buildings for housing or social and community enterprises.

Speaking as he announced the launch of the fund in Renfrew Town Centre, Renfrewshire MSP and Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said:

“Town centres are facing challenges across Scotland in adapting to a changing retail climate, and it is important that we help them to diversify and adjust to overcome these challenges.

“I want to make sure we can keep life in our high streets, and ensure they continue to be thriving places for communities to live, work and enjoy.

“This fund, which Renfrewshire will receive £1.4 million from, will enable local authorities to stimulate and support a wide range of investments which will encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, and create an increase in footfall through local improvements and partnerships.

“It is part of a wider boost to the economy through providing more than £5 billion of capital investment to grow and modernise Scotland’s infrastructure, and a wider package of support to businesses, including maintaining a competitive business rates package and providing the most generous package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK.”

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Sunday 03 March is World Wildlife Day, according to the United Nations. The theme this year is ‘Life below water: for people and planet.’ The UK marine and coastal environment is home to a huge number of species including the bottlenose dolphin and orca, the basking shark, humpback whale, and leatherback turtle, as well as some species with unusual names – butterfish, butchers broom, Bloody Henry, sea mouse and sea slug.

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Widespread threats to ocean wildlife are overfishing, pollution and climate change. The Great British Beach Clean from Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in September last year brought about 15,000 volunteers to the beaches (double that of 2017). On average, every 100 m of UK coastline cleaned had nearly 189 plastic/polystyrene pieces. Beach cleaning is now trending and things are moving forward with tackling our addiction to single-use plastics, including developments in the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland and England. Through March, April and May, MCS, together with Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Scotland Beautiful, will be running more events through the Great British Spring Clean.


Details of all upcoming MCS beach cleans can be found at Nathan Roberts, founder of Why Conserve and Conservation Scotland which were this week accepted into the ConservationNOW network of the Conservation Optimism movement alongside Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Marine Stewardship Council, and Zoological Society of London, said, “This weekend is a great opportunity to learn more about marine species, threats and conservation actions. If you are using social media, just search #WorldWildlifeDay and #DoOneThingToday.” He added, “I will use the day to launch the new Why Conserve website at to extend the conservation message and act as a signpost to accessible actions with impact.”

Renfrewshire Council Budget 2019-20

A positive budget benefiting “every single community and neighbourhood in Renfrewshire” was agreed by councillors today (Thursday 28 February 2019).

A £412million budget for 2019-20 includes a transformational £79million package of one-off and longer-term investments.

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This will see an additional £29million invested in school buildings and £40million over the next five years towards Renfrewshire roads, pathways and cycling routes.

Further targeted investments totalling £4.3million will protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, support inclusive economic growth, improve the environment, breathe new life into community facilities and enhance cultural participation.

The budget also confirms the Council’s £324million capital investment programme and supports national policies including the expansion of free early years childcare.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Our budget is based on doing what is right for Renfrewshire today and tomorrow. That’s why we are making major investments which will bring long-lasting benefit over the coming years and putting in place funds which will benefit every single community and neighbourhood in Renfrewshire.

“We are making a massive investment in our children and young people, matching their commitment to learning by providing the best possible learning environments.

“And our roads investment is the single biggest ever of its kind in Renfrewshire, making journeys safer and easier and improving business connectivity. These significant works will complement new developments and ongoing town centre improvements and make it easier for visitors to enjoy all Renfrewshire has to offer.”

Five-year funding for Renfrewshire roads is in addition to the existing City Deal infrastructure projects in the region, while the budget sets aside £5.5million to support regeneration to the south of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area and provide greater economic connectivity between Paisley town centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Funds for school buildings will enable the council to unlock money from the Scottish Government’s £1billion school investment fund. There’s also immediate investment in improving facilities at Bishopton Primary; Kirklandneuk Primary, St Anthony’s Primary and Paisley Grammar School, while defibrillators will be installed across all Renfrewshire secondary schools.

Bucking the national trend, music tuition will remain free in Renfrewshire schools for the next four years through a £500,000 investment, recognising the power of culture in raising attainment and improving health and wellbeing.

The Provost’s School Exchange Fund is being established to support cultural exchanges for pupils and school road safety is bolstered by the development of a safety initiative team tackling irresponsible parking in and around schools.

Support to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities sees £1.4million for adult social care services, enabling Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) to meet increasing demand and care cost pressures.

There is a 3% increase in the allowance for Foster and Kinship Carers recognising the lifechanging contribution they make to the most vulnerable children and young people; a commitment to help secure the Living Wage for all care staff working with Renfrewshire residents and funds for more staff to be trained in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Communities will benefit from £2.3million towards community halls, prioritising a full refurbishment of the McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch; Elderslie Village Hall and South End Action Centre, Paisley alongside repairs to Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan.

Renfrewshire Leisure will receive funds to develop a library outreach service and there’s funds for improvements to the popular Barshaw Park pond and to develop plans for an inclusive adventure playpark.

Initiatives to support inclusive economic growth include further funds for businesses to improve their shop fronts, enhanced warden provision in Paisley town centre and money to improve priority road markings.

Building on the successes of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, new multi-purpose litter and dog fouling bins will replace existing bins and there’s tree works planned across key locations.

Councillor Nicolson added: “Our budget reflects our on-going commitment to listen to what our communities are telling us and respects their role as partners in building success for the region over the coming years.

“It treats people fairly and builds on our multi-year investments made last year to support employability, tackle poverty and enhance the local environment.”

Also included in the budget are commitments not to introduce a workforce parking levy or any form of new household waste collection charges.

Council Tax will increase by 4.79% – equivalent to a weekly increase of £1.10 on a Band D property – with £1.3million of income it generates ring-fenced to drive the school and roads investment.

The budget includes £19million of efficiency savings through initiatives including the Better Council Change Programme, the council having delivered £117million of savings since 2010.

Councillor John Shaw, Finance, Resources and Customer Services Convener, said: “We are in a stable financial position and this has enabled us to put forward such a positive budget.

“At the same time we understand the challenging financial outlook facing all local councils and that’s why our investments support our priorities beyond the financial year and safeguard services for the future.”

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Residents are set to benefit from an £86.6m housing investment in Renfrewshire over the next three years.
Councillors unveiled Renfrewshire’s Housing Capital Investment Plan 2019/20 to 2021/22 as they announced their Budget plans today.

The multi-million pound investment plan will focus on new build homes, regeneration and the maintenance of existing council homes.

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It will invest £86.6m up to 2022 in a range of programmes that will improve housing levels and advance the council’s commitment to provide 1,000 new, affordable homes by 2021.

Planned investment programmes include improvements to the external fabric of council houses, roof renewals, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, improved electrical wiring and heating systems and improvements to multi-storey flats and sheltered housing. Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will also continue to be upgraded as part of a programme to meet the Scottish Government’s new standards which come into effect in February 2021.

The plan also includes provision for new build investment in affordable social housing in Renfrewshire at sites in Bishopton and Johnstone Castle, as well as new build homes on sites at Ferguslie Park, Foxbar, Gallowhill and South West Johnstone. These projects combined will provide over 400 new council homes.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We are committed to providing high-quality, affordable homes that will encourage people to come and live and work in Renfrewshire.

“We are continuing to invest in our housing stock and this significant investment will ensure we can provide our communities with homes that are the right type, the right size and in the right place to meet their needs and improve their quality of life.

“Listening to our tenants and providing them with services that meet their needs is one of our top priorities. We are expanding our caretaking service so it will be available to tenants seven days a week. We are also investing in an additional Neighbourhood Environmental Training squad that will work with our housing teams to address estate management in council housing areas.

“We are on track to achieve our aim of providing 1,000 new, affordable homes by 2021. This, coupled with investment in our existing housing stock, will ensure a positive future for Renfrewshire and its residents.”

It was also announced that rent will increase by 2% after a consultation with more than 600 council tenants saw an overwhelming majority back the increase.

Tenants also indicated they strongly agree with the council’s housing priorities to deliver high quality services, maintain and improve existing council houses and invest in new build homes.

Councillor McGurk added: “We recognise the pressure on many households and it’s important we continue to maintain affordability for our tenants while also covering the rising costs related to maintaining our council housing stock. This increase will contribute towards our services, the maintenance of our existing housing, the delivery of our Capital Investment Programme and the development of over 400 new build homes.

“We’re committed to mitigating the impact of the slower than expected pace of UK welfare reform changes and as such have incorporated a transitional premium cap of £1.50 per week for any rent which has to be increased to ensure the change is manageable for our tenants.

“Tenants have shown their support for our housing priorities and we will work hard to meet their needs and provide high-quality housing for those who wish to rent or buy a home in Renfrewshire.”

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Renfrewshire’s school pupils could benefit from a major new school investment programme if councillors agree a budget for the year ahead today (Thursday 28 February 2019).
If approved, an additional £29million will be earmarked for investment in school buildings, benefiting pupils for generations to come. The funding will also unlock additional investment from the Scottish Government’s £1billion schools infrastructure programme from 2021.

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A five-year £40million programme of roads, cycleway and path improvements will also be put forward as part of the plans.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The proposals we’re putting forward today if approved, will ensure a major multi-million-pound investment in our schools and our local roads network.

“Unlocking this major investment for our schools and local roads will deliver a budget for Renfrewshire’s growth, both now and in the future. We want to make this investment in our pupils and in our economy, so that when our school children are making choices about their future, they can take advantage of the training and employment opportunities we are investing in now through our Glasgow City Deal investment and wider regeneration plans.”

The Scottish Government recently announced it was providing local authorities with the flexibility to extend council tax increases beyond the previous 3% cap to a maximum of 4.79%. If agreed by councillors today, this would see an additional £1.3million secured for investment in schools and roads.

Other proposals to be considered by Councillors today include:

A pledge not to introduce any new charges for the routine collection of household or garden waste

A pledge not to introduce a workforce parking levy in Renfrewshire

Councillor John Shaw, Finance, Resources and Customer Services Convener, said: “Councils face huge challenges in how they manage their budgets to ensure we continue to deliver the services people rely on as well as invest for the longer term. Since 2010-11 we have delivered more than £100million of savings and managed our budgets efficiently. However, with the increase in demand for our services, we face difficult choices in the years ahead.

“We believe this budget recognises the issues that are important to our communities as well as investing in Renfrewshire for the longer term. By maximising the resources available to us we can deliver our ambitions to support business growth, open up training and employment opportunities, invest in our schools and communities and care for the most vulnerable in our society.”

Test Drive Flyer Season 2

Our casting team are currently looking for applicants for Series 2 of our brand new car-based gameshow, Test Drive.

Test Drive Flyer Season 2

The first series is due to air on BBC Scotland (the new channel) from February 25th at 7pm.

It’d be great if you could put a message out to your network?

We’re looking for fun, opinionated and outgoing teams of two – from loved up couples, bickering family members, best pals to colleagues for our exciting new car-based gameshow. For a chance to go on a road-trip across Scotland’s most amazing landscapes and potentially win a cash prize en-route, applicants must be available for one full day’s filming between 25th March & 5th April 2019 (excluding weekend).

Apply directly to (all applicants must be legal residents of the UK and currently living in Scotland | Drivers must be 21+ and have held a valid licence for at least 1 year)