Ferguslie Park residents asked to have their say

Residents in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park area are being asked to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event hosted by police and council staff.

The Ferguslie Park Community Safety Event will take place in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park on Thursday 20 June, from 6 until 9pm.

policeOn the night, senior police officers and council officials will give a presentation on the results of a series of fact-finding interviews conducted with residents in the area earlier this year.

The signal interviews sought to discover what residents think about the area, and what they want to see from police and council services.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion over what police and council community safety staff can do to deal with those points.

There will also be around 15 stalls there on the night, allowing residents to access advice and help from staff from a variety of council and other services.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “Ferguslie Park may have had a few issues to deal with over the years, but one thing that stands out is the community spirit of the people who live there.

“We want people from the area to come along on the night and play their part in that community.

“Visitors will get the chance to hear about the work which is being done locally and to give us their opinions on what they want to see being done.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Police Office said: “We work closely with the various council staff which are involved in community safety work, such as the wardens service and the anti-social behaviour team.

“Between us, there are lots of things we are doing and can do to help make the streets safer.

“But we are limited in what we can do unless we have the support of the people who are out there in the community.

“Our message to them is that this is your area – come along on the night and let us know what you want from it.”

Organisations who will be represented on the night include the NHS, Victim Support and Engage Renfrewshire, with staff from the council’s trading standards, and welfare reform advice services also among those set to be there.

Glasgow Airport reports passenger growth for May 2013

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 665,000 people travelling through the airport in May 2013, representing an increase of just under 1% compared to the same period last year.

British Airways’ and easyJet’s London routes along with Flybe’s UK regional services provided a boost for domestic traffic. Demand for international travel also remained strong and the performance of Lufthansa Regional’s Dusseldorf service and Wizz Air’s flights to Warsaw and Gdansk, contributed to a 15% increase in EU scheduled flights.


Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We have been working closely with our airline partners to introduce new routes and add capacity on existing services and our efforts have been reflected in the continued increase in passenger numbers.

“We are now looking forward to what promises to be a busy summer season and have recruited additional members of staff to meet the extra demand. They will be on-hand to offer assistance to the tens of thousands of passengers who will travel through the airport in the coming weeks and to ensure their holidays get off to the best possible start.”

The airport is continuing with its £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Earlier this month Glasgow Airport became the first airport in the UK to achieve five stars in a rigorous audit by the British Safety Council. The airport was assessed over four days, achieving the accreditation and the maximum five stars at the first attempt.


5SCOTS the Argyll and Sutherland highlanders Parade through Paisley

Soldier Kenny Kyle posted this on our Facebook Group: 5SCOTS the Argyll and Sutherland highlanders are parading through Paisley Renfrewshire this Wednesday !


This battalion historically has loads of boys recruited from the town and that is the same to this day. Let’s see the town show their appreciation and support to the lads both young and old, past and present as this will be the last time they parade their colours. Sad day! Good luck boys, have a great day!

5Scots will form up in Gilmour Street at 10:30 then step off at 11:00 to parade through Paisley, please come out and thank our boys and reflect on the sad passing of such a historic Scottish Regiment.

Parade Route:

12 June 2013 – Paisley 11.00hrs
Parade steps off at County Place, High Street/Story Street Junction,
saluting dias at Paisley Abbey.



Photograph courtesy of www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com

Bar boss says cheers for council grant

A popular bar which moved house to open in the heart of Paisley has a classy new look…thanks to a grant of thousands of pounds from Renfrewshire Council.
Hamishes’ Hoose landlord, Piero Pieraccini took advantage of the council’s Paisley Town Centre Property Improvement Grant to help pay for the modern eye-catching exterior and signage on the High Street property, which had lain empty for several years.

Piero is delighted to show council leader Mark Macmillan the new-look frontage which came about with the help of a property improvement  grant from Renfrewshire Council. Piero is urging other town centre businesses to get in on the act

Piero is delighted to show council leader Mark Macmillan the new-look frontage which came about with the help of a property improvement grant from Renfrewshire Council. Piero is urging other town centre businesses to get in on the act

And the transformation has won praise from customers who are impressed with the makeover and also from other traders who may now follow in Piero’s footsteps and seek a grant from the council.

Well-known Hamishes’ Hoose recently re-located from underneath the railway bridge at 42 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley to bigger premises at 45 High Street where Buddies can enjoy great food and drink. And when it came to improving the property Piero was delighted to learn he qualified for the property improvement grant of £8,700 which has give the outside of the building a complete makeover.

He said: “The front of the premises certainly needed a lot of work done to it, as some of the wood was rotting and the railings in front of the pub windows were rusty. Getting the town centre improvement grant was a real help and without the funding from Renfrewshire Council, we wouldn’t have been able to make the place look as good as it does.”
Piero added: “As well as making the pub look great from the outside, it also improves the look of the High Street in general.

“I would urge every town centre business to take advantage of this grant funding and when their property looks good, it creates a positive image for their business and the town centre as a whole. “The council is doing their bit to help regenerate Paisley town centre and now we need other property owners to do the same.”

Another town centre business to get on their bike and take advantage of the Council’s property improvement grant is Thomsons Cycles, at 58 Causeyside Street.

Martin Johnston, manager at Thomson Cycles in Causeyside Street, Paisley is gearing up for busy times ahead after the business got a helping hand with a whopping £10,000 improvement grant from Renfrewshire Council to give the entrance to the shop a makeover. He is pictured with council leader Mark Macmillan who called in to see the changes.

Martin Johnston, manager at Thomson Cycles in Causeyside Street, Paisley is gearing up for busy times ahead after the business got a helping hand with a whopping £10,000 improvement grant from Renfrewshire Council to give the entrance to the shop a makeover. He is pictured with council leader Mark Macmillan who called in to see the changes.

The business received a welcome £10,000 grant and shop manager, Martin Johnston said: “The property had been empty for years when we moved in and the place was an eyesore.
“It’s crucial to have a good interior and exterior as it’s all about the customer experience when they come to your shop.

“People have commented that the shop is very impressive and we couldn’t have done as much as we did to the property if it wasn’t for the council grant.”
Martin added: “We have been telling other businesses about the improvement grants and it’s definitely something they should take advantage of. “It’s a great idea from the council to help make Paisley better looking.”

Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan said: “There is money available to help town centre businesses and property owners improve their premises. “More than 90 per cent of property in Paisley town centre is privately owned. Everyone has to pull together and do their bit to revitalise Paisley and a good place to start is by keeping their property in good repair. “A town centre that looks the business has a better chance of doing the business.”

Property owners in Paisley town centre can get grant funding of 80 per cent of the improvement costs up to £10,000. Contact Renfrewshire Council’s planning department at pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 3000 144 or log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk for more information.

Accord Hospice Fayre 2013 Photographs

The Accord Hospice Fayre held at the newly refurbished Paisley Town Hall was a great success attracting people from all over Renfrewshire to support the annual event.

Accord Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no longer be appropriate.

All Photographs for Paisley on the web were taken by Tracey Clements.

For more information on Accord please visit www.accordhospice.org.uk

Finalists in a National Competition called TEENSTAR 2013.

Two singing students of McCallum School of Music based in Renfrewshire are Finalists in a National Competition called TEENSTAR 2013.

They are 2 out of 16 finalists who will perform at the London O2 Arena on the 7th July 2013 for £50,000 plus a 4 year development recording contract.

the students have competed against 14,000 entries across the whole of the UK and their talented voices have sang them through….

I’d like to tell you a little about both of the M.S.M Starlets…..

Abbie R O’Niell- Barrhead

Abbie has been with MSM for 2 months and within that small space of time she has grown into a fabulous performer…. Abbie is 11 years old!!!!

At the semi finals in Newcastle she sang ‘On My Way’ by Chris Brown….

Abbie did not get the Judges vote however……there was a wildcard opportunity across the whole of the UK she was up against 34 competitors and the UK chose her!!!!!

so Abbie got the UK’s wild card vote and will be the extra competitor in the Final.

Abbie has such an energetic personality on stage and her voice is extremely different….very unique.

This is Abbie at her regional final at Candleriggs in Glasgow



Keira Swift- Glasgow

KEIRA PIC BEAUX DRESS TEENSTAR 2013Keira is known as ‘The Little girl with the BIG voice’ ( quote from The Evening Times) throughout Glasgow…having performed all over Scotland including quite a few events with Gina…who has mentioned that she is a FAN of Keira’s…..

Keira is 9years old!!!!

At the semi finals, there were 50 supporters supporting the girls,

Keira sang The Whitney Houston classic…One Moment in Time’ and absolutely wow’d the crowd and Judges…..

Keira has a huge vocal range and performs her socks off at every event.

This is Keira at Semi Finals in Newcastle



I’m also very proud to say that McCallum School of Music is the ONLY music school to have ever had 4 students from the same school through to a NATIONAL Competition and also…2 students through to the Final!!! this is a huge achievement for the girls and for the music school which is very community based, For example, this year alone we have performed at over 45 charity events so far and are booked in for summer/Christmas events already for many Charity events such as The Prince & Princess of Wales Summer Ball.

Here is one of my other students who performed at the Semi Finals..

Little Miss Courtney McHarg…10years old singing When you Believe


Scotlands own TEENSTAR FINALISTS performing on the 15th June at Barshaw Gala Day

McCallum School of Music performing …including


The little girl with the big voice’….Miss Keira Swift

The Diva with the Energy……Miss Abbie R O’Neill

Hope you come support your own talented singers!!!

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New £675,000 strategy launched to care for Renfrewshire’s 22,000 carers

A £675,000 support package is being put in place to help Renfrewshire’s 22,600 carers look after their loved ones without sacrificing their own health and happiness.

Details of the new package are contained in the Renfrewshire Carers’ Strategy 2013 – 16. The document is being launched at the Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre annual general meeting on 10 June – the start of Carers’ Week.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said, “The work carers do is becoming more and more important as our population gets older. Carers help people live in their own homes for longer; they reduce emergency hospital admissions and they help stop people getting stuck in hospital because there is no one to look after them at home.

“While people are living longer they aren’t necessarily enjoying a healthy old age. By 2035 a quarter of Renfrewshire’s population will be over 65. Many will need significant care. At the same time there will be a shrinking number of younger working people. In these circumstances our society will be even more dependent on the contribution made by carers than we are already.

“This is why it is vital that we provide carers with the support they need to cope with their responsibilities, while staying healthy themselves and having a life of their own.”

The Renfrewshire Carers’ Strategy 2013 – 16 is based on extensive consultations with carers. The document is designed to deliver on the issues that are most important to them – issues such as respite care, emotional support and early intervention to support carers before they reach crisis point.

The specific goals contained in the strategy are to:

* Improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of carers

* Increased carers’ confidence in managing the caring role

* Enable carers to combine their caring responsibilities with work, a social life, leisure time and learning opportunities – having a life outside of caring

* Ensure carers are not disadvantaged or discriminated against or suffering financial hardship as a result of caring

* Involve carers in planning and shaping the services needed for the person they care for and the support they need themselves.

Carers told to take a break by Renfrewshire Council

With Carers’ Week due to start on 10 June, carers in Renfrewshire are being reminded that Renfrewshire Council, and its partners in Reshaping Care for Older People, have set aside £200,000 to give them a chance to take a well earned break.

The Free Breaks for Carers Service is free and flexible. Qualified carers step in so their everyday carer can take some stress-free time off to recharge their batteries without having to worry about the person they look after.

carers weekThe service is open to anyone in Renfrewshire who cares for someone who is over 65 years old. The care doesn’t need to be delivered at home. The service can cater for trips and excursions if the person who is being cared for enjoys going out.

It’s estimated that there are over 22,000 carers in Renfrewshire with 57% of them either looking after a parent or grandparent.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said, “Carers do an amazing job and our aim is to provide them with as much help and support as possible. Being a carer is a massive commitment and for many it’s more than a full time job.

“The council recognises someone has to care for the carers. The help and support we provide to older people in our communities, has to extend to the people who look after them. This includes addressing the impact that being a carer has on their jobs, education, health and leisure time.

“We asked carers what we could do to help and the new respite care at home service is what they came up with. It allows people to recharge their batteries and continue in their caring role.

“Supporting carers is critical so we’ve allocated £200,000. Now it’s there, we’re telling carers to take a break!”

The council is also encouraging anyone who regularly provides a substantial amount of care to someone else to have a carer’s assessment done. A carer’s assessment looks at:

* How being a carer affects the person

* How much care they can realistically provide without it adversely affecting their life beyond being a carer

* What help they may need.

More information about the service is available on 0141 207 7777 or 0300 300 1199.

More information about both home-based respite care and general help and advice for carers is available from the Renfrewshire Carers Centre on 0141 887 3643 and the council’s website www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Respite care is also available to all carers who look after someone who is either over 16 years old, or who is a disabled child, and needs regular help with their personal and social care. There may be a charge in some cases.

Plan to breathe new life in to the very heart of Paisley

A local businessman’s plan to breathe new life in to the very heart of Paisley has been backed by a number of individuals representing organisations that see the positive vision of the plan. Gary Kerr, Managing Director of EPM Solutions an asset management company has been working on the idea for some considerable time. The plans were to develop the empty Arnotts’ site in to a niche multi use cinema space with retail facilities.

GCK at Arnotts

Speaking on his idea, Gary said:

‘I have been working with others on a number of ideas to help revitalise the centre of Paisley for well over a year now. While I welcome the council’s plans for housing at the site this will not be the key to revitalising the town in isolation.

‘Rather than just moving people around the town to new homes we should be encouraging people to come in to the town, spend money on leisure activities, making it a venue for families to visit, have something to eat, do a bit of shopping and see a film. This is how we encourage more people in to the town, increasing footfall and breathing new life in to the High Street.

‘I have contacted developers and Regional Screen Scotland to look at the site and they are excited that such a choice site is available and they can see the prospect of a cinema as very real. One developer is currently researching the town to look at the sustainability of such a project.

‘I am delighted that so many individuals have looked at this and are willing to give it their full backing. I happy to work with others who may now be willing to take this idea beyond concept and into feasibility stage.’

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Gary has a number of Backers including Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Piero Pierraccini – Paisley Development Trust, Jaki McDougall – Chief Executive of the GFT and Glasgow Film Festival, Ron Inglis – Chief Executive of Regional Screen Scotland and Garry Quigley President of the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland.

George Adam stated:

‘I have been encouraging and backing Gary for a substantial amount of time with this project. He is right that there needs to be a reason for people in Renfrewshire to come to Paisley, spend cash and help the economic development of the town. We need people with ideas willing to put their head above the parapet to look at how town centres will look in the future. Gary’s plan is timely, particularly with Scottish Government money being put in to the council’s proposed housing. We need to make sure that all investment is looked at carefully and should be spent in ways that will give the most benefit to the people of the town.’

Regional Screen Scotland’s Chief Executive said this on Gary’s idea:

‘Regional Screen Scotland’s role is to support and develop cinema provision in Scotland. We are particularly interested in supporting opportunities where there is strong local support and a clear opportunity to create a vibrant, modern cinema facility. The proposal to include a multi-screen modern digital cinema within the redevelopment of the Arnotts site in central Paisley is an excellent example of the type of cinema facility we encourage. It could be an impressive and well used addition to the social, cultural and economic life of Paisley. We therefore fully support the proposal to include cinema in the redevelopment of the Arnotts site. While full feasibility studies would be required in order to investigate exactly what is developed, it is important at this early stage to retain cinema as a core element in the proposals.

Jaki McDougall, Chief Executive of the GFT and Glasgow Film Festival has met with Gary to discuss the plans. She said:

‘Gary is someone who is totally dedicated to his home town. Having met him I can see the vision and passion he has to help make Paisley a great destination. I have looked at his ideas to bring a cinema right in to the heart of Paisley next to amenities, the historic abbey and the town hall. The work currently being undertaken should show how popular the idea of the cinema would be for the town and I hope before too long Paisley will once again have its own cinema.’

Piero Pierraccini from the Paisley development Trust said:

‘The creation of a leisure led development is definitely the way forward as with more and more students living in the town centre we must provide and incentive for them to spend their leisure pounds in the town and not take the train to Glasgow.

‘As I am also in the leisure and entertainment sector and after my recent move to the High Street I am more acutely aware of how many students and local folk feel that they are starved of entertainment venues in Paisley. Further with a bus station close by, the development would attract visitors from within Renfrewshire to come to Paisley more often.

‘Paisley needs to kick start its regeneration and I can see no better way to assist in the process than the development as proposed.’

President of the Students’ Association in Paisley said:

“There is over 9,000 students who study in our Paisley Campus and for too long these students have chosen to spend their leisure time in Glasgow, due to the attractive services that the city offers. This masterplan would reverse that and keep more of our students in the town; enjoying what the proposed cinema and theatre complex would offer them.”

The plans for the cinema may include a multi-screen mixed use venue which can be used as a conference centre, theatre space, an arts area and for digital computer competitions where computer games can be played on the screens.

Latest welfare reform hits as DLA change gets underway

People in Renfrewshire who want to make a claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are being urged by the council to find out more about key changes the Government is making to the benefit.

From June 10 working-age adults will no longer be able to make new claims for DLA and will instead have to claim for a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The move is part of the UK Government’s current benefit change programme and will see DLA replaced by PIP for 16-64 year olds over the next few years.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “The changes are confusing and worrying a lot of people. The UK Government wants to achieve a 20% saving in the cost of DLA – but we still don’t know how that will impact on disabled people. The Government’s own figures recognise that only 0.5% of DLA is claimed fraudulently, so when they cut the bill by 20%, many genuine cases will lose out.”

The second stage of change will happen from October 2013 when existing DLA claimants will have to apply for PIP – if they report a change in their condition, turn 16, or reach a review date.

Everyone else on DLA will be contacted to apply for PIP from 2015.

Councillor Holmes added: “When you need to apply for PIP – whether it’s just now as a new claim, in October because your DLA comes for review or its later down the line when the DWP writes to you – please don’t forget that we’ve set up a dedicated team of advisors who are here to help you through the process.”

Only those who turned 65 on or before 8 April 2013 will remain on DLA. Children will continue to receive DLA until they turn 16.

For more information on the changes visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefitchanges or phone 0300 300 0288.