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Popular Paisley road race on pace for personal best.

Paisley’s popular 10k Road Race and Fun Run looks set to be bigger than ever this year as race organisers remain on pace for a record number of entries.

The 2014 edition takes place on Sunday 31 August and more than 1,400 runners are already confirmed for the full-distance race – almost 400 more than at the equivalent pre-race stage last year.

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With a further 500 fun runners also a major increase on the 2013 numbers, race organisers Renfrewshire Council are predicting a great day of sporting and family fun.

In a further boost, runners registering online have also donated over £1,200 to the British Heart Foundation in a tie-up with the charity to promote the Paisley Heart Town message.

Online registration for the event is available at until 12noon on Friday 29 August.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “This has been Scotland’s summer of sport and it’s great to see that reflected here in Renfrewshire too, with the road race and fun run going from strength to strength.

“This is a real fixture in Renfrewshire’s sporting calendar and everyone from talented competitive athletes to first–timers gets something out of taking part. Even if you’re not running, get out on the route and cheer those who are, your support should help spur them on!

“It’s also hugely encouraging to see how much has been raised already for the Paisley Heart Town campaign. Regular exercise and participation in sport helps tremendously with heart health so it’s good to see that message being shared so widely. The British Heart Foundation will have a stall in the town centre and we’d appreciate people stopping by and donating.”

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New approach transforms flytipping site

A new approach to deter flytipping within a local industrial site is being hailed a huge success.

The recently completely project, which transformed the small piece of land at Hillington Park, has had no instances of flytipping since it was completed in April.

Local students designed vibrant and colourful artwork based on the Commonwealth Games. The artwork has been displayed on fencing around the unused piece of land.


The fencing also promotes Renfrewshire Council’s Do your bit message, which emphasises the role the community can play in protecting the environment and boosting recycling.

The £28,000 initiative is a joint venture between Renfrewshire Council, MEPC Hillington Park, West College Scotland, Robust Property and Zero Waste Scotland.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said “The success of this initiative shows what we can achieve by taking a new approach to tackling flytipping. By working in partnership with local land managers MEPC and students at West College Scotland, we have transformed the site into a bright and positive place.

“Flytipping can become a real nuisance to local businesses and the community. This initiative reverses that blight and has been a real opportunity to develop new ways to prevent the dumping of rubbish on private and public land.

“We want to build on this success by providing more opportunities to work together with local organisations to transform potential eyesores into environmental assets.”

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said “The approach used in Hillington Park to discourage flytipping through vibrant and artistic messages, bringing in different parts of the community, has been a real success.

“Litter and flytipping are a blight on communities, and cost the public purse a substantial amount – £46million a year – to clean it up. That’s why it’s one of Zero waste Scotland’s top priorities to reduce the impact of litter and fly-tipping in Scotland.”

Jamie Cumming, Commercial Director for MEPC Hillington Park, said “We’ve been delighted to be part of this initiative, working with Renfrewshire Council and West College Scotland. Many thousands of visitors, customers and staff come to Hillington Park every day and we want it to be a positive experience for every one of them.

“Our ten year plan will see up to £50m being spent on developing new sites and improving the infrastructure at Hillington Park and this particular project plays a part in making it a good place to visit and do business.”

Lola Paterson, Lecturer at West College Scotland, said “This has been an incredible opportunity for our students who have responded with an excellent professional standard of work. This experience contributes greatly to them articulating onto university or future employment and showcasing their work in the year of the commonwealth games.”

Further information on waste and recycling is available at or call 0300 300 0300.

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Image  – Designed to perfection – Councillor Eddie Devine thanks project partners Zero Waste Scotland, MEPC and West College Scotland for their hard work to bring this initiative to life.
(l-r Councillor Eddie Devine, Emma Leel – Project Manager for litter and flytipping initiatives at Zero Waste Scotland, Maria Corrigan – Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety Enforcement Manager, Sharon Gianassi – West College Scotland’s Head of Creative Industries, Billy Kinnear – West College Scotland’s Curriculum Quality Leader of Art & Design and Louise O’Connell – MEPC’s Marketing Manager.

Image – Enjoying the view – Emma Leel, Zero Waste Scotland’s Project Manager for litter and flytipping, Councillor Eddie Devine and MEPC’s Marketing Manager Louise O’Connell.

Image – Showing off her skills – Lynne Campbell is proud of her artwork being displayed at the Hillington site.

Image – All in a day’s work – Stuart Kinnear hopes his artwork will be an inspiration to other graphic design students.

Image – Students from West College Scotland celebrate their artwork being displayed at the Hillington site.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]