Pro-skaters roll into Renfrew for skatepark open day

Professional skateboarders will be showing off their skills at a special event this weekend to mark the official opening of a state of the art skatepark in Renfrew.

The open day, Saturday 15 May, kicks off at 12pm, will feature professional demonstrations and giveaways by the Vans UK skate team. Local families are invited to bring their kids along for the fun family afternoon.

The event will be a celebration of years of campaigning by local skateboard group, 30 Acres, who worked with Renfrewshire Council to bring the skatepark project to life. They also worked closely with leading UK skatepark builders Gravity Parks on the state-of-the-art design.

Ramsay Maclennan, spokesperson for 30 Acres, said: “The skatepark is excellent and gives the people of Renfrew, young and old, a brand-new sports facility. It is something to be truly proud of. Its design is first-class and it is one of the best, if not the best in Scotland.”

The 1300square metre park includes sprayed concrete and brick obstacles, such as bowls, quarter pipes, banks, hips, blocks and rails.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “This is something we’ve never had before in Renfrew so the open day is a great opportunity for everyone to come along and see for themselves what it’s all about and be impressed by the skills that will be on display – not just by the professionals but even some of our local youngsters.”

The skatepark in Renfrew has also been welcomed by the local police as an excellent facility for young people.

Inspector Eric Kennedy, Renfrew Police said: “Prior to the construction of the Skatepark, the police in Renfrew had been working with partner agencies towards this diversionary facility. Since it opened in March, the area has been monitored on a regular basis by the police, community wardens and environmental officers.
I believe it is an excellent facility for young people.”

The project has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Fund and the Renfrew Common Good Fund.

Young people are encouraged to use the skatepark responsibly and reminded that the facility closes at 9pm.

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Swine Flu update – Renfrewshire schools and nurseries

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Here is the latest information on Renfrewshire schools and nurseries that have been affected by cases of swine flu.

St Paul’s Primary, Foxbar and Glenfield Community Nursery, Paisley

A primary school and a nursery, both in Paisley, are to close for a week (from Friday June 12) after pupils were diagnosed with H1N1 influenza.

A P6 pupil at St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar has tested positive. A number of other pupils are showing symptoms and the advice of public health authorities is the school should close for a week.

One three year old and one four year old who both attend Glenfield Community Nursery in Paisley have tested positive. Two members of staff are symptomatic. The nursery will close for a week.

Parents of children at the school and the nursery are being given letters with information and guidance on H1N1 influenza

Press release: Friday 12 June 2009

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St David’s Primary and Cochrane Castle Primary

Parents of all 222 pupils at two Renfrewshire primary schools St David’s and Cochrane Castle, both in Johnstone, were told not to send their children to school on Wednesday 10 June after new positive tests on pupils for H1N1 influenza. Pupils at both primaries which share a campus in Johnstone will not attend school until 17 June 2009.

25 Pupils in the composite P2/P3 class at St David’s Primary had already been told to stay away from school for a week (on Monday 9 June) after a pupil tested positive. At the time both public health and the council said that the situation would be kept under constant review.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The schools and the education service have again liaised closely with public health authorities.

“We fully understand parents’ concern and will be writing to all parents with the latest on the situation. Meanwhile we are advising all parents from both primaries to keep their youngsters at home for seven days.”

Parents of the 23 children in the composite P3/P4 class at Cochrane Castle were issued with Tamiflu capsules for their children on Wednesday.

Children at West Johnstone Family Centre who do not come into regular close contact with the primary school pupils can continue to attend the centre.

Press release: Wednesday 10 June 2009

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Paisley Grammar and Gleniffer High Schools

Almost 200 S1 pupils in Paisley Grammar School did not attend school during the week beginning Monday 8 June after a pupil tested positive for H1N1 influenza (swine flu).

Another 149 pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 at Gleniffer High in Paisley who sat Chemistry exams at their school on Wednesday 3 June also did not attend school for the week. A pupil who sat the exam tested positive for H1N1 influenza.

Renfrewshire Council contacted parents and asked them to attend the schools. Public health and education officials were on hand to issue Tamiflu capsules for their children. Parents were also able to have their questions answered and were given information about H1N1 influenza.

Any parents who weren’t able to go to the schools were given information on where they could obtain Tamiflu capsules.

Apart from the pupil groups indicated, the schools continue to operate normally.

S3 pupils at Paisley Grammar had already been advised to stay away from school this week following an earlier case of H1N1 influenza involving an S3 pupil.

John Rooney, Director of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Leisure Services said: “The schools and the education service have again liaised closely with public health authorities and the Scottish Government.

“All the pupils involved are being given Tamiflu capsules and will not come to school for the next week as a precautionary measure.

“We are continuing to work closely with public health colleagues and to monitor any cases that arise. I fully understand this situation is a matter of concern for parents. We’re following the advice we’ve received from the public health professionals just as we have done throughout.”

Press release: Monday 8 June 2009

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