Residents have their say at Ferguslie Park event

Community activists from Ferguslie Park got the chance to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event run by council and police staff.

The event offered residents a platform to find out more about community safety work in the area, and speak to those delivering it.

Earlier this year, council staff joined forces with local police to conduct a series of interviews among Ferguslie Park residents, seeking their opinions on community safety in the area, and on what they wanted to see from the authorities.

Pic from event shows Divisional Commander Alan Speirs. Pic credit: Roy McKeag.

The event was used to feed back the results of that, with key findings being that residents want more visible patrols and better facilities for young people.

Speakers on the night included Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, the area’s voluntary sector partnership, and police Divisional Commander Alan Speirs.

Topics covered included an overview on how the police and council anti-social behaviour staff work in partnership on community safety issues.

In total, 17 organisations were represented, including Victim Support, Fire and Rescue Scotland and the council’s trading standards and welfare reform advice teams.

Including partners, around 60 people attended the event, held in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The issues affecting Ferguslie Park have been well publicised over the years.

“But something that comes across at events like this is the strong sense of community that exists in the area.

“We want to celebrate the work of those who are involved in that community and work with them to help make the best of the area.

“I would like to thank all who took part in what turned out to be an interesting discussion, and look forward to putting the suggestions they made into action.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Park police office, added: “We held this event to find out more about what people in the area want from us.

“What we plan to do now is work with them to put that into practice.

“The message I would send out to people is that we are here to help. But we can only do that if people are willing to get in touch to report issues to us.”

Residents can contact Police Scotland by calling 101, or Renfrewshire Council Community Safety Services on 0300 300 0380.

Paisley pub has licence suspended after ‘lock-in’

A Paisley pub has been shut down for two weeks after licensing chiefs heard of a series of alleged rule-breaches, including a 6am lock-in.

De Beers, of High Street, Paisley, had its licence suspended for two weeks as of Wednesday 27 March after Renfrewshire Licensing Board heard evidence from police.

Strathclyde Police Chief Superintendent Alan Speirs applied to the board for a review of the pub’s premise licence due to the alleged consumption of alcohol outwith permitted hours and other concerns over the management.

In his application, members were told of an incident at around 6am on Sunday 20 January where officers on duty noticed lights on in the pub.

Police alleged that, once inside, they found the premises manager asleep on a couch, and that he and two other staff were ‘significantly intoxicated’.

Police evidence says the pub was ‘littered with half-full glasses’ and that the staff were ‘evasive’, with one claiming they were having a ‘staff meeting’.

The board also heard of another incident two weeks later where the manager was allegedly found to be drunk behind the bar at 1.40am.

He and the two other staff members were the subject of reports to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to these two incidents.

Other incidents detailed in the police report included:

– a routine police inspection which uncovered traces of cocaine in the toilets;

– a 16-year-old who was allegedly caught with a pint of lager in his hand after wandering out of the pub;

– and a man who accepted a fixed-penalty fine for drinking in public after he was found outside the pub with a tall glass of alcohol.

Councillor Alex Murrin, chair of Renfrewshire Licensing Board, said: “The board will take such action as is necessary to make sure its licensing objectives are upheld.

“These include the prevention of crime and disorder, securing public safety, preventing public nuisance, and protecting and improving public health.

“Key to that is for premises to respect the terms of their licence, and that includes making sure they stick to the times they are permitted to be open to sell alcohol.

“While the board understands that the vast majority of pubs within Renfrewshire do operate responsibly, we hope this suspension will serve as a message that we will crack down on any who are found to have broken the rules.”

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Street Stuff kids enjoy ski slope visit

A group of young people from Renfrew enjoyed a visit to Xscape’s Sno!Zone recently as reward for their community spirit.

The youngsters carried out a clean-up of the King George V playing fields after being inspired by their involvement in Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff programme.

In appreciation of their efforts, a visit to Xscape was organised for a session on the ski slope provided free of charge by Sno!Zone.

The Street Stuff initiative provides a wide range of community and sports activities. The aim is to give youngsters things to do that divert them from antisocial behaviour and also help them contribute to the communities they live in. Read more