Half Time School spared from demolition

Renfrewshire councillors have refused a planning application from a developer to demolish the iconic Half Time School in Paisley, which was due to be replaced by 40 flats.
The School opened in 1887 to provide education to children who worked in Ferguslie Mills, this building is a key link to Paisley’s former mill town past.  However, once the mills had gone it was later used as a nightclub but suffered damage from a fire in 1998 and has seen further deterioration of the building over the following years.
There have been a few applications to build on that site over the years and retain some of the building but the plans have not got passed the Council planning department.
Councillor John McNaughtan – seconded by Councillor Kenny MacLaren – moved against the council officers recommendations to demolish the building and found widespread support among all councillors in the council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board.  Councillor McNaughtan highlighted the importance of protecting Paisley’s architectural and social history and also called for the council to use its full powers to protect not just the Half Time School but also all historic buildings within Paisley and Renfrewshire.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren, SNP – Paisley Northwest, said: “I was happy to second Cllr McNaughtan in his opposition to the demolition of this iconic building.
“We have to look at how the council can use all its powers to protect and preserve such buildings across Paisley and Renfrewshire.”
Thanks to Ricky Kelly of Renfrewshire News 24 for this article.

Renfrewshire’s dog owners called on to lead by example


Dogs of all shapes and sizes are set to undertake their daily walk in new surroundings as part of a push to remind owners of their responsibilities.

Taking place on Sunday 8 April at 1pm, dog owners from all across Renfrewshire are invited to Robertson Park in Renfrew to take part in a special dog walk which will bring together like-minded people to tackle the issue of dog fouling.

A key strand of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, responsible dog owners are being asked to join together to illustrate what the majority of owners recognise – that picking up after your dog is essential and failing to do so is against the law.

There will be the opportunity to learn more about the dog fouling campaign in Renfrewshire and how to support it both individually and collectively, including the chance to sign up to the Responsible Dog Owner’s pledge.

As well as the opportunity to meet many other furry friends, dogs and their owners will have the chance to see dog agility in action as the Phoenix Flyers showcase the talents of their four-legged companions, as well as providing tips on how best to train your pride and joy.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, was joined by local dog trainer Graeme Hunter of Blackmuir Dog Training and Behaviour Centre at Robertson Park to promote the dog walk.

Councillor McEwan said: “We recognise that dog fouling is a real problem on our streets, which is why we made it a key focus of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

“We’re working hard to change the behaviour of those who fail to pick up after their dog, as well as those who do pick up but fail to dispose of the waste into a bin afterwards.

“We do recognise though that the majority of dog owners in Renfrewshire are responsible and it’s those owners that we want to lead by example and make it clear that failing to pick up is unacceptable.

“So come and join us for this special walk, meet other responsible owners and make your Sunday dog walk a bit more interesting!”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.

The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware if the potential £80 fine should they be caught.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup and for the event visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamupdogwalk.

Local community Team Up to Clean Up in Johnstone


Ahead of Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean next month, pupils from Johnstone High School, St David’s Primary, Cochrane Castle Primary and West Johnstone Pre-5 Centre joined members of the local community to give Thomas Shanks Park a makeover.

67 pupils took the opportunity to improve their local environment as they tackled litter left within the park, while also learning how to influence their classmates into using the bins around the school and at home.

The Renfrewshire Wardens were also on hand to discuss the effect dropping litter can have on the environment and local wildlife, as well as their job of enforcing fines to those caught in the act.

More than 80 bags of litter were collected during the clean up, which has made a real difference to the appearance and cleanliness of the popular park.

The clean up took place in advance of Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean which is set to take place between 20-22 April.

A key event as part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, communities across Renfrewshire are being urged to get involved with the aim of holding a clean-up in as many towns and villages as possible.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see yet another brilliant turn out at one of our community clean ups, and especially encouraging to have the young people from local Johnstone schools in attendance.

“It is important that the younger generation are aware of the damage littering can do and the importance of keeping their local community clean.

“I hope they’ll be inspired, along with everyone else, to take part in our Big Spring Clean in April where we hope the entire Renfrewshire community will get behind the campaign.

“If we can hold a clean up in as many communities as possible, this will hopefully provide the spark for them to be kept clean and for people to take a pride in their local area.”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign was given a major boost earlier this month as councillors committed to investing £2.5million in improving Renfrewshire’s environment across the next five years – doubling the initial annual investment.

The commitment ensures the continuation of an increased road sweeping service, improved gully cleaning programme, strengthened Rapid Response Team and dedicated litter pickers out in every community, as well as supporting the local community to undertake community clean ups.

Find out more about the Big Spring Clean at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

Renfrewshire athletes set sail for Special Olympics World Games 2019


The entire Team Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) sailing squad for the World Games in 2019 is set to be made up of athletes training in Renfrewshire.

Lewis Nicholson (Paisley), Michael Kelly (Paisley), Jamie Kearns (Clydebank), Shannon McGhee (Clydebank), Laura Carrick (Helensburgh, Lothian) and Darren MacGregor (Glasgow) will travel to Abu Dhabi as part of a delegation of 129 athletes set to represent Great Britain.

All six of the athletes who will make up the sailing squad train at Castle Semple within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and this will form their base for their preparations for the World Games next year – supported by the coaching team at Castle Semple.

Councillor Andy Steel, Chair of the Clyde Muirshiel Joint Committee, said: “It is a fantastic honour for these athletes to be chosen to represent Team SOGB at the World Games and this comes after a fantastic performance in Sheffield where they won two silvers and a bronze.

“We’re extremely proud that these young people are training and learning at the top class accessible facilities we have at Castle Semple and we will do all we can to facilitate them as they prepare to face the best athletes from across the world.”

The Special Olympics World Summer Games is the biggest global event for athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities and takes place every four years.

Team SOGB are one of 168 countries taking part and around 7,000 athletes from around the globe will compete in 24 different sports between 14-21 March 2019.

A full list of those selected for Team SOGB can be found here: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk.

For more information on the Special Olympics World Games 2019 can be found here: www.specialolympics.org/Games/2019_World_Summer_Games.aspx

Gavin Newlands MP meets with Paisley Comic Con team


Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is urging local people to come out in force to support Paisley Comic Con which is being held in the Paisley Town Hall on the 14th of April.

Last week, the Member of Paisley and Renfrewshire North, met with the organisers of the Paisley Comic Con – Alasdair Watson and Thom Wall – to find out what they have planned for this year’s event.

This is the second annual Paisley Comic Con and follows last year high successful event which saw over 2,000 people visit the town hall to meet with their favourite comic book stars.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“It was good to meet with Alasdair and Thom to find out more about their plans for this year’s Paisley Comic Con.

“Over 2,000 people attended last year’s event and I know from meeting with the organisers that they have bigger and better plans to ensure that more people attend their follow-up event in the Paisley town hall.

“Paisley Comic Con is a great family day out and it’s good to see that they have a number of events on for small children. If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday 14th of April, I would recommend popping into the town hall for Paisley Comic Con.”

Paisley Comic Con, said:

“Our focus this year is really on making the event bigger, better, and more fun, as well as creating opportunities for people of all ages to get creative and tell their own stories. We’ve also expanded on the Festival of events around town, with fun activities throughout the Easter Holidays for young kids and grown-up kids alike!”

Apprentice-style challenge pupils see their business become a reality


STUDENTS who won an Apprentice-style challenge at intu Braehead have seen their business idea become a reality.

Pupils from Renfrew High School staged a Wipe Out Warrior event in Soar at intu Braehead at the weekend with profits being donated to the Classrooms for Malawi charity.

Visitors were given the chance to take part in a fun contest where two people sit on a giant pole facing each other above an inflatable landing pad and they try to knock each other off using a pillow.

And whoever stayed on the longest facing challengers went to the top of a leader board. Participants were asked to make a £1 donation to the pupils’ fundraising effort every time they had a go on Wipe Out Warrior. The students also organised for a busker to perform to provide entertainment to visitors to Soar during their event.

The Apprentice-style challenge was a joint initiative between Renfrew High and intu Braehead as part of the national Retail Matters Week campaign, last year.

And after the winning team was told “You’re Hired!” by intu Braehead’s operations manager, Paul Lucas, it was revealed that staff from the retail and leisure destination would help the teenagers put their business idea into action.

And yesterday’s event organised and run by the pupils was a hailed a success.

Paul Lucas said: “The students did a fantastic job from negotiating with the company, Maximillion Events for the hire of equipment; marketing, using leaflets, posters and social media; how the event would operate taking into account things like health and safety to attracting customers on the day and keeping financial records of sales.

“We were impressed when the students took part in the initial Apprentice-style challenge, but to see how they turned their idea into a reality – with a little help from ourselves – showed there are some budding entrepreneurs among the pupils that Lord Sugar would be proud of.”

Head teacher at Renfrew High, Billy Burke said: “We are very proud of the efforts of the S3 team involved inn the Business Partnership Project with intu Braehead.

“They had a great experience last year and were very excited to be delivering their idea for real.
“Thank you to everyone who came along and got involved on the day. We had great fun and lots of money was raised for an excellent charity.”

Scottish netball stars are going for gold in the Commonwealth Games cheered on by brave Amy who beat cancer


SCOTTISH netball stars are going for gold in the Commonwealth Games cheered on by one of their bravest fans.

Nine-year-old Amy Reid who lost a kidney to cancer was treated to a VIP tour of the Emirates Arena Stadium in Glasgow by the Scottish Thistles national netball team. The players who will begin the 10,000 mile trip to Australia on Friday (March 23) to compete at Gold Coast 2018 gave Amy a signed netball, tshirt, pen and free tickets to an upcoming UWS Sirens game (Scotland’s semi-pro franchise for whom most of the Thistles play) where she has also been invited to be the Captain’s mascot on their return from the Commonwealth Games. The visit was organised to boost awareness of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events this spring which raise millions of pounds to fund crucial research. Every hour, four people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland*. Now, to help beat cancer sooner, members of Netball Scotland have pledged to pull on their trainers and take part in Race for Life Glasgow on May 20 at Glasgow Green and are urging other women and girls across Scotland to sign up too.

Amy with the Scottish netball team captain Claire Brownie.
Ahead of jetting off to Australia to compete in the Commonwealth Games, sporting stars from Netball Scotland met nine-year-old Amy Reid at the Emitates Arena, Glasgow
Amy of Coatbridge has raised thousands for Cancer Research UK Race for Life events since losing a kidney to cancer.

Amy who is 4ft 7in chatted to netball stars including the tallest member of the Scottish Thistles, goalkeeper Ella Gibbons, 23, who is 6ft 3in, as well as team captain, Claire Brownie. In February they were part of the team which saw Scotland qualify for the 2019 World Cup. At the Commonweatlh Games on the Gold Coast which starts on April 4, they are in pool B so will take on 2014 silver medallists New Zealand. They’ll also play England, Wales, Malawi and Uganda.

Claire, 29, said: “We were all moved and inspired by Amy’s courage and bravery.

“Amy will be the team’s lucky charm in Australia. It’s great to have the chance to meet Amy and tell her a bit more about netball. It’s a really important part of our job to inspire girls to get active and be into sport. All you need is for kids to dream but for that to happen, they need to see what’s possible. We’re so excited and proud to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. When we’re out there it will be brilliant to know that people back home like Amy are cheering us on.”

Amy of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, who endured a life saving stem cell transplant knows exactly how tough it can be going through cancer. Her family have raised vital funds for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the 5K at Race for Life Glasgow every year since Amy was diagnosed with the disease in September 2012. This year, as Amy takes her place on the start line along with her mum Laura, 39, and sister Sophie, two, she’ll also be cheered on by her dad Robert, 41, and brother, Gary, 19.

Amy’s proud mum, Laura said: “Amy really is our superhero.

“Amy has kept us strong through it all. At the time we couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. We thought Amy was never going to get through this. It was frightening. Now looking at her, I can’t believe she was ever so ill. Her recovery has been amazing.

“Amy did her first Race for Life 5K event while still going through treatment for cancer and it’s been a really important part of our lives ever since. If Amy’s story can help other families going through cancer right now then we’ll have made a difference.

“We’d like to thank all the Scottish Thistles who helped give Amy such a special day. Amy really likes sport now. She loves swimming, cricket and football at school. When we watch the Commonwealth Games on tv we’ll be looking out for the netball girls and saying, ‘We’ve met them.’ It’s great to see Amy being so active again and enjoying life.”

Amy was only three when she first became ill with a high temperature just hours after her mum and dad’s wedding day on September 21 2012. The family were set to jet off on holiday to Spain after the marriage at St James Chapel, Coatbridge. Instead they ended up at Wishaw General Hospital and then Yorkhill Children’s Hospital after Amy’s condition deteriorated. Scans showed a tumour on Amy’s left kidney was stopping it from working properly. Amy was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour and endured a six hour operation to remove the kidney.

Amy’s mum, Laura said: “As I took Amy down to the operating theatre I was trying to stop myself crying to keep Amy calm so she would be okay.

“I knew Amy was getting the best care possible but seeing your child like that is so difficult. If I could have taken Amy’s place then I would have. I paced around outside until she came out of surgery and I knew she was fine. Now she tells everyone that the scar where they took her kidney out is a big snake.”

Amy started on chemotherapy but it was a hammerblow when tests revealed there was also a tumour on her lung. It meant a second operation to remove the tumour followed by a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Amy lost her hair and became a regular at the Schiehallion ward at Yorkhill.

By October 2013, doctors explained that Amy’s best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant, to help her body make new healthy blood cells after her own had been destroyed by the disease. It meant two weeks in an isolation ward to reduce the risk of infection. By Christmas that year the family got the best present of all when doctors explained the cancer had gone. Amy who is now a primary five pupil at St Timothy’s Primary school in Coatbridge is loving life.

Cancer Research UK Race for Life organisers are appealing for women and girls to stride out to beat cancer sooner this spring with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K of the year kicking off in Stirling and South Queensferry on May 13, closely followed by 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy 5K events across the country, everywhere from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Fife to Falkirk, Dundee to Irvine. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, half marathon and hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We are very grateful to Netball Scotland and to Amy’s family for their support

“By signing up to Race for Life, women across Scotland can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“Race for Life is a hugely moving experience – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as people come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived or support those going through treatment. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.

“Every day, 87 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland. That’s why we need women across Scotland to sign up to Race for Life this January and join mothers, daughters, sisters and friends at the start line when events kick off this summer.

“Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer – that’s why every step, every person and every penny raised counts.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £34 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive the disease.


To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

Safety first is the goal for Renfrewshire pupils


Almost 2,000 primary six pupils have taken part in a series of safety workshops designed to keep Renfrewshire children safe.

The annual Safe Kids events, organised by the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership and hosted by St Mirren Football Club, has delivered safety messages to more than 20,000 young people since it was first introduced more than a decade ago.

Pupils from every school in Renfrewshire were invited to take part a wide range of workshops, from littering, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour to fire safety, drugs and alcohol awareness and emergency situations.

The workshops took place in and around the Paisley 2021 Stadium, including the dressing rooms and hospitality suite, with pupils taking their seat in the stand before being split into their groups for the day.

Kids were also tasked to create their own posters detailing what being safe means to them and five winners were selected by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

The winners, and their families, were invited to a special VIP day at the Paisley 2021 Stadium and were joined by pupils from Bargarren, St John Bosco, Glencoats and Barsail Primary.

The five winners were:

Momina Ali – Newmains Primary, Renfrew

Gracie Boyd – Ralston Primary, Paisley

Evie Crawford – Lochfield Primary, Paisley

Jemma Johnston – St Anthony’s Primary, Johnstone

Summer Coyle – Rashielea Primary, Erskine

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Safe Kids is a fantastic project which is ensuring our children have the correct information and skills to stay safe in a variety of situations.

“More than 20,000 pupils have had the opportunity to learn from a variety of our community partners and this will allow them to be fully informed to deal with issues both in and out of school.

”The workshops are delivered in a fun and engaging manner which means the young people involved can enjoy the day while still taking in the serious messaging behind the activities.”

Safe Kids events took place on 7-8 March, 13-16 March and will conclude between 19-22 March.

The workshops were delivered by a range of partners including Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Team, Renfrewshire Council’s Wardens, Renfrewshire Council’s Civil Contingencies Service, Renfrewshire Council’s RADAR (Drugs and Alcohol), Police Scotland, British Transport Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Who Cares Scotland and Street Stuff.

Prizes for the winners, including discounted passes, bags and tickets, were kindly donated by Flip Out, Joma Sport and St Mirren.

Workshops shine a light on Renfrewshire women who made their mark on history


A heritage project is examining how Renfrewshire women have been making their mark on history for almost 150 years.

Members of Paisley’s Disability Resource Centre have been working with social historian Lil Brookes to discover the contributions made by remarkable local women from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Those whose achievements have come under the spotlight  in ‘The Ladies, A,B & C’ project, include Jane Arthur, the sister-in-law of Thomas Coats, from the famous Paisley manufacturing family.

Lil, who is leading the workshops supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events fund, said:  “We started in the week of the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, which seemed very fitting when we were finding out more about these remarkable, strong women. Our first one looked at what women’s positions were in Victorian times and what education was available to them, which was a great icebreaker.”

Jane Arthur was the first Scottish woman elected to a school board in 1873. The feminist and activist also later became vice-president of the Paisley Ladies Sanitary Association, which promoted public baths.

Lil said: “One of our workshops was led on a cartoon from the Paisley Heritage Centre archive by a Scots artist James Elder Christie called ‘The School Boat Race . The ship Jane Arthur is sitting in is called ‘The not so weak vessel’, which all about the school board elections and a woman standing.

“It was the first time women were allowed to take some kind of role in public office.  There were nine places up for grabs on the board and Jane Arthur, who was clearly very popular, was overwhelmingly voted in and got around 6,500 votes. The next man down only got around 3,500.”

Other exceptional women explored in the project include rent activist Mary Barbour from Kilbarchan, who had a statue unveiled in her honour in Govan on International Woman’s Day.

She was a key player in fighting rent increases imposed by Glasgow landlords during World War One.

It also featured three of the Mrs Coats from Paisley’s other famous textiles manufacturing family, and their stories all contain themes still relevant to women today like equality in the workplace, education, healthcare, and housing.

Lil added: “We are all just ordinary women and it’s been great to bring the stories of these women who went before us to life. Often their stories went largely unreported and compared to the men of the era, most of their names are still largely unknown.”

The group’s field trips have included a visit to the National Library of Scotland and to Paisley Museum and Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron dropped into one of the workshops this week to hear the remarkable stories.

She said: “It’s fascinating to hear about some of the amazing women Renfrewshire has produced and their strength and achievements are still inspiring today.”

The legacy of the project will be a short film on the women whose stories were featured.

The CHE Fund was set up in 2015 as a way of getting people involved in culture and unlocking Renfrewshire’s creative potential as part of Paisley’s bid to win the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

It continues as a key legacy now that the competition is over, with applications from local groups invited for further rounds of funding.

For more information on the CHE Fund which is still accepting applications, please go to www.paisley2021.co.uk

£500k investment in Paisley 2021 cultural legacy


Plans to build a lasting legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 are taking a major step forward – with a £500,000 investment to develop the area’s creative sector being revealed.

The town’s bid for the title was part of a wider plan to transform the fortunes of Paisley and Renfrewshire by harnessing the power of the area’s globally-significant cultural and heritage story.

The partners behind the bid are now working on a detailed legacy plan to make sure Paisley’s journey continues and deliver on the vision of the bid over the next decade.

One of the key strands of that is in growing the area’s independent cultural sector – and the half-million-pound investment unveiled today by Renfrewshire Council – using money set aside to fund the 2021 year had the town won the title – aims to do that. It comes in two parts:

– £360,000 for a new Organisational Development Fund to grow the independent creative sector locally over the next three years.

By giving existing groups certainty over budgets it is hoped they could expand to a level where they could apply for and get national funding and become sustainable at that level. Detailed criteria and application process have yet to be developed, but the fund is due to run from 2019 until 2022.

– a £140,000 top-up for the existing Culture Heritage and Events Fund, allowing it to run until 2021. The fund ran alongside the bid with the aims of increasing cultural participation, showcasing the town’s story, and allowing local talent to work with organisations of national stature.

It has supported more than 80 projects to date with highlights including teenage animator Morgan Spence’s Lego animation about the town, local dance group Right2Dance bringing Sir Matthew Bourne’s Re:Bourne company here for a week-long residency, and local music charity Loud ‘n’ Proud’s Bungalow Bar musical on how a small Paisley venue hosted the biggest names in the UK punk scene

The funding announcement comes within days of the launch of a new destination brand and website – Paisley is – designed to promote the area as a great place to live, invest and visit.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure – whose Cultural Services team will administer both funds – said: “The Paisley 2021 bid has already changed Paisley for the better – it raised our profile, made people aware of our untold story, and brought a sense of self-confidence back to a town which needed that boost.

“And it’s important people know that journey will continue. It may not be the turbocharged journey we would have had if we’d won – but the bid focused the area behind a very clear vision for the area’s future, which we will still deliver on.

“That vision was to grow a new dimension to the local economy through creative industry, ensure the area is recognised for its cultural excellence, transform Paisley’s image, lift communities out of poverty, and make our town centres vibrant destinations.

“Over the next few years we and our partners will deliver all of the above – and the investment announced today feeds into those aims.

“By helping the local creative sector grow through this funding, we equip them to stage more events, festivals and projects which showcase what the area has to offer and bring people here, with all the benefits that brings to the local economy.

“At the same time, we know culture has a positive impact on well-being and life chances – which is why we are putting that at the heart of everything we do from now on.

“By helping local groups create more opportunities for people to access those benefits it supports the wider work across the area around health and education and to tackle poverty.

“The investment in cultural capacity is just one of several parts of the 2021 legacy – we already have a confirmed £100m+ investment in town centre venues and infrastructure, have just announced £5m of additional budget to grow our major events and festivals programme, and have more support on the way to develop the area as a hub for creative industry.

“All those benefits that will be felt throughout all of Renfrewshire – not just Paisley – and with the new Paisley Is… brand signposting to all the events and local culture which makes us a great destination there’s loads going on to feel excited by.”

For more information on what Paisley has to offer, visit www.paisley.is