Glasgow Airport weather update – Thursday 1 March 7:10pm

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We are currently working towards reopening the airport tomorrow morning, however, this will be dependent on the weather. Further snow is forecast and our teams will be continuing with snow clearing operations throughout the night.

There will be a knock-on effect on tomorrow’s schedule following the disruption we’ve experienced meaning there will be further delays and cancellations. Our advice to passengers is to only travel to the airport once they have checked the status of their flight with their airline. We would also remind people that a severe amber warning remains in place so please only travel if it is safe to do so.
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Bringing local people to the heart of local decision making

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Communities across Renfrewshire are being asked to shape the future of community level governance in the area after a review of the present structure was carried out.

Proposals have been put forward to redesign the formal structure and follow a partnership approach between the Council and the community, following an initial round of engagement with local communities, as well as a review of community governance arrangements in other council areas.
The consultation outlines nine proposals across five themes, Function, Membership, Boundaries, Meetings and Grants, which require feedback to ensure they accurately reflect the views and requirements of the Renfrewshire community.
The issues raised range from making meetings more accessible and participative to having local grants for smaller local projects, as well as a change to the current boundaries which would see them come into line with community councils and balancing voting rights between councillors and community members.
Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “Our aim is to have a model of community governance that reflects the views and requirements of our communities and this is a real chance for them to have their say in the way decisions are made at a local level.
“We have undertaken extensive engagement with a range of stakeholders when developing these proposals but we recognise the need to talk to as wide a range of people as possible to ensure any new system is as effective as possible.
“This is about what works best for our communities and therefore it is vital we work together to design and deliver a model that meets their needs.
“Please take the opportunity to put forward your opinions at one of our local events or have your say through our online consultation.”
A series of events and drop in sessions will take place to allow questions to be asked on the proposals, with the community encouraged to take the opportunity to attend.

7 March, 10.00am-1.30pm – Johnstone Town Hall
12 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Renfrew Town Hall
13 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Tweedie Hall, Linwood
14 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Bishopton Community Centre
15 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm – McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch
20 March, 5.30pm-8.30pm – Paisley Town Hall
22 March, 4.30pm-6.00pm – Erskine Sports Centre

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, said: “The review of the Local Area Committees in Renfrewshire is all about delivering the best possible community engagement practice.
“Involving community members in decision making is at the heart of community planning practice and this is the chance for local people to help Renfrewshire’s partners shape the future of our local engagement approaches.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to get along to the events and get involved.”
In addition to attending events, residents can access the consultation, which closes on 15 April, online via: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/communitylevelgovernance
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Severe weather keeps sports and leisure facilities closed

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Due to the ongoing severe weather, all sports and leisure facilities along with libraries, Paisley Museum, community centres and town halls operated by Renfrewshire Leisure will remain closed on Friday, March 2.

As the weather warning is expected to be downgraded by the Met Office, a decision on whether events taking place at Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre on Friday night should go ahead is to be taken during the day, on Friday.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We’d like to thank our staff and our customers for their patience and understanding during this unusually severe weather.
“Indications are that our facilities should re-open on Saturday, March 3. However I would ask that customers check our social media channels to confirm facilities opening again.”
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Glasgow Airport update – Thursday 1 March 1:45pm

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A severe amber warning advising against all but essential travel has been issued by the Met Office and will remain in place until tomorrow morning. In light of this and the impact it is having on passengers and staff, including airline staff, travelling to and from the airport we will remain closed for the rest of the day. This decision has been taken with safety of passengers and staff in mind.

Our teams are continuing with snow clearing operations, however, we would advise passengers not to travel to the airport. Anyone with travel plans should contact their airline directly for specific flight information.

Further updates on plans for tomorrow’s schedule will be issued later today.
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Lochwinnoch Arts Festival returns for its 17th year

The popular Lochwinnoch Arts Festival returns to the idyllic Renfrewshire village for a 12 day celebration of music, theatre, comedy and much more.

It has been part of the local cultural scene for 17 years and for two weeks from Tuesday 13 March – Sunday 25 March across a range of village venues, the 2018 Lochwinnoch Arts Festival will offer something for everybody.

Many of the events are free, while others are being held to raise funds for good causes – with a special focus on St Vincent’s Hospice, which is marking its 30th anniversary year.

The opening concert will be both raucous and at the same time poignant. The Small Fezzes, the ever popular Lochwinnoch Ukulele band will get Lochwinnoch 2018 underway ‘with friends’ at the McKillop Hall. This will be a Concert for Anne Moore –dedicated to the memory of a wonderful lady, lover or the arts, huge supporter of the festival and a founding member of the Small Fezzes. The Annie’s Song tribute is free, though tickets are required for entry – all donations will go towards the funding of equipment for Corseford School, where she taught for more than 30 years.

World renowned crime writer Christopher Brookmyre will be appearing with the Lochwinnoch writers group on Thursday 15 March, while local author Corrine Hutton will be in conversation with Professor Rowena Murray on Saturday 24 March.

The popular ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ returns to the Mckillop Hall on Friday 16 March featuring some of the country’s top comedy talent, including TV and radio star Des Clark.

Some old favourites are also on the festival bill including the fantastic jazz band Rose Room, this year joined by international saxophone player Laura Macdonald.

A special evening of classical artists from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s brass quintet and classical guitar featuring Matthew McAllister is also set to be a highlight of this year’s programme.

Among the considerable local talent on show is the ever popular Calder Drama Club, this year with the comedy ‘Lady Chatterley’s Charter’ on Thursday 22 March.

Musician and entertainer Willie Gamble and friends; rock band Howlin’ radio; the unique sound of Witches’ Brew; an all-new selection of tunes from Glasgow Theatre Guilds Musicality; and a community concert in the Parish Church with the Lochwinnoch Choral Society add to the eclectic mix on offer.

In addition to the fantastic music, theatre and comedy offering there will also be art and photography exhibitions, craft fairs, pottery and felting try-out events and drop in jamming sessions in local pubs. The festival really has something for everyone.

Festival organiser Dr Morag Thow said, ‘The Lochwinnoch Arts Festival is, as we have badged it, the friendly festival. For two weeks it offers a chance for local talent to mix with national and international starts in music, comedy, writing, drama, painting and crafts.

“It is a brilliant thing to be part of, whether as a performer or a member of the audience. I cannot thank our supporters and sponsors enough, as without them the Festival would simply not be possible.

“This year we are remembering our dear friend Anne Moore, and will hope to raise both money and awareness of the great causes that she herself supported – St Vincent’s Hospice and Corseford School.”

There really is something for everyone at the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival from 13 – 25 March 2018.

For more information about the festival and to find out where you can get tickets please visit: http://lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/.

Renfrewshire Council Weather update – schools and council buildings closed tomorrow

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LATEST WEATHER UPDATE – 1400 Weds 28 March
The Met Office have now issued a red weather warning for Renfrewshire and parts of Scotland due to extreme weather conditions expected later today – running from 3pm today until 10am tomorrow.

The advice is not to travel under any circumstances during those hours. Ensure you remain safe and follow the advice of the emergency services at all times. Council services are affected as follows:
All schools and nurseries will remain closed today and Thursday. We will update you tomorrow on whether they will reopen on Friday.
All bin collections today and tomorrow are cancelled and will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day for that colour of bin.  At that time we will also collect any excess waste left at the side of the bins.
All essential council services – such as care at home and some social work services – will be operating to the best of our ability but council offices will be closing later this afternoon.
We hope to be able to reopen council buildings at some point tomorrow but as the red weather warning is in place until 10am tomorrow and the advice is not to travel, this will only be when it is safe to do so. Council staff should speak to their line manager about their own service arrangements.
We will issue any updates on here and through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
As it stands the conditions are making things very challenging but our gritters and snow ploughs have been out overnight and will stay out all today. We are sure you appreciate we can’t get to every residential street but all main roads are open at present. Our street teams have also been out since 5.30am helping to clear the snow from pavements.
Obviously the situation may change so we advise you keep an eye on the Met Office for weather updates and follow Police Scotland and Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice. Stay safe out there and we will keep you posted.
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Severe weather closes sports and leisure facilities

Due to severe weather warnings all sports and leisure facilities along with libraries, Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, community centres and town halls operated by Renfrewshire Leisure closed at 2pm today. (Wednesday, February 28.

And due to the Red Alert warning from the Met Office, these facilities will also be closed tomorrow. (Thursday, March 1)

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “With the updated weather warning and the travel advice from Police Scotland our facilities will close early on Wednesday and remained closed on Thursday.

“We take the safety of our staff and customers very seriously and a decision on whether to open on Friday will be made when we get an updated weather report on Thursday.”

Labour calls for boost in road spending after ‘perfect storm conditions’ cause pothole misery.

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Labour has called on the SNP Administration running Renfrewshire Council to commit millions of pounds to fixing Renfrewshire’s pothole-ridden roads in the upcoming budget.

Eddie Devine, Leader of the Labour Opposition on the Council has said the SNP needs to match or even increase the record amount of money set aside for road repairs in the last year of the Labour Administration.
During the year 2016-2017 the Labour-run Renfrewshire Council committed £6.7 million for roads, but Councillor Devine says this winter saw the ‘perfect storm’ conditions for potholes to appear on the roads.
Councillor Devine said ‘the biggest talking point in the past few months has been the state of our roads and there needs to be a massive effort from the Council to get out there and repair them properly’.
‘The last year Labour were in power before the Council elections in May 2017 we had the largest amount of money ever budgeted for road repairs’. ‘Unfortunately, the weather conditions this winter created the perfect storm for potholes to appear on many of our roads. We had periods of rain then hard frosts, which caused the water to expand when it became frozen causing potholes in the road surfaces’.
He continued ‘it is now the time when the SNP Administration decides on the Council’s budget for the next financial year and we would call on them to make road repairs a priority and commit the same, or even more money, to repairing our roads as we did’. ‘Because of the winter we’ve had, more money is needed to fix our broken roads than ever before’.
‘That would be a priority for the people of Renfrewshire and its also a priority for Labour on Renfrewshire Council’.
Councillor Devine added ‘the SNP Administration also needs to make sure the repairs that are
being carried out are done properly’.
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Labour calls for boost in road spending after ‘perfect storm conditions’ cause pothole misery.

Labour has called on the SNP Administration running Renfrewshire Council to commit millions of pounds to fixing Renfrewshire’s pothole-ridden roads in the upcoming budget.

Eddie Devine, Leader of the Labour Opposition on the Council has said the SNP needs to match or even increase the record amount of money set aside for road repairs in the last year of the Labour Administration.

During the year 2016-2017 the Labour-run Renfrewshire Council committed £6.7 million for roads, but Councillor Devine says this winter saw the ‘perfect storm’ conditions for potholes to appear on the roads.
Councillor Devine said ‘the biggest talking point in the past few months has been the state of our roads and there needs to be a massive effort from the Council to get out there and repair them properly’.

‘The last year Labour were in power before the Council elections in May 2017 we had the largest amount of money ever budgeted for road repairs’. ‘Unfortunately, the weather conditions this winter created the perfect storm for potholes to appear on many of our roads. We had periods of rain then hard frosts, which caused the water to expand when it became frozen causing potholes in the road surfaces’.

He continued ‘it is now the time when the SNP Administration decides on the Council’s budget for the next financial year and we would call on them to make road repairs a priority and commit the same, or even more money, to repairing our roads as we did’. ‘Because of the winter we’ve had, more money is needed to fix our broken roads than ever before’.

‘That would be a priority for the people of Renfrewshire and its also a priority for Labour on Renfrewshire Council’.

Councillor Devine added ‘the SNP Administration also needs to make sure the repairs that are
being carried out are done properly’.

Renfrewshire’s Provost offers a helping hand at local foodbank

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron joined volunteers of the Renfrewshire Foodbank to prepare and hand out parcels to those in need.

Provost Cameron helped bag up food parcels alongside the regular helpers at the Paisley distribution centre located in the Central Baptist Church.

The Paisley branch is one of four foodbanks in Renfrewshire, set up in partnership with the Trussell Trust and local churches, which gives emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

Since 1 April 2017, the Renfrewshire Foodbank has provided a three day supply of food for more than 7000 people using donations totalling almost 90 tonnes from the local community.

Provost Cameron said: “The selfless work which the volunteers of the foodbank carry out is fantastic and they are a shining example of the community members we have in Renfrewshire.

“While it is sad that people find themselves in the position of needing the support of the foodbank, the vital service provided by the volunteers is extraordinary and I thank them for their unwavering commitment.

“If you are able to donate your time or some food items then please do and ensure that the foodbank can continue to provide support to those who need it.”

Renfrewshire Foodbank Manager, Elizabeth Alexander, said: “I’d like to thank Provost for taking the time to visit the foodbank and offer a helping hand to our fantastic team of volunteers.

“We work hard to support those in need at the foodbank and without their dedication, and the donations from the local community, we couldn’t do the work we do.

“The number of people we have been able to help has risen again this year so it is vital that we continue to receive the support of the local community to ensure we can help those in crisis.

“If you are able to offer your support in any form, please get in touch and we’d be happy to have you on board.”

You can find out more about Renfrewshire Foodbank via their website: renfrewshire.foodbank.org.uk.