Glasgow Airport statement following Ryanair announcement

A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said: “We are bitterly disappointed at this decision by Ryanair which is not only damaging for Glasgow and wider Scottish connectivity, it will impact approximately 100 jobs locally. This is a result of the airline’s review of its single aircraft bases, however, we have been left in no doubt it is also a consequence of the Scottish Government’s inability to introduce its proposed 50% cut in Air Departure Tax (ADT).

“Despite clear and repeated warnings from both airports and airlines about the potential impact of this policy not being implemented, we are now faced with a stark scenario that includes the loss of 20 services and a significant number of jobs.

“This is the second example in as many months of an airline cutting capacity in Scotland because of the lack of movement on ADT. The reality is this capacity will be reallocated elsewhere in Europe to countries with more favourable aviation taxation policies to Scotland’s detriment. We cannot sit back and risk Scotland’s connectivity being further eroded. It is imperative there is immediate action on ADT.”

Renfrewshire has a bright idea to tackle dog fouling

Streets across Renfrewshire are being sprayed pink, red, blue and green as part of an innovative campaign to tackle dog fouling in the area.

As part of Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign, streets where dog fouling has been identified as a major issue are being targeted to improve their cleanliness.

Officers will be spraying any dog waste found within the targeted street with biodegradable spray paint, as well as stencils in each street with the message “‘Someone isn’t picking up after their dog…is it you?”.

There will also be informative posters placed in the area as well as enforcement activity carried out to monitor the situation, reducing the level of dog fouling in the short and long term.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It is unacceptable for an owner not to pick up after their dog or fail to dispose of it correctly.

“This innovative campaign will force people to sit up and take notice of the problem within their street and think twice before they fail to pick up after their pets again.

“We know there is a large majority of responsible dog owners in Renfrewshire who always ensure they carry a bag with them on their daily walks, it is the minority who don’t that we wish to change.

“If we can grab their attention through this campaign then we can begin to change their behaviour and make our streets safer and cleaner for everyone.”

The approach has been trialled successfully in other areas local authority areas across the UK and has seen a significant reduction in the level of dog fouling in the area, as well as a change in the behaviour of local dog owners.

To sign up to be a Responsible Dog Owner in Renfrewshire, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/responsibledogowner.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or like the Team Up to Clean Up Facebook page.

Have a stag do at Paisley Museum, says Provost

Provost Lorraine Cameron is urging everyone to go on a stag do – but it’s nothing to do with celebrating getting married.

St Marys PS see Monarch of the Glen on display at Paisley Art Galleries

Renfrewshire’s Provost recently paid a visit to Paisley Museum to see the iconic Scottish painting, Monarch of the Glen, by Sir Edwin Landseer, which is on display there for people to see for free until March 11.

And she’s encouraging people to go along and see the painting of the majestic red deer stag on a mist-covered Highland hilltop for themselves.

Youngsters from St Mary’s Primary, Paisley were also at the Museum to see the painting as part of their project about Paisley and Provost Cameron joined the youngsters in marveling at the famous image.
The Monarch of the Glen was painted in 1851 and has been used in modern times as an advertising tool on everything from beermats, biscuit tins to bottles of whisky.

The painting is an iconic image associated with Scotland and Paisley is only one of four venues in the country chosen by the National Galleries of Scotland for it to go on show.

Provost Cameron said: “I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to see the iconic Monarch of the Glen painting in Renfrewshire and it was great to see local schoolchildren also visiting, who will hopefully be inspired by the stunning piece.

“It’s only fitting that Paisley, being so rich in culture, should host this fantastic painting and I would encourage everyone to ensure they visit the Museum to see the eye-catching piece of artwork while it is here.”

The painting was bought for the nation for £4 million from drinks giant Diageo last year, after a four-month fundraising campaign supported by the National Lottery, Art Fund, the Scottish Government, private trusts and public donations. Diageo had agreed to sell the famous painting for half the market value.

Pass It On Week 10th-18th March

The theme for this year is musical instruments. So many unused instruments are languishing in lofts and cupboards. The idea is to collect these and pass them on to organisations who will use them.
LEAP will be a collection point and we will be partnering with Music Broth a new Glasgow based charity, who lend out musical instruments.

Gavin Newlands MP continues campaign for fair and affordable insurance for those with Huntington’s disease

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has continued his campaign to ensure that individuals living with Huntington’s disease, or are at risk from Huntington’s, can access affordable and fair insurance.

Earlier this year, following representations from the Renfrewshire-based Scottish Huntington’s Association, Mr Newlands led a debate in parliament on the challenges that people with Huntington’s disease have with accessing insurance and called for action to be taken to ensure that the insurance companies cannot price out those individuals from acquiring insurance.

Gavin has followed this up with a meeting with the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, where he was joined by the John Eden, Chief Executive of the Scottish Huntington’s Association and also representatives from the Huntington’s Disease Association and Genetic Alliance UK. They repeated the calls to the UK Government to intervene to help ensure that those with Huntington’s disease can access affordable insurance.

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

“I am determined to continue the campaign so that individuals either living with Huntington’s, or the risk of being a carrier, can access affordable insurance to allow them to live their lives without added financial stress and complication to be able go on holiday, buy a house or secure life insurance.

“It’s clear that the insurance companies still don’t fully understand this condition and this means that too many people who suffer from Huntington’s, when not refused insurance, are even priced out from acquiring basic insurance to go on a family holiday.

“This was productive meeting and I am grateful for John, Cathy and Ruth for joining me at this meeting to explain what has to be done to ensure that individuals with Huntington’s disease can access fair and affordable insurance, and to the minister for vowing to work with us to try and make the current regulations fit for purpose.”

John Eden, Chief Executive of the Scottish Huntington’s Association, said:

“People with Huntington’s Disease and their families live at the sharp end of the day-to-day challenges of a severe, progressive condition. They face battles getting others to understand their needs, access services, and cope with the many symptoms the condition causes. Accessing life insurance is yet another battle and many, if not most families stand little chance of winning. Insurance companies simply don’t understand this condition and frankly seem indifferent to the impact their resultant decision making process have on already difficult circumstances. It really is time that changed and they must engage with the HD community and find workable solutions. People with HD don’t expect special treatment, they just want to be treated fairly.”

Council Leader sets out budget challenges

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has pledged to put local communities at the heart of the Council’s budget plans for the coming financial year.

The Council Leader pledged to ‘put people first’ and ensure that spending is targeted where it will make a difference for communities and businesses across Renfrewshire.

The level of council tax and the council’s total spending on services and capital investment will be set at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council on 1 March.

Councillor Nicolson said:  “I was delighted to be appointed Leader of the Council after the election last year and we have worked hard with councillors from across the parties to make sure we’re delivering the best deal we can for the people who live and work in Renfrewshire.

“It’s been a fantastic time for Renfrewshire and our recent bid for UK City of Culture. Being part of the competition was supported by all political parties and it gave us this fantastic platform to show everyone what we can do. It’s important now we continue that journey, building on the positive perceptions created and making sure that we make the most of the opportunities we have in front of us.

“We want to make Renfrewshire an attractive place to live, work and visit. We will continue to invest in education, jobs and tackling the inequalities that can hold people back from realising their full potential.

“I promised at the time that we would listen to what communities tell us and we have worked to ensure that with finite resources, we make sure we get the best value for every public pound we spend.

“We want to give people back a pride in their place and we’ve invested in improving our local environment through our team up to clean up programme.”

Councillor Nicolson also highlighted that with limited resources, there would have to be new ways of working together to deliver key public services.

“Like other local authorities, we must work within the budgets we are set and we will continue to work with our local communities and partners to ensure that our investment decisions are based on what will make an impact and ensure our communities continue to thrive.”

Gavin Newlands MP visits Lamont Farm

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has praised Lamont City farm, the long-established community farm which has spent the past 41 years helping to improve animal welfare through education and helping to rescue animals at risk.

 

Lamont City Farm is run entirely by volunteers and provides school children and residents from Renfrewshire and beyond to meet a range of animals, from horses and llamas, to exotic reptiles and small furries.

The Farm run workshops on animal care, welfare and husbandry. Unfortunately, last week, the farm building was targeted by vandals who caused a significant amount of damage. As a result, the volunteers have launched a crowdfunder to help repair the damage that was caused.

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

“Lamont City Farm is a well-established part of the wider Renfrewshire community. They have provided opportunities for countless school children over the years to see some fantastic animals and it’s an outrage that they’ve been targeted by senseless vandals.

“They provide a fantastic resource to Renfrewshire and help educate kids about the importance of animal welfare. In addition many of its residents have been saved from a life of neglect, abuse and suffering. To hear that this organisation has recently been targeted by vandals is especially distressing. I hope all those who have visited Lamont City Farm over the years, and have seen witnessed the excellent job that they do, will contribute to this fundraiser if they are able to. ”

Early completion of Bargarran and St John Bosco Primary Schools and Early Learning and Childcare Class

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A shared site for two new build Renfrewshire schools is set to be completed and handed over almost two months ahead of schedule.

The new state of the art two storey building which will house the adjacent St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary Schools in Erskine, will be ready for occupation from 16 April.
This early delivery of the new facilities from main contractors Heron Bros to Renfrewshire Council, means the opportunity to move the schools and St John Bosco’s early learning and childcare class, immediately after the spring break.

Parents have been informed of the early move, which is expected to take place between 16 to 18 April.
All the establishments are expected to be closed over that three day period to minimise disruption.
Permission for the period of “exceptional closure” to facilitate the move from the old buildings to the new building has been sought from the schools directorate at the Scottish Government, with confirmation expected imminently.
The early move also means that the demolition of the existing buildings can take place more quickly, meaning that construction would be complete by October this year, as opposed to December.
The £16 million work, which started in January 2017, is part of Renfrewshire Council’s extensive £52million investment programme to improve local schools and promote learning and achievement by giving children the best possible learning environment.
The new building has mirrored wings for the two schools over two levels with flexible spaces which support independent learning.
On the ground floor, all classrooms lead out into a courtyard with canopied areas for outside learning, while upstairs classes have access to a balcony area.  Toilets and cloakroom facilities link to the outside and the shared dining hall will double up as an ‘after school’ area.
The new facility includes an all-weather sports pitch as well as a feature ‘green roof’ where seeds from native species will be planted and video links to classrooms will allow pupils to view wildlife in realtime.
Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “It’s great news that the building is ready ahead of schedule and we have already informed parents.
“The new shared building provides the best possible learning environment for pupils and children and allows them to reach their full potential.
“The three day closure period will allow staff to set up before the return of children and pupils.”
Damian Heron, Group Managing Director at Heron Bros, said: “Heron Bros is delighted to hand over the shared campus for St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary School two months early. Our project management team developed an innovative solution which enabled the fast-tracking of the programme and we are delighted to have been able to complete the project ahead of schedule.
“We would like to thank the entire project team and our local supply chain who all worked in collaboration to deliver this marvellous facility so efficiently, and wish the staff and pupils success and happiness in their new home.”

Gavin Newlands MP urges community to rally around Leighanne Sanderson

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is urging local people to show their support for a family’s fundraising efforts to support a local mum who is suffering from brain cancer.

Local mum, Leighanne Sanderson from Renfrew has been diagnosed with having a brain tumour and has only been given 18 months to 5 years to live.

Leighanne’s family and friends are now rallying behind her to help raise funds so she can create happy memories with her loved ones.

The family have organised a charity hypnotist and band event for this coming Saturday (24th) in the David Lloyd Club, in Renfrew, and local people are being urged to buy tickets to support this worthy cause.

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

“Leighanne was delivered devastating news and her family and friends have rightly come to her aid to help support her during this difficult time. I can’t begin to imagine the distress that the Sandersons are going through at this time and it’s only right that the local community offers all the support they can to the family.

“The Sandersons want to help Leighanne create positive memories and I’m sure our community can contribute to that by supporting their fundraising efforts. The family have organised a hypnotist and band event for this coming Saturday and I would encourage everyone to buy a ticket for this event. This sounds like a great night, and you will also be supporting a worthy cause in the process. There will be numerous ways that you can help Leighanne out and I would call on everyone to support her during this time.”

 

Renfrew FC Race Night

Renfrew FC are holding a race night on Saturday 24th March at Kirklandneuk Community Centre, Renfrew.
Doors open from 7 pm, races start at 730 pm.

Tickets are £3, includes food and disco.
Prizes for the winning horse owner of each race.
Prize-winning games on the night including incredible 4.5 litre bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky.
Tickets available at New Western Park or from any Committee Member.