Renfrewshire Council

Priority 2: Culture and heritage-led regeneration

Our aspiration

We want to build on Renfrewshire's strong culture and heritage and use it as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration and to re-invigorate civic pride across our communities.  We aim to put Paisley and Renfrewshire on the map as a destination of choice and a great place to have fun for visitors and locals alike.


Renfrewshire loves culture, we always have.  With lyrical poetry from Robert Tannahill to Gerry Rafferty to Paisley boy Paolo Nutini; the stunning architecture of the Coats Memorial Church, to world-renowned sculptor Sandy Stoddart; to hosting Scotland's largest Youth Theatre PACE, Paisley Arts Centre and our Spree festival; we are building our cultural and heritage led regeneration from strong foundations.

Our bid for Paisley to become the UK City of Culture in 2021 is at the centre of these plans.  We will use this to develop and showcase our fantastic cultural and heritage assets and make sure we maximise the benefits they can deliver to the quality of life of all our residents, the enjoyment of our visitors and the sustainable growth of our economy.  Our plans include a hugely exciting £57m development of Paisley Museum and a £500,000 creative fund to support our local arts and cultural community organisations to play a major role in the City of Culture programme.

This will be combined with our ongoing town centre developments and a wide range of events to support our regeneration plans, the local economy and increase tourism.  We recognise that our striking historic buildings are a key asset and our award winning Paisley Heritage Asset Strategy sets out how we will protect and enhance our many historic buildings for the benefit our residents and visitors.

We also recognise that we need to get better at telling people about all the interesting things that are going on in Renfrewshire and what a great place it is to live, come and visit, or locate and grow your business. We're going to launch a new marketing campaign that will put Renfrewshire on the map and make it much easier for everybody to see what we've got to offer and the benefits you can expect if you visit, live or invest here.

What we will do

  • Develop a winning bid for Paisley to be the 2021 UK City of Culture Bid
  • Deliver a range of diverse and exciting events to increase visitor numbers to our town centres
  • Implement the Renfrewshire Tourism Framework and action plan
  • Deliver the actions set out in the Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy
  • Finalise the funding and plans for the Paisley Museum development
  • Launch our marketing campaign to promote Renfrewshire as a world class destination

How will we know we have been successful?

Our success measures will be:

  • A winning bid for Paisley to be UK City of Culture 2021
  • Number of visitors to the events we create
  • Number of visitors to our cultural sites
  • Number of visitor numbers per year to Paisley Museum
  • Number of new jobs in town centre creative industries
  • Number of properties on Buildings at Risk Register
  • Percentage of adults satisfied with their town
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