Renfrewshire Council

Council Leader Iain Nicolson

Leader's blog: our new Council Plan will create jobs and help Renfrewshire thrive

It's been an exciting fortnight for Renfrewshire.

The bid for 2021 UK City of Culture for Paisley was sent to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in London with a fantastic sing-along in Paisley High Street, communities across Renfrewshire have been getting involved in our Team Up to Clean Up campaign and the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a £4.9million grant towards the revamp of Paisley Museum.

The revamp will transform the museum into a global attraction that showcases Renfrewshire's textile and design heritage, with plans including an extension housing a café and shop, improvements to all four parts of the museum buildings and an internal redesign that will double the number of objects on display.

Councillors from all parties showed their support for the bid with £45million of funding for historic venues, including a major modernisation of Paisley Town Hall, a revamp of Paisley Arts Centre, the redevelopment of St James playing fields and a plan to turn the former Galbraiths warehouse into an art exhibition venue. Money was also pledged to improve roads, public transport and pedestrian access in and around Paisley.

As if that was not enough, councillors set out their determination to create more jobs and opportunities for everyone in Renfrewshire by approving the new Council Plan.

Titled 'Thriving Places, Connected Communities, the plan sets out the Council's strategic priorities over the next five years, with a focus on growing the Renfrewshire economy and addressing the challenges facing the area.

It is built around five key themes:

-          Reshaping our place, our economy and our future

-          Building strong, safe and resilient communities

-          Tackling inequality, ensuring opportunities for all

-          Creating a sustainable Renfrewshire for all to enjoy

-          Working together to improve outcomes

Jobs in Renfrewshire have grown by more than 9,000 in the last three years, with key employment sectors in health and care, transportation and manufacturing. Our Council Plan builds on this, creating an opportunity for Renfrewshire to thrive and transform its future.

It was approved alongside the new 10 year Community Plan, which was developed jointly by public, private and third sector community planning partners. The plans are designed to complement each other and, when combined, will address the opportunities and challenges facing our communities.

As a Council we are ambitious for Renfrewshire and we want to create more jobs and attract greater investment, opening up opportunities for everyone. The plan sets out our shared vision for Renfrewshire, which can be delivered if we work together and listen to the needs of our communities.