Renfrewshire Council


Leader's Blog: Thanks to our winter workers

If you've ever thought of January as being a quiet time of the year, spare a thought for council employees who maintain essential services through all weathers across all of our communities.

Extreme weather conditions throughout the month really highlighted the commitment of employees and workers to keep as many of our main roads clear as possible, and I fully appreciate the role they play. In fact, this winter has seen Renfrewshire Council plough a record amount of resources into keeping roads and essential footways safe and open for the community.

A few figures over the months of December and January alone highlight the scale of the work:

  • Specialist gritting vehicles deployed 684 times
  • Gritters covered 39,000 miles (62,764 km)
  • Gritting operators worked more than 4,193 hours
  • 1,000 tonnes of grit provided for grit bins
  • 3,700 tonnes to grit used on our roads and pavements.

I think it's safe to say I was really glad to see lighter nights start to appear and the onset of Spring officially starting with the daffodils starting to pop out of the ground.

As the year moves on, I'm looking forward to seeing the Council come together to continue to deliver services that our communities rely upon through our budget process.

Already this year Johnstone has become the first Renfrewshire town centre to benefit from free, outdoors public wifi.

And in Paisley, plans to cement the town as a key visitor destination within Scotland have been given a £250,000 cash boost by the National Lottery.

The money follows a successful application by Renfrewshire Council and will be used to help local cultural and heritage groups work together to showcase the town's unique story to potential visitors.

The Great Places scheme aims to allow communities to use their unique heritage to shape their futures, and tackle wider issues such as poverty, employment, health and education.

The project will start later this year and run until 2020, and a partnership of public sector, business, community and voluntary groups will be pulled together to run it.

It will support the new destination brand and website for the town - due to be revealed in the near future.

It's clear to see there are exciting times ahead for Renfrewshire, with 2018 set to showcase the area as a top notch destination for both visitors and residents.

Published 1 February 2018