Renfrewshire Council

Benefits of City Deal projects the hot topic in Paisley North

Making sure local communities benefit from Renfrewshire's £274million City Deal projects was high on the list of topics discussed at Paisley North Community Council this week (Tues 12 June) attended by Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson.

The Council Leader is visiting community councils across the region to hear about their local issues and the visit to Beechwood Community Centre in Shortroods was the latest in the series of visits.

City Deal employment opportunities, engagement with the Council and grass cutting programmes were all on the agenda, which was well attended by councillors for the area.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson Councillor Nicolson said: "When we were elected last year, I made a pledge to continue listening to communities and responding direct to their concerns and that is why I've been out and about attending community council meetings across the area, to hear for myself the issues that are being discussed and also where we can work more closely together to improve the quality of life for people.

"Being in close proximity to the airport, the investment in the City Deal projects will bring hundreds of jobs to the area and the investment in the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland will also create many training opportunities so we want to make sure we capitalise on this for local people so everyone can share in the benefit these developments will bring.

"We also discussed how we can work more closely together. We want to support communities to take pride in their place, tackle the issues that matter to them and have community backing. By hearing first hand their experiences and ideas, this gives us a great foundation to build on and I look forward to continuing these conversations as we move forward."

Mike Dillon, Deputy Chair of Paisley North Community Council said: "It was good to see the Council Leader spending time at our community council talking and listening to people about what matters to them.

"We have a number of concerns in Paisley north and I was delighted by his attitude and willingness to work with us. Alongside investment in the city deal projects, one of our main focuses is on making the most of Fountain Gardens as a real community park and make it a popular place for people to visit and enjoy."

Published on 15 June 2018