Renfrewshire Council

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As the festivities arrive, I look back on another fantastic year as Provost of Renfrewshire.

This will have been my last full year as Provost as I won't be standing for re-election at the forthcoming elections in May. It has been an honour to represent the Renfrewshire community for over 20 years- with more than 4 of those as Provost- and I must thank my constituents for their faith in me.

This year has been as busy as ever and it began with Community Awards at Paisley Town Hall. I am continually inspired by the nominations we receive and it is extremely difficult to pick only one winner for each award.

We also awarded the prestigious Freedom of Renfrewshire to Corinne Hutton who, after losing both her hands and feet suddenly, has overcome this adversity to start her own charity Finding Your Feet and break every barrier put in front of her.

This year, I also managed to pass the £30,000 milestone as part of my charity fundraising scheme. Alongside my working challenge at the Cooperative Funeralcare, I was joined by other daredevil volunteers as we undertook a zip slide across East End Park in Paisley.

The four local charities I chose to support- Accord and St Vincent's Hospices, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers' Centre- are vital resources to people in Renfrewshire and I've been proud to support them throughout my time in office.

Looking ahead to next year, there is lots to look forward to in Renfrewshire.

A massive £274m investment to fund major infrastructure projects and secure Renfrewshire's long-term economic growth has been formally approved by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.

 

Part of this includes the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project which will see the construction of a new 'opening' bridge across the River Clyde and the construction of the Renfrew North Development Road.

Together, the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, Airport Investment Area project, with the other City Deal initiatives will create opportunities for transformational change in Renfrewshire.

Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture will be submitted and the shortlisted candidates will be announced. The bid aims to put Paisley in the international spotlight, attract visitors, create jobs and help build a new sense of local pride

We are already starting to see the benefits of the bid and all of Renfrewshire stands to gain from its success. We want to harness the power of culture and all the benefits it brings to people's lives to create a lasting legacy for the whole area.

2017 will bring its own challenges but the community spirit in Renfrewshire guarantees that we will overcome any of these.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes.

Provost Anne Hall