Paisley news

Paisley Canal Electrification

George at Paisley Canal On Wednesday 12th September, members of the project team deliverling the electrification of the Paisley Canal Line, the joint project of Network Rail and ScotRail, will be on hand to answer any questions about work to deliver the electrification of the Paisley Canal Line. You can meet them between 5pm and 8pm at Stow Brae Kirk Church Hall, 82 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1YP.

Changes to train services

Work will start to electrify the Paisley Canal line on Saturday 29th September. On Saturdays 29th to 3rd Novemeber, no services will operate. From Monday 1st October (Monday to Thursday) the last train from Paisley Canal to Glasgow Central will be at 20:00. The final service from Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal will be at 19:38. Additionally, from Saturday 13th October – Saturday 20th October inclusive no services will operate. ScotRail is currently finalising alternative transport options. Further information is available at .


Paisley Olympian Medal Winner Receives Fantastic Welcome

George with Emily

One of Paisley’s medal winning Olympians receives a heroes welcome on Saturday at Kelburne Hockey Club in Paisley. Emily Maguire won a bronze at the women’s field hockey event at the London games, and took some well earned rest to take the time to visit her old club in paisley, giving some potential young stars some training. Paisley’s MSP, George Adam was also invited along to the event after lodging a parliamentary motion congratulating the Paisley girl.

Speaking on Emily’s visit, George said;

‘It was fantastic to meet Emily at last after congratulating her through lodging a parliamentary motion. She is not only and inspiration to Paisley hockey hopefuls but to all across Scotland. She has such a great personality too, taking time to talk, train and get photographs taken with everyone that asked. She is a proud Paisley buddie and it was a real pleasure to meet her.’

Emily, who plays for the pro-hockey club Reading, started playing hockey from the age of five. Throughout her teenage years the 24 year old played for Kelburne Hockey Club. The bronze medal that she collected at the Olympics adds to the silver medal she won this year in Argentina in the Champions Trophy.

George’s Parliamentary Motion.

Motion S4M-03865: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/08/2012
Emily Maguire, Paisley’s Olympic Medal Winner
That the Parliament congratulates Emily Maguire, Paisley’s hockey Olympic bronze medal winner, on her success at the 2012 London Olympics; recognises the former Kelburne Hockey Club player’s dedication and commitment to her sport, and acknowledges what it understands is the continued support she has been offered by her former club and from the people of Paisley, which, it considers, will undoubtedly continue throughout her career.

Local Businessman and MSP Push for Bus Station

Gary and George across from proposed entrance to the Paisley Bus StationA local business man is determined to improve his local area by establishing a bus station. Gary Kerr, Managing Director of an asset management and engineering consultancy has drawn up plans for a bus station which will form a transport hub; with Gilmour Street train station right next door and Glasgow Airport a short bus run away.

Speaking on the idea, George said:
‘I have known Gary for a number of years and I know how much he wants to ensure that Paisley can develop in to the sort of town that can be an example to all.

‘Through Gary’s engineering experience he has developed these plans for a bus station behind the old Arnott’s site in Gauze Street.

‘The idea seems perfect for the site, delivering people right in to the heart of Paisley for shopping, hopping on a train or plane. This is exactly the sort of transport infrastructure that Paisley requires.

Speaking on the plans Gary said:
‘For the past year George has helped me to push ahead with the plans for the station. We have been talking about it to the decision makers in Renfrewshire, including the council, but eventually I decided I would have to do the ground work and draw up plans to show the idea was not only viable, but a great chance to reinvigorate the town, joining up passengers on train, bus and plane.

‘I provided my plans to the council, but progress is slow. I publicly aired the plans on twitter and was amazed by the response; I have dozens of people wanting to establish a group to develop the idea in to a reality.

‘This is just one step to getting Paisley back where it belongs, as one of Scotland’s biggest and influential towns.’
Click here for link to EPM, Mr Kerr’s business

Parliament Bewitched by George’s Debate

Geogre with Fiona Hyslop MSp and members of Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697Yesterday, as members of the Scottish Parliament listened to the closing remarks of a debate in the parliament chamber, they turned around to the viewing gallery where they looked with amazement to see members of the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 enter dressed in full costume. They were there to see George Adam MSPs member’s debate regarding this project and the benefits it has had for our town.

Speaking after the debate, the first ever members debate to be held on a Tuesday, George said:

“I was delighted to welcome to parliament members of the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 and others involved in the project. I was able to secure a members debate after submitting a motion to parliament congratulating the project for the event which was staged in Paisley in June this year, while also highlighting the great benefit cultural events like this can have for any town in Scotland.

‘Liz Gardiner of Fablevision and one of the many people involved with the witch hunt has been keen to tell me how cultural planning can benefit towns around Scotland, picking up on a towns cultural assets, like the tale of the Paisley witches, and develop it into a event to bring people into our towns and showing the best we have to offer.

‘As I said in my speech, many people in Paisley know of the witch trials and the horse shoe marking the last resting place of the suspected witches on Maxwellton Street, but few were familiar with the whole story. So it is great that we have such an enthusiastic group of people here in our town willing to re-enact this piece of history.

‘I was delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, was able to meet with the group after the debate to see the costumes close up and here a few extra pieces of the story. I would like to thank everyone that came through for the day, many of my colleagues commented on how seeing everyone in costume added to the debate, and hope that Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 goes from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing the event again next summer.

Motion which was debated during the member’s debate –

Motion S4M-03284: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/06/2012

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, Shining the Light for Community-based Events

That the Parliament congratulates the Paisley Development Trust and everyone involved with the event, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697; notes that the event took place across Paisley town centre on 9 June 2012 and included storytelling and numerous re-enactments; praises all of the volunteers who gave up time to make what it considers to have been a great and successful day; thanks especially the 250 people who donned historical garments to make the re-enactments as authentic as possible and the estimated 1,000 people from Paisley and Renfrewshire who came out in force to support the day; considers that community-led events such as the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 are a great way to engage communities, bring people to towns, spark interest in local history and culture and, more generally, provide locally based and produced entertainment and enjoyment for towns as a whole, and believes that more events like this in cities, towns and villages across Scotland would be of great benefit to local communities and would highlight the talent and imagination of so many throughout the land.


Rainbow Turtle Celebrates 10 Years

George, Derek McKay MSP and Cllr Brian Lawson with Paul Chandler, CEO of TraidcraftRainbow Turtle, Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade retailer celebrated its 10th anniversary with George Adam, Paisley’s MSP and Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Fairtrade on Friday, at a business lunch organised to celebrate the occasion.  The lunch was organised by Rainbow Turtle in Paisley town hall to discuss issues involving the Fairtrade organisation.  Guest speaker at the event was Paul Chandler from Traidcraft, a large fairtrade business with a turnover of over £17 million pounds.


Speaking at the event George said:


‘It was great to hear from Paul about the benefits and the challenges that the Fairtrade movement faces in the future. 


‘There has been such amazing developments within the movement, making the Fairtrade mark a mainstream feature of products found in supermarkets, world’s away from the original markets within churches around the country. 


‘This year will see Scotland submit its bid to be a Fairtrade nation.  I was delighted to be invited to attend the event with others that have worked so hard to make Paisley and Renfrewshire Fairtrade areas, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay MSP, and Cllr Brian Lawson, Convenor of Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group.’

Paisley MSP George Adam shocked at methadone costs in Renfrewshire

George Adam MSP A PAISLEY MSP last night insisted his own government must rethink how they tackle drug addiction after a shocking report revealed how much methadone programmes are costing in Renfrewshire.


SNP member George Adam, who represents the town at Holyrood, issued a passionate response to questions about money being spent on the controversial heroin substitute.


It followed publication of the results of an investigation by the Daily Record which revealed that £36million was being spent each year on the prescribed drug nationally.


The Record, which is published alongside the Paisley Daily Express, yesterday produced a five-page report on the controversial scheme operated by NHS Scotland.



Among the top 10 pharmacies for earnings from providing methadone services was one in Paisley. The Lloyds Pharmacy branch in High Street raked in a staggering £90,000 last year.


Mr Adam said: “I am shocked to learn Paisley has such an expensive methadone problem and I think it is now time to look at the way we are tackling drug addiction, because something is clearly not working.


“I’m reading stories about people who have been on methadone for 30 years and asking myself  ‘What good is that doing anyone?’


“If someone is on methadone for that long, something isn’t working in the system and that is what we absolutely must address and have a clear goal of ‘clean living’ when drug-users are off it altogether in the same way an alcoholic wouldn’t drink.”


Mr Adam, whose wife Stacey has MS, also believes that the queues of recovering addicts on the methadone programme each day have made Paisley pharmacies intimidating places for patients to visit.


He added: “It’s the elderly and unwell folk that I feel sorry for the most, because they need to use these pharmacies too and these people are there waiting for their methadone.


“I’m six-foot three and I can find it quite intimidating at times, so what must an older person feel like waiting for a prescription?


“I feel passionately about this because I’m talking from the heart and I see my wife, living with MS through no fault of her own, or others who have fallen ill through no fault of their own, needing the support of the health service while there are people on the methadone programme for decades, costing millions of pounds.


“I also know from living in the town that some of these people on the programme are simply using the methadone as a top-up for their other drugs and that completely defeats the purpose in the first place.


“I’m not saying the methadone programme doesn’t work but we need to have some sort of limit, because staying on the same programme with no real progress for four, five or six years is not on.”


Lloyds Pharmacy referred the Express calls to Community Pharmacy Scotland, which represents chemists in Scotland.


A spokesman said: “We support the Scottish Government’s strategy The Road to Recovery, which promotes a holistic approach encompassing both maintenance of drug abusers and providing more focus on detoxification and rehabilitation.


“Community Pharmacy Scotland has put forward proposals that would see the methadone maintenance programme currently used with significant success taken forward to provide a greater emphasis on detoxification.”

Article curtesy of the Paisley Daily Express.


“Sell Out Saturday” Would be a Big Boost to Saints

George outside St Mirren ParkGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, is leading the calls for Saints fans far and wide to make St Mirren’s first home game of the season against Inverness on Saturday 4th August a sell out.

George commented saying, “Let’s start the season the way we mean to continue. There is nothing better than sitting in a full stadium cheering on your local team. There are calls nationwide for supporters to get behind their club and make their first homes games sell outs. Not only will this create a cracking atmosphere, but give the club a much needed cash injection after a summer break.

‘We had a great season last year, we played some of the best football I’ve seen in years, owing much to Danny’s attacking style and players like Paul McGowan and Kenny McLean adding some flair to the midfield. I hope this continues this year and hope as many people as possible get along to St Mirren Park to support the team and enjoy the style of play.

George also welcomed today’s news that The Scottish Government is renewing its sponsorship of this year’s Scottish Communities League Cup – with part of the funding coming from the Cashback for Communities scheme.

Speaking on the announcement, George said, “It is great to see The Scottish Government supporting Scottish football once again with £1.7millon sponsorship of the Scottish Communities League Cup, £500,000 coming from the Cashback for Communities programme.

‘Cashback for Communities has already provided more than £12.5 million for football in Scotland and this extra money today is a clear sign of how highly The Scottish Government value the community work football clubs do.

‘The sponsorship funding will go towards getting more young people involved in sport and helping football league clubs become community sports hubs. We already have very successful sports hubs in Paisley and the work being done by St Mirren through the Street Stuff programme is testament to what can be done if we invest in our youth. “

Supermarkets Target Award Winners (Heading for 90 Years in Paisley!)

Award winning Paisley ice cream manufacturer, Porrelli’s, have been based in the town for almost 90 years. The successful family run company distributes their products throughout the country, as well as supplying many of the large supermarket chains, giving everyone a a chance to taste what the company has to offer.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, visited the family establishment:

‘I was delighted to visit Enzo, his wife Ines, daughter Serena and the rest of the team that are making the Paisley business a success story.

‘Porrelli’s, based in Lacy Street, is one of the most impressive facilities that I have visited. Enzo was able to show me the results of the huge investment that he has made in to the business, not only showing great commitment to our town, but impressing the large supermarkets who have struck deals to get Porrelli’s ice cream on their shelves.

‘Having been provided with a small sample of their ice cream I can say it is a quality product, but one thing that really caught my eye was the range of flavours that the company has developed. Iron Brew, Scottish Tablet, Raspberry Pavlova, a truly brilliant Scot’s-Italian cross-over.

‘From what I’ve seen this business will continue to collect awards and be a beacon and an ambassador for Paisley.’

Company Director Enzo Durante said:

‘I am delighted that George took the time to come and see our purpose built factory and to meet the team here. Porrelli’s are committed to growing the business, securing employment for local people and then economic benefits that go along with it.’

Porrelli’s was established in Paisley in 1925, almost 90 years ago. The ice cream manufacturer has won numerous trade awards for their products including a Bronze award and a Special Diploma of Merit from the UK National Trade Awards.

Plaques Stolen from Historical Paisley Site

Plaques from a historical site marking a famous Paisley legal case that had repercussions around the world have been stolen. The plaques, one detailing a world conference in September 1990, held in Paisley on the law of negligence, the other telling the story of how the law of negligence was created due to an incident on that very site.

Speaking on the theft, George said:

‘It is ironic that two plaques, detailing a legal decision that reverberated around the world have been stolen. Just earlier this year I lodged a parliamentary motion highlighting the 80th anniversary of ‘the Snail Case’, one of the most famous cases in the world.

‘In 1932, May Donoghue and a friend visited Paisley’s Wellmeadow Café, where her friend bought her a bottle of Stevenson’s Ginger Beer, while drinking this, May discovered a partially decomposed snail which led to a legal case being raised against the manufacturer. This resulted in the decision of duty of care being established, which was taken up by legal systems around the world.

‘I would encourage anyone who has information on their whereabouts to contact the police. It may be that these plates have been stolen to order by someone interested in the legal system, or it could be someone looking to get money from the value of the metal. Whatever the case let’s do everything we can to get them back.’