Major Investment for Paisley

George boarding one of the old diesel trains which are to be replacedGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed the £12m joint investment from ScotRail and Network Rail to electrify the 8km rail line between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal. The investment will see this stretch of line being the first to benefit from this new ‘alliance’ between both organisations.

Commenting on the announcement, George said:

“This is great news from the people of Paisley, like me, who use this line on a regular basis. You will normally catch me at Hawkhead Station at 6am on Wednesday and Thursday mornings on my way to parliament. As you will know, the current line has old diesel run trains traveling up and down it numerous times a day. This investment will mean that modern, electric trains will be traveling the line. These trains are much more comfortable and reliable, while they are much friendlier to our environment.

“On the back of the massive modernisation which has just been completed at Paisley Gilmour Street, this news further underlines the commitment from everyone involved in rail travel to modernise and improve our rail lines and services. I would like to congratulate ScotRail and Network Rail on this investment, to be completed by December, and eagerly wait traveling on these new comfortable trains on my way to parliament on cold winter mornings.”George at Paisley Canal Station

George Helps to ‘Pass it On’

National Transplant WeekNational Transplant Week has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament by Paisley’s MSP George Adam. The awareness week runs from the 9th of July until the 16th of this month, with the aim of getting people to talk about transplantation.

George said:

‘I lodged a parliamentary motion regarding the awareness week, in particular, to highlight the ‘Pass it On’ theme of this year’s campaign. This is to encourage everyone who has signed up to the Organ Donor’s register to talk with their family and friends, so that in the event of an accident a loved one’s wishes can be followed to donate their organs.

‘One of my friends was seriously ill a number of years ago. After receiving a kidney transplant I have been able to see the difference that this can make to someone’s life.

‘I realise that a transplant is only a form of treatment and not a cure, but this is the only option for so many people.

‘Research has shown that 90% of families agree to organ donation if a loved one has discussed their wishes. If these conversations are not done the level of organ donation drops to around 40%.

‘Every year over 1,000 people die before they have the chance to receive an organ. This is why this campaign is so important, and I would encourage anyone who has registered to discuss their wishes with their loved ones.’

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors

George’s Parliamentary Motion.

Short Title: National Transplant Week 2012
S4M-03585 George Adam () (Scottish National Party):
That the Parliament recognises National Transplant Week, from 9 to 15 July 2012; understands that this year’s theme is Pass it On, encouraging people who have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register to tell their relatives and friends what they would like to happen in the event of their death; understands that 90% of families agree to organ donation if a loved one has registered and discussed their wishes, compared with 40% if donation wishes are not known, and regrets that over 7,500 people across the UK are waiting for an organ transplant at any one time and that around 1,000 of those die each year before receiving an organ transplant.

Link to the NTW website – http://www.transplantweek.co.uk/

Launch of Paisley’s Yes Campaign

Group photo of some of the people out supporting the Yes Campaign in PaisleyPaisley buddies were signing in the rain on Saturday, with the launch of the ‘Yes’ campaign for Scottish independence. Taking part in the event were representatives from different political parties, community activists and those with an interest in seeing Scotland making it’s own decisions.

Paisley’s MSP George Adam was present, helping to sign up people to the Yes Declaration.

Speaking on the event, George said:

‘The launch of Paisley’s Yes campaign was great, we had a crowd of people willing to help out and together we were able to collect hundreds of declarations from those that want Scotland to make its own choices. Quite remarkable considering the rain belting down on the streets of the town.

This launch is just the start and there are many more events being planned, with the positive vision of an independent Scotland, where nuclear weapons are removed from Scottish soil, illegal wars are not embarked on and Scotland’s resources benefit the people of Scotland, providing jobs, wealth and a nation that takes its place in the world on equal terms as other independent countries, the normal state of nations around the world.

For more information on the Yes Campaign go to www.yesscotland.net or contact George directly.

George Speaks in the Empty Property Relief Debate

George yesterday spoke on in the Local Government Debate on Empty Property Relief. Empty properties are a sight that blights our high street and George has and will work with any group to promote our town centre and make positive contributions in making this great town even better.

During the debate George commented: “There is potential to bring 5,500 properties back into use. The alternative is that, as Mr Brown (Conservative MSP) suggested, we do nothing and leave our town centres the way they are, with no hope or vision for the future. That is what the Tories constantly come up with. If we continue to do nothing, the cost and impact will be that, in 2012-13, £152 million will be used to subsidise empty shops. We will spend £152 million to keep shops and businesses closed. That is not right or correct in a modern and dynamic Scotland. What incentive does that give faceless absentee landlords on our high streets, who sit on properties while having no interest in town centre regeneration? Reform of empty property rates will revitalise our town centres and provide that incentive. It will work alongside other regeneration strategies and groups in our communities. It is important to our town centres and to our local economies, which work locally with the authorities and partner organisations to ensure that we can have vibrant and sustainable town centres.”

There are many positive groups in our town working to open up our town centre, injecting creativity and purpose which will benefit Paisley. If you wish to work with George in developing our town centre, do not hesitate to get in contact.

To view George’s full contribution to the debate and the full debate in its entirety, click here. George’s contribution is on page 10363.

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

George today lodged a motion at parliament congratulating all involved in the very successful event which took place in Paisley Town Centre this past Saturday, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697. The motion carries on by highlighting how events such as this can have great benefits for local communities. The motion is as follows:

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-lead 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.

GEORGE WELCOMES FALL IN VIOLENT CRIME IN STRATHCLYDE

RECORD POLICE NUMBERS HELPING TO DELIVER FOR COMMUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND

George AdamWelcoming the publication of Strathclyde Police’s Annual Report 2011/12, showing a sharp drop in violent crime across the region, SNP MSP for Paisley George Adam, said:

“These figures are testament to the hard work of police officers across Strathclyde, and to the SNP Government who has helped deliver record police numbers in Strathclyde and across Scotland.

“Just this week it was revealed that there are almost five hundred more police in Strathclyde than when the SNP took office – this is real progress and is delivering real results.

“Serious assaults are down from 3,028 to 2,530 and cases of robbery and assault with intent to rob fell from 1,488 to 1,246.

“Recorded crime across Scotland is at a 35-year low, fear of crime is down, and the risk of being a victim of crime in Scotland is falling and is lower than in England and Wales.

“Contrast this with the bleak picture south of the border, where 16000 police jobs are being cut and the Home Secretary was slow handclapped at the Police Federation Conference.

“There is no room for complacency but the huge effort made by police across Strathclyde is paying off.”

Notes: Link to Strathclyde Police’s annual report statistical bulletin http://www.strathclyde.police.uk/assets/pdf/22863/annual_report_statistical_supplement_2011-12.pdf

George Votes in Historic Yes Vote

George says Yes to IndependenceGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, last week [31/05/2012] voted for First Minister Alex Salmond’s parliamentary motion which stated, “That the Parliament agrees that Scotland should be an independent country; sees it as the responsibility of this generation to hand over a better country to the next generation than the one inherited, and believes that it is vital for the people of Scotland to take full responsibility for the decisions about the future of Scotland.”

This was the first time that Holyrood has indicated its support for Scotland becoming an independent country, and commenting after the vote George said:

‘This was a historic day in the parliament and indeed in Scotland. This is the first time that elected member’s in Scotland have voted in favour of Scotland becoming and independent nation. Indeed, it is not the elected members who will decide whether or not we become independent, but the people of Scotland; however, as a life long supporter of independence for Scotland, this was a very symbolic day for myself and my colleagues.

‘Even just a few years ago, the thought of such a vote would have been unimaginable. Now the unimaginable has arrived, and can act as a starting point, on top of last weeks Yes Campaign launch, on the journey to Scotland taking her seat alongside the world other independent nations once again.

‘The task ahead is great, but it is a task which we all should relish being part of. Myself and the rest of my independence supporting MSP colleagues are in a fortunate position during this historic time, sitting in a parliament which looks to take the biggest step in over 300 years, however, every single person in Scotland is fortunate also; they hold the opportunity in their hands to make Scotland independent once more.

Paisley’s MSP on Town Hall Investment

George outside Paisley Town HallPaisley’s MSP has welcomed the £1.6 million investment in Paisley’s Town Hall, to revamp the iconic landmark and make it more accessible to people with disabilities.

Speaking on the announcement, George said:

‘This is a good start to the investment that is required for the town hall. Obviuosly, there is a lot more to do, as outlined in Renfrewshire Council’s pre-consultation on the Town Hall a few years ago, where it was put forward that £7million would be needed to total re-vamp this icon buliding.

‘However, this investment will give the building an upgrade and increase public access, ensuring that the venue is in tip-top condition for the Mod coming to the town next year.

‘Not only that, jobs will be created, apprenticeships will be continued along with training for those involved in the project.

‘This is in line with the Government’s priority of employment and jobs’.

The town hall was built in 1882 by members of the Clark family, one of the families important in the thread and weaving history of Paisley.

George Previews Renfrewshire’s Witch Hunt

George and Cllr Mags MacLaren with Witch Hunt Characters.George and Local Councillor Mags MacLaren took some time to see the preparations for the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 project, which will be taking place all over Paisley on Saturday the 9th of June.

The event will be a live participation showcase, highlighting the last, largest, mass execution of people accused of witchcraft in western Europe which took place in Paisley.

 

Everyone is invited to the event, and if you would like to dress up, 17th century style, to participate, even better!

To find out more about the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, click here.

George welcomes consultation in Victims’ Rights Bill

George Adam MSPGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s consultation on their proposed Victims’ Rights Bill.

The proposed Bill aims to introduce new measure to help further protect those affected by crime and to allow further openness and transparency between victims of crime and the Scottish justice system.

Commenting George said:

“The role of the Scottish justice system is to protect the victims of crimes as well as ensuring those who perpetrate crime are held to account for their actions.

“The Scottish Government has already made improvements to the way victims of crime and witnesses are treated by the judicial system. Courts can now award higher compensation payments and the Government also continues to support the work of Victim Support Scotland.

“The consultation contains a wide range of proposals that aim to further improve the experience of the justice system for victims and witnesses and offer them additional support. It aim to make sure victims, witnesses and their families feel better prepared to give evidence, ensure that they are more informed about any court proceedings and better ensure that victims and witnesses needs remain a priority.

“I would urge as many people as possible in Paisley and beyond to respond to the consultation, as their opinions could be vital in ensuring that this bill goes further to protect those affected by crime.”

Click here for a link to the consultation paper