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George Hits Out at Thieves

George AdamA £12 million electrification project of the Paisley Canal line has been disturbed due to a substantial amount of cable being stolen by thieves according to Network Rail. It is expected that some journeys will be disrupted, Network Rail have stated that the first electric trains to use the line will be on schedule.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said;

‘This is disappointing. Paisley has benefited from this electrification project and the £9 million investment along the Gilmour Street line.

‘I have contacted Network Rail to confirm that the electrification will be completed on time despite this happening.

‘I use the Paisley Canal station every week to get to Parliament and I have been impressed with the revamp there and the installation of the accompanying electric lines for the trains. This is of benefit to everyone in Paisley, improving transport links not only for people going to work but also businesses who always need improved transport infrastructure.

‘I will be working with Network Rail to ensure that the full implementation of the line is completed on time.

A Network Rail spokesperson said;

‘Our engineers are working as quickly as possible to deliver the new infrastructure, but following the theft of a significant amount of cable from the line we have had no option but to slightly extend our engineering works.

“We remain confident that the project will be completed in time for the commencement of electric train services in December as planned.”

The temporary timetable put in place in September will now continue to apply until Monday, November 19.

This means there will be no services on Saturdays and early service closure Monday to Thursday.

A normal service timetable will operate on Friday, November 16.

ScotRail has arranged replacement bus services in both directions, calling at all stations, departing from Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal as timetabled.’

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 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.

Paisley’s MSP has a Heart!

MSP George AdamGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, recently raised the issue of heart disease within local communities with the Cabinet Secretary for Public Health, Michael Matheson. During Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy question time, George asked the minister ‘what action is being taken in local communities to reduce heart disease’. Mr Matheson responded, outlining that the government is acting to reduce smoking rates, excessive alcohol consumption and will tackle obesity in our communities.

George said, “Paisley recently became a heart town as part of the Have a Heart initiative. I believe that initiatives like this will encourage and promote health living within our local area. Now that we are a heart town, we are part of the British Heart Foundation’s programme to target healthier living in areas where there is a high level of coronary heart disease and to get people to take action to improve their overall health.

‘Everyday, medicine and science are moving forward with new and innovative procedures which continue to treat and even cure many heart problems; keyhole heart surgery is making it easier to operate on patients after they suffer a heart attack. While this news is great for people in need of medical care, our aim as a government, MSP’s and just as people, is to prevent people for needing these procedures.

‘I am a firm believer in preventative medicine and education. The governments approach to this issue is helping educate people to take a more active role in changing their own lifestyles for the better and to move away from activities which could be detrimental to their health.”