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George Calls for Action on Litter and Grass Cutting

George next to one of many paths across Paisley covered in grass cuttings

George next to one of many paths across Paisley covered in grass cuttings

With many parts of Paisley attracting an unwanted build-up of litter, coupled with overgrown grass and weeds, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has called upon Renfrewshire Council to take immediate action to deal with these issues.  Driving around Paisley at the moment, you constantly see long grass, often up to your knees, which does not appear to have been cut in months.  This in turn, is proving to be an easy dumping ground for litter and in some cases, fly tipping.

 

After asking a question the Scottish Parliament this week, George commented, “I asked the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle fly-tipping.  Recently the fixed-penalty for fly-tipping has quadrupled, while the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 will allow the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to impose penalties of up to £40,000.  I was encouraged that in Cabinet Secretary answering my question, Richard Lochhead MSP joined me in calls for Renfrewshire Council to tackle fly-tipping and maintain a presence through the local warden’s service.

 

‘Unfortunately, the Labour administration in Renfrewshire Council has again cut the Street Scene budget, the department responsible for maintaining our streets and parks.  Now we are in a position where many areas of Paisley have grass growing up to your knees, looking as if it has not been cut for months.  This long grass provides the perfect cover for littering and fly-tipping.  Also, I have received numerous complaints that even after grass is cut, it is not collected and removed but often strewn across pavements and roads.

 

‘And I will not hear the same old excuses from Labour on the matter of the budget.  Many people may be unfamiliar with how the local governments are funded.  COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities agrees the funding formula which decides how much each council is given.  The leader of Renfrewshire Council, and the Labour group leader at COSLA, agreed to this funding formula, so let’s have no more of this nonsense.

Grass almost up to your knees is currently plotting the Paisley landscape

Grass almost up to your knees is currently blotting the Paisley landscape

 

‘The people of Paisley deserve better than dirty streets, uncut grass and weed covered pavements, not more Labour excuses, hiding the £14m a year they have to spend on their ill-conceived PFI school building project.  Let’s not forget as well the millions of pounds the council currently holds in reserve.  So I plead with the powers that be, to walk around Paisley, even the town centre, and ask yourself, it this good enough?

 

George Adam MSP will be pretty in pink for the Paisley 10k to support Breast Cancer Care Scotland

George jogging during the Paisley 10kMSP George Adam is once again taking part in the Paisley 10k, but this year, he will be donning a PINK vest to show his support for local charity Breast Cancer Care Scotland

Last year 1,700 people took to the streets of Paisley to take part in the 10k, that’s around half the number of people who are living with a breast cancer diagnosis in Renfrewshire today.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and every year more and more people are looking to Breast Cancer Care Scotland to help support them through their diagnosis.

Kim Fergusson from Paisley was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 30. As a single mum Kim wanted to stay strong for her children but she also needed someone to talk to about her diagnosis and treatment.

Kim says of that time, “I had so many questions and I didn’t know where to turn, I signed up for Breast Cancer Care’s Younger Women Forum because I wanted to meet other women my age who were going through the same thing as me. The two day course was wonderful, I drew so much strength from hearing other peoples experience and being able to share how I was feeling.

11 years on and I am now a Breast Cancer Care Volunteer and I’m proud to be able to offer other women the kind of support that was so important to me throughout my treatment and beyond.”

MSP George Adam said:

“I will again be running the Paisley 10k, but this year I will be donning the pink of Breast Cancer Care. After meeting with the charity at the Scottish Parliament I was very impressed with the support services they provide for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

“My office will also be entering the race and it’s our hope that we can raise awareness of Breast Cancer Care’s services. We need all the help we can get in crossing that finishing line, so if you see me jog slowly past, and you won’t miss me wearing pink, then please give as much encouragement as you can!”

Sarah Herrett, Area Fundraising Manager for Scotland said, “We are delighted that George has joined Team Breast Cancer Care! His support will help us to increase awareness of the services we provide to people like Kim in his constituency. We are looking for more people to join our team, if you would like to join George at the Paisley 10k on 28th August please call 0141 353 8354 or email gillian.hamilton@breastcancercare.org.uk for your free support pack and running t-shirt”

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