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Paisley Development Trust Welcomes George

Paisley Development Trust (PDT) has welcomed George Adam to their new offices on the high Street in Paisley, within the YMCA facilities. Meeting Brian McGuire, one of the directors of PDT, George got to know a bit more about the voluntary organisation. Formed in 2004 to facilitate community renewal through arts and culture, the PDT has organised numerous events promoting the town, the first of which was an exhibition to commemorate the 71 lives that were lost in the Glen Cinema Disaster in 1929.

Speaking on the visit, George said:

‘The PDT is a tremendous organisation with the interest of the town at its heart, which benefits everyone from the town. They have organised many events since their inception and they are currently working on the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, researching and then creating an exhibition about the last mass execution of witches in Western Europe, which took place in Paisley.

‘This voluntary organisation is an example to all of us throughout Scotland with an interest in our local towns and cities, and how to ensure they remain vibrant parts of our community.’

PDT Website

George says ‘Let’s all be positive about Paisley’

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has today commented on two recent articles in the Daily Record and Scotsman respectively.

George said, “Both of these articles have painted a very bleak picture of the Paisley High Street. Both included pictures of what the Scotsman called fake shops. While this is not a time to argue over who is right and who is wrong because we all want our High Street to thrive, I was disappointed by the negativity in both articles.

‘Not mentioned were the tireless efforts of the Renfrewshire Council, especially the Council leader Brian Lawson, who are constantly looking at ways to improve Paisley Town Centre. Groups like the Paisley Development Trust and Paisley.org day in, day out are trying to promote Paisley to attract all kinds of people.

‘While the Town Centre is clearly not as attractive to shoppers as it once was, events are happening to try and attract people into Paisley, who in turn maybe become aware of a shop they never knew was there. The massive success of the Christmas lights turn on, when 37,500 people were in the centre of Paisley may go some way to doing that.

‘To pick up on the so called ‘fake shops’, the use of these signs was a concerted and imaginative effort to try and attract shops to Paisley, and signs are that this may be working. If we look at the Piazza, this is a really success story, through good management and a varied mix of shops, Paisley Buddies seem to really enjoy using this once maligned resource.

‘Essentially, I challenge everyone in Paisley and beyond to be as positive about our town as possible, it may not be easy and there will always be some one trying to put Paisley down, but a positive approach and outlook to Paisley will hopefully change this town’s fortunes and encourage Buddies, shoppers and shops to come to our great and historic town.”

Link to the Scotsman Story

Link to the Daily Record Story

George Praises ‘Paisley on the Web’

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, recently visited the offices of Paisley.org in the High Street in Paisley, responsible for ‘Paisley on the Web’. The organisation was established by Brian McGuire to promote community groups and other organisations to show the best of Paisley, its facilities, businesses and events. The group also offers website design, marketing, photography and IT support for organisations and businesses throughout Paisley.

Speaking on his visit, George said:

‘I am delighted to visit the offices of Paisley.org, another example of the
spirit in Paisley, determined to make a difference in the town in a positive way. Many people forget what the town has to offer, with great buildings and architecture, combined with the history of the town and the commercial opportunities available.

‘I have been keeping track of Paisley.org and I can’t help but be impressed with the positive vision and promotion of Paisley that this website provides. For an organisation of volunteers to work positively for Paisley shows the pride that Buddies have for the town. This demonstrates a truly different attitude and work ethic, to do something for the town, when others find it too easy to sit back and criticise, with no solutions to the challenges we all face. Paisley.org truly is Paisley on the web.

‘I would also like to draw everyone’s attention to Paisley.org’s application for funding through the RBS Community Force fund. You can vote for ‘Paisley on the Web’ at http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208.

Paisley.org – www.paisley.org.uk