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Paisley MSP George Adam wrongly threatened with Sheriff Officers over unpaid bill mix-up

Mr Adam was accused of not paying a £400 levy

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Paisley MSP George Adam revealed he has been threatened with Sheriff Officers being sent to his town centre office.

The warning was issued by Renfrewshire Council on behalf of Paisley First amid claims he had failed to cough up a £400 levy — despite it being paid in May.

Mr Adam laughed off the threat regarding his Johnston Street office and said: “The letter has been signed by Alan Russell as director of finance and resources, and I know him well from my time at the council.

“He’s a good guy.

“I don’t know how this has happened. I have no idea, but I have received two letters saying I have not made payment of the required instalment for BID — Business Improvement District — with the second saying that unless payment was made within 14 days, then they will apply to Sheriff Officers for the recovery of any payments.

“My office manager, David McCartney, has been trying to sort this out, but nothing has been resolved.

“I find it all really funny.

“The bill was paid by the Scottish Parliament as a matter of course, because there are office expenses for the basics such as water, electricity, heating and this levy.

“So my office is basically a little piece of Parliament in Paisley.

“It is an extension of Parliament and non-political with no party posters, or anything like that.

“In fact, I wonder if it is actually legal for Sheriff Officers to carry out any action on Parliament. I must check that out.”

£20,000 to Kickstart Town Improvement

George outside Paisley AbbeyThe Scottish Government has awarded Paisley £20,000 to support the development of a Business Improvement District (BID). The purpose of a BID is to benefit and contribute to economic growth within a local area. Businesses within the BID can work together, reducing costs, investing in risks and creating opportunities to grow business, improving the economic prospects of the BID economic area.
 
Speaking on the award, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:
 
‘I am delighted that my colleague, Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government, has announced this funding for the development of Paisley’s BID project.

‘I have been involved for some time now with the BID proposals with interested business people in Paisley, and to get this funding to take their ideas to the next stage is fantastic.

‘There are a lot of people involved in this BID proposal, business people, yes, but they have something more to offer. They have Paisley and the betterment of the town at their heart. This is something you just can’t buy.

‘I look forward to the BIDs project going to the next stage and I for one will be backing them all the way.’