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Paisley public invited to help shape the town’s transformation

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Renfrewshire Council are to host two open consultation events to allow the public to have a say in a £10m programme designed to bring a range of improvements to Paisley. 

Paisley town centre’s key outdoor spaces are to be transformed in an attempt to drive new footfall and life to the town centre, while creating a more attractive place for residents and visitors to spend their time. 

Two consultation events, open to residents and businesses, will be held in the Paisley.is office at 5a High Street, Paisley on Tuesday 14 March and Saturday 16 march and will have council staff on hand to take comments to help shape the plans. 

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We want to bring new life to Paisley’s day and night-time economies by making the town centre easier to reach and get around, and by creating spaces in which residents, workers, students and visitors will want to spend time and money. 

“The public events will allow everyone with an interest in Paisley’s ongoing revival to have the chance to help shape what happens next.” 

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Paisley’s County Square. Photo credit: Thomas Nugent

The programme aims to expand the space around the Paisley Abbey and town hall to allow for more space for events and create a more inviting place for people to gather, redesign Paisley’s gateway County Square, creating a place where café culture can thrive. 

The Council also aims to improve traffic and pedestrian flow and road safety at a number of key town centre road junctions and remove the perceived barrier of the ring road. 

“It’s important to remember the role of town centres everywhere has changed forever.” Said Nicholson. “We can’t turn the clock back but we can use what sets us apart – in our case, stunning buildings and a unique cultural and heritage story – to give people new reasons to come here. 

“We also want to stress that Paisley will remain open for business while the work is happening – and we want to know how best we can work with you to keep the town moving during construction.” 

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