The yew tree at the side of St Mark’s Church has a new set of Christmas lights. Thanks are due to Renfrewshire Council for purchasing and installing the lights.

The first issue of the new Ralston Community Council Newsletter will be delivered to Ralston residents this week. Some of the things you can look forward to are:

  • Tales of Local Heroes – who would you like to recognise in the next issue?
  • A card you can use to offer help to those who might need it this winter
  • Information about our community council, and how you can get involved
  • Information about things happening in our community
  • A recipe for a delicious festive treat
  • A kids’ drawing competition.
  • Corny Christmas jokes
  • A variety of puzzles
  • And much, much more.

Additional copies of the newsletter will be available in the Penilee Road Corner Shop and an electronic version is available on the website.

From Monday 11th January, Seedhill Road will be closed at its junction with Mill Street for approximately three months.

From Monday 8th February, the southbound carriageway of Mill Street will be closed at its junction with Seedhill Road for around two months. Traffic will be diverted onto a contraflow on the northbound carriageway during this time.

These closures are to allow upgrades to a combined sewer overflow (a sewer which is designed to spill in storm conditions and allowed to do so under SEPA regulations) in Mill Street and improvements to the waste water infrastructure in Seedhill Road. This work is part of Scottish Water’s £3.5m investment to help improve the water quality and natural environment in the White Cart Water.

More information is available on the Scottish Water website.


The Scottish Government has confirmed that, from Friday 20 November at 6pm, Renfrewshire will be in Covid Protection Level 4. These measures will last for three weeks until Friday 11 December.

Essential council services are still operating during the Level 4 restrictions.

The key restrictions are summarised below. Full details can be found at

Level 4 restrictions include:

  • At this time, you should not host people from any other household in your home or visit people you do not live with in their home, no matter where that is – unless they are in your extended household.
  • You can continue to meet in a maximum group of six people from two households outside – although you must follow physical distancing.
  • Schools and nurseries remain open, but with additional safety measures in place
  • You can travel only for essential reasons and this will become law from Friday 20 November, so please do not travel outside our local authority area for any non-essential reason – and avoid car-sharing and public transport where possible.
  • Pubs, restaurants, cafes, close-contact retail such as hairdressers and beauty services, leisure and entertainment premises, and non-essential retail shops are closed in level 4.
  • Essential shops, such as supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

Follow the FACTS advice at all times to keep yourself and others safe.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, book a test immediately and self-isolate while you wait for the results.

If you are contacted by Test and Protect, follow their instructions and self-isolate for the period requested.

For full details on the restrictions in Renfrewshire, visit

For further Coronavirus health advice, visit

If anyone doesn’t have internet access, they can call Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 0230 for support.