Renfrewshire Council has asked Ralston Community Council to make the following information available to Ralston residents.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that from Monday 2 November at 6 am, Renfrewshire is in Covid Protection Level 3.

It is important that everyone in Renfrewshire follows the Level 3 restrictions  to ensure that we can suppress the virus and stop the area moving into Level 4 and more severe restrictions.

Level 3 restrictions include:

  • Do not host people from another household in your home, or visit other people in their home (unless they are in your extended household).
  • You can meet in a maximum group of six people from two households outside (you must physically distance).
  • Schools and nurseries remain open, (with additional safety measures).
  • Only travel for essential reasons (such as work, education, health, outdoor exercise, shared parenting, weddings, funerals, or shopping).
  • Do not travel outside the local authority area for any non-essential reason. Avoid car-sharing and public transport where possible.
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes can remain open until 6pm (with safety measures in place) but no alcohol can be sold.
  • Accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs can remain open, but they should be used by local people only.

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.

Renfrewshire’s Community Safety Partnership has advised residents not to have firework displays or bonfires this year.

Its advice is as follows:

As Bonfire Night approaches, we continue to ask all of our communities to follow the restrictions in place for Renfrewshire to protect ourselves and others.


Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, there will be no organised fireworks display in Renfrewshire this year.


We recognise that people may be tempted to hold their own displays. However, personal displays or bonfires can cause a safety risk if not handled correctly and we would advise that these do not take place this year.


It’s extremely important that we do all we can to keep our communities and fire service safe.

Our Wardens Service will be patrolling known hotspot areas in advance to remove any illegal bonfires being built, as well as working closely with the Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police Scotland on the night of the 5th to support their crews against any anti-social behaviour that they may encounter.

For more information on fireworks and bonfire safety, visit:

There have been several reports of adults’ bikes being stolen and car doors being tried in the Ralston area. There have also been sightings of a white van been slowly driven about in the middle of the night.

Please be vigilant: lock your car doors and make sure your valuables are secure. Please report any suspicious activity to the police.

During the week Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020, between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm,  any Renfrewshire resident aged over 65 who has yet to receive a flu vaccination can have the vaccination at the drop-in clinic at St Mirren Flu Centre, Greenhill Road, PA3 1RU.

That week was being held for rescheduled appointments, but the centre has been so well attended that it now has the capacity to welcome residents on a drop-in basis.

People over 65 can attend the drop-in, whether or not they have received a scheduled appointment letter. The last of the appointment letters will be issued by Friday 30 October. Residents who have not yet received a letter can either drop in any day between Monday and Friday or wait for their scheduled appointment in November. If you have received a letter, please bring it with you as this will help the clinic staff find your details on the system more quickly.

November will be reserved for scheduled appointments only.

More details can be found on the Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership website.

Essential maintenance work will take place overnight on the westbound M8 Junction 26 slip road to Arkleston Road, between 8pm and 6am each night, from Monday 26th October to Tuesday 3rd November 2020. The aim of the work is to resurface the hard shoulder.

The scheme is intended to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the trunk road at this location and to reduce the need for future maintenance.

The work will take place in two phases, with a signed diversion route in operation.

  • PHASE 1: 8pm Monday 26th October – 6am Friday 30th October
    • Overnight Lane Closures with Fast Lane 3 only open
    • M8 Jct 26 Westbound On-slip Closed and
    • Jct 27 Westbound Off Slip Closed
  • PHASE 2: 8pm Monday 2nd November – 6am Tuesday 3rd November
    • Overnight Lane Closures with Hard Shoulder only open,
    • M8 Jct 26 Westbound On-slip Closed and
    • Jct 27 Westbound Off-slip Open

The road will be open as normal outwith these times.

Diverted traffic will leave the M8 at the Junction 26 off-slip road to the A736 Hillington Road and continue to the A761 Paisley Road West. From here, vehicles will follow the diversion to the A726 and on to the A741 Renfrew Road to re-join the westbound M8 at Junction 27.

Kinpurnie Road, Paisley, between house numbers 23 and 33. The closure will be in place on Monday 2nd November from 08:00 to 18:00. This is to allow Openreach works.

Alternative route: Tylney Road, Balfron Road, Penilee Road or vice versa.

Renfrewshire Council has launched a consultation on the proposed creation of biodiversity areas in Renfrewshire.

Because of the need to focus on essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown, grass cutting was paused during the lockdown period and this led to grassed areas growing longer than normal, while at the same time encouraging more wildflowers and wildlife. The council has received positive feedback on these changes and has identified an opportunity to develop new biodiversity areas within its communities. The council wants to create these areas to encourage wildlife to live there and for natural plants and flowers to blossom, and  will be adding to areas where required to improve the way they look and ensure that they can continue to flourish for years to come.

The council’s technical officers have identified and visited a number of proposed biodiversity areas, a maximum of ten in each community, to make assessments based on growing conditions, suitability and prominence of wildflowers and wildlife. The council now wants the local community to read these assessments and decide whether the designated areas are suitable to become biodiversity areas and to let it know any other areas the community believes would be suitable.

Any new biodiversity areas would not be left to grow out of control. They would be maintained and cut at the end of the growing season to increase the variety of insects, plants and wildflowers able to flourish. Where additional biodiversity aids, such as wildflower seeds, are required then these will be added; a number of areas suitable for this have already been identified. If a community decides that an area is not suitable for this treatment, it will be returned to the grass cutting programme.

The council is also asking the community to identify other areas where biodiversity could be encouraged, e.g. road verges, roundabouts, parks, so that it can shape future proposals that support the views of local people.

One of the proposed areas is on the east side of Penilee Road, between School Road and Atholl Crescent, and two are at the east end of Barshaw Park.

To take part in the consultation, go to Renfrewshire Council’s website. The closing date for completing the consultation survey is midnight on Sunday September 13.

An art exhibition will be held in the Barshaw Park Peace Garden on Saturday August 22, from 10 am until 1 pm. The paintings have been done by Peace Garden volunteers, and most of them will be on sale, with the proceeds going to Friends of Barshaw Park

You can see some of the paintings in the exhibition catalogue. Most of them are framed, and the prices range from £10 to £95. If you would like to reserve any of the items, please email Friends of Barshaw Park.


Renfrewshire Council has announced that parking charges in council-owned car parks will be reintroduced on Monday August 17.

Parking charges have been suspended since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March. Residents were advised to stay at home wherever possible, unless they had to make an essential journey for food, medicine or work, and this also meant there were no visitors to the area. Therefore, parking within the council’s car parks was minimal and charges were removed to assist key workers to carry out their role.

In line with the Scottish Government’s route map, travel for exercise and leisure activities is now permitted and there has been a significant rise in the use of the council’s car parks as a result. Therefore, to ensure that there is a turnover of spaces for those who need them, charges will be reintroduced from Monday August 17. Anyone using a council car park will require to purchase a ticket for the length of time they plan to stay and display it clearly in their windscreen.

The parking pilot in six of Paisley town centre’s car parks remains in place and continues to offer the first three hours of parking free of charge at specific times – although a ticket must still be obtained and displayed.

The council’s enforcement officers will be advising motorists in advance of the reintroduction of charges to ensure that no one is unaware and potentially caught out.

More information on the reintroduction of charges, and the Paisley parking pilot, can be found on Renfrewshire Council’s website.

Gartmore Road, Paisley from Hawkhead Road to Alton Road. The closure will be in place on Friday 7th August 2020 between 08:00 and 18:00. This is to allow Open Reach to have crane access to replace a defective pole.

Alternative Route: Newtyle Road, Alton Road, Lanfine Road or vice versa.