Seedhill Road, Paisley from its junction with Mill Street to Cochran Street.

This section of Seedhill Road has been closed since 11th January, 2021. It was originally planned that it would reopen on Friday 16th April, 2021, but the closure date has now been extended until Wednesday 21st April, 2021.

Closure dates: Friday 16th April until Wednesday 21st April, 2021.

Reason for Restriction: Scottish Water works.

Alternative routes:

Northbound on Mill Street – Mill Street, Glasgow Road, Kilnside Road.

Southbound on Mill Street – Mill Street, Lonend, Barrhead Road, Hawkhead Road.

Westbound on Seedhill Road – Kilnside Road, Glasgow Road, Mill Street.

 

Glasgow Road, Paisley, from Lacy Street to Crossflat Crescent, westbound only (i.e. towards Paisley town centre). The closure will be in place from Monday 12th April to Sunday 18th April, 2021. This is to allow resurfacing work. Emergency and limited local access will be maintained.

Alternative route: Hawkhead Road, Barrhead Road, Lonend, Mill Street.

 

Glasgow Road, Paisley, from Whitehaugh Drive to Lacy Street, westbound only (i.e. towards Paisley town centre). The closure will be in place from Tuesday 6th April to Sunday 11th April, 2021. This is to allow resurfacing work.

Alternative route: Hawkhead Road, Barrhead Road, Lonend, Mill Street.

 

All Renfrewshire libraries, including Ralston Library, are closed at the moment because of coronavirus restrictions. However Renfrewshire Libraries have recently launched a home delivery service, which will operate until the libraries are able to open again. The service is available to:

  • anyone over 70 years of age
  • anyone with a disability or medical condition which limits their ability to leave their home
  • pre-school or school age children (primary and secondary)

To make use of this service, you first have to register as a Delivery Service customer by phoning 0300 300 1188 or emailing libraries@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Books can be ordered online on the Renfrewshire Libraries website, by phoning 0300 300 1188 or by emailing libraries@renfrewshire.gov.uk. You can select individual books or ask for a selection by a particular author or of a particular genre or theme.  Books ordered by Ralston residents are delivered on Tuesday mornings.

More details can be found on the Renfrewshire Libraries website.

 

Renfrewshire Council is making improvements to its grass cutting programme from 5 April 2021. It will be changing the way it cuts our grassed areas, open spaces, school playing fields, public parks, and cemeteries, as well as how it provides its grass cutting assistance scheme for council house tenants.

Previously the council’s teams worked separately to deliver these services, but its new approach brings them together to coordinate the delivery of the service and tackle local areas at the same time. This will increase the frequency of grass cutting Renfrewshire’s communities receive. The teams will now work to a 14-day cycle and will tackle a different area each day, although they will return to finish any sections they weren’t able to complete the previous day.

The grass in Ralston will be cut on the second Friday of the fortnightly cycle, starting on Friday April 16.

The full fortnightly timetable is shown below. This information is also available on the Renfrewshire Council website, where you can see an interactive map. This allows you to input your postcode to confirm which area you fall under and to see the schedule.

Hedge cutting will continue to be provided twice a year and will operate in line with the new grass cutting model, with communities seeing their first cut between mid-May and mid-July and their second cut between mid-August and the end of September.

If you have any questions, you can email the council’s Environment & Infrastructure department.

Fortnightly timetable

Week1 (from 5 April 2021, then every two weeks)

Monday
Renfrew – Arkleston, Moorpark, Newmains, Dean Park, Town Centre
Tuesday
Renfrew North – Blythswood, Kirklandneuk; Inchinnan; Bishopton
Wednesday
Erskine; Langbank; Houston; Crosslee; Craigends
Thursday
Bridge of Weir; Kilbarchan; Brookfield; Howwood; Lochwinnoch
Friday
Johnstone West – Corseford, Spateston, Milliken Park, Cartside, Quarellton, Cochrane Castle
Saturday
Johnstone – Johnstone Castle, Town Centre, Johnstone East; Elderslie
Sunday
Linwood; Ferguslie Park

Week 2 (from 12 April 2021, then every two weeks)

Monday
Paisley South – Foxbar
Tuesday
Paisley Town Centre; Paisley South – Brediland, Meikleriggs, Lounsdale
Wednesday
Paisley South – Glenburn
Thursday
Paisley South East – Castlehead, Hunterhill, Todholm, Lochfield, Charleston
Friday
Paisley East – Dykebar, Hawkhead, Seedhill, Williamsburgh, Whitehaugh, Ralston
Saturday
Paisley North – Gallowhill, Shortroods
Sunday
Paisley – West End

There are an estimated 700,000 people in Scotland who care for a friend, family member or neighbour affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, frailty or substance misuse.

If you are aged 16 or over and provide face-to-face care for family or friends who need extra support, you are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

You are eligible to register for vaccination at this stage if all of the following apply:

  • you are aged 16 to 64 years old
  • you provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours
  • the care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work
  • if caring for someone under 18, they are affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, developmental condition or substance misuse
  • you have not already received your first coronavirus vaccination

More information and registration instructions can be found on the NHS inform website.

 

Because of this week’s weather conditions, the brown bin collection scheduled for Ralston on February 11 has been cancelled. Residents should take in their brown bins and re-present them on the next scheduled collection day, which is Thursday February 25.

All of Renfrewshire’s waste collection services have been affected by the weather conditions. To ensure the council can collect as many bins as possible, food bin and brown bin collections have been cancelled for the rest of this week and will resume on Saturday if possible. This will allow the council’s crews to catch up on the missed collections which occurred because of safe access issues and the extra time it takes to move full bins in thick snow.

 

Renfrewshire Council has been awarded match funding from Sustrans’ Paths for All fund for a “Smarter Choices, Smarter Places” project which will investigate the potential for using a smartphone app provided by the organisation BetterPoints Ltd.

The app challenges people to carry out their journeys through sustainable methods of transport, i.e. on foot, by cycling or on public transport, with the aim of reducing the level of carbon emissions created in Renfrewshire. The more green journeys they carry out, the more points they receive and these can be exchanged for discounts at local businesses and other rewards which would be set out at the beginning of the project.

The purpose of the app is to motivate people to make positive changes to their behaviour by travelling more sustainably and to live healthy lives – something which is incredibly important as we continue in the current pandemic.

Background

Renfrewshire Council is pursuing a programme of sustainable transport strategy initiatives in Renfrewshire, including segregated walking and cycling routes, real-time bus passenger information screens, bus priority measures and pedestrian-friendly road junction redesigns to increase the active travel options available to its population.

In light of the council’s declaration of a climate emergency in June 2019, it wants to investigate if the Better Points app would motivate and reward people for travelling more sustainably as this could contribute to its pledge to make Renfrewshire carbon neutral by 2030.

The app would be used by the general public and also by the council’s our staff members as it wants to encourage its teams to stay active and look after their health and wellbeing, particularly when the majority of staff are working from home.

What should you do?

The council’s consultant has created an online survey to see if the Better Points system could work for people in Renfrewshire. The more responses that are received, the more tailored the system would become and the greater the chance of it being a success. Therefore, the council asks that you complete the Better Points survey.

More information about the survey can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website.

The survey will close on Friday 26 February 2021.

If you have any problems in submitting your response, please email ei@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

 

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.