Row sparked over name

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past -

A new move was made to get the name of Ren­frew Dis­trict Coun­cil changed to Pais­ley Dis­trict Coun­cil, we re­ported in Septem­ber 1979.

The call came from Kather­ine Adams, Labour can­di­date in what was the forth­com­ing Strath­clyde Re­gional Coun­cil by-elec­tion in Craigielea.

She said:“It’s time Pais­ley re­asserted it­self as it is by far the largest part of Ren­frew Dis­trict.”

Mr Adams was the wife of Pais­ley MP Allen Adams, who gave up the Craigielea di­vi­sion to Westminster.

She hit out:“It was out­ra­geous of the Tory Gov­ern­ment at re­or­gan­i­sa­tion to re­name it Ren­frew.

“At the time, Pais­ley Town Coun­cil, of which I was a mem­ber, urged the Sec­re­tary of State to call the coun­cil Pais­ley Dis­trict Coun­cil.”

She said she was res­ur­rect­ing the is­sue be­cause of the an­nounce­ment by Home Af­fairs min­is­ter Mal­colm Rifkind that leg­is­la­tion would soon be passed de­volv­ing more power to Scot­tish local au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing the per­mis­sion to change their names.

“I hope when Labour win power in May they will change the name to Pais­ley,”she said.

At the same time, she in­sisted Mr Rifkind’s an­nounce­ment was an at­tempt to dis­tract pub­lic at­ten­tion from the grave eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

She said peo­ple were con­fused when coun­cil­lors said they sat on Ren­frew Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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