Row sparked over name
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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