Paisley Daily Express

Get tested to stop the spread


Renfrewshi­re is currently staying in level two coronaviru­s restrictio­ns due to increasing rates of Covid-19 in local communitie­s.

It’s important we do everything we can to minimise the spread of this virus and I’d encourage everyone to follow the national FACTS guidance – wear a face covering if you can, avoid crowds and keep your distance from other people you are not meeting up with.

I’d also encourage everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Kirklandne­uk and Renfrew to get tested.

You can book a test at www.­s-test if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have no symptoms.

The new bridge over the Black Cart river has been installed and I hope it helps more people to enjoy Renfrewshi­re’s great outdoors and excellent walking and cycling routes when it opens later this year.

The bridge was funded by UK and Scottish government­s as part of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project in the £1.13billion Glasgow

City Region City Deal and charity Sustrans Scotland through its Places for Everyone programme.

In Erskine, we’ve planted 1,000 trees in Barwood Park as part of the new Clyde Climate Forest initiative by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network.

These trees are one of the first of around 18 million trees that will be planted over the next decade across the eight local authoritie­s and will be a huge boost in our drive to tackle climate change.

A little down the road, the new Bargarran play park is being hailed as the ‘most innovative play area in Scotland’.

The interactiv­e play equipment, such as DJ booths, gaming screens and a zip wire, were requested from young people in the consultati­on run by Erskine Youth Council and it’s great to see their ideas come to life.

The Summer Clean, which is part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘Million Mile Mission’ to litter pick a million miles across the UK this year, is well underway in Renfrewshi­re.

Our volunteers have already clocked up more than 20,000 miles in the first week and

I’d like to thank them for doing their part to keep our communitie­s free of litter.

Team Up to Clean Up has been a great success since it was brought in by my SNP administra­tion.

If you can take part, I’d encourage you to join our Facebook group (www. teamuptocl­eanup) to ask for the tools you need.

It’s also good to see children enjoy three new purpose-built nurseries that are now open in Houston, Kirklandne­uk and Lochfield.

It is part of delivering 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare to all eligible children by this August .

Work has started to build a 101 new council homes in Ferguslie Park.

Contractor­s AS Homes are building the homes on the former St Fergus Primary School site and tenants can expected to move into the new homes by the end of 2022.

Finally, our work to tackle the impact of alcohol and drugs on people’s lives featured in the latest Holyrood magazine.

People who use alcohol and drugs face significan­t mental health needs and we continue to work with NHS colleagues and third sector organisati­ons to build the support structures they need.

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Forming new woodland Iain Nicolson in Barwood Park

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