Ferguslie Park is no longer the most deprived area in Scotland, statistics by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) have revealed today.
Renfrewshire Council and community organisations are teaming together to help change perceptions of the Ferguslie area and meet the needs of local residents.
The new plan will explore ideas on how to support local communities, use vacant land, and enhance green spaces in the area.
The work first began with Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture and will continue with projects designed to help reduce social isolation, such as a scheme by Castlehead High in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art to use creativity to help provide opportunities.
Iain Nicolson, council leader, said: “People in Ferguslie have been a strong force for change in the area, and this new plan will be led by their ideas of what will make their community thrive.
“The community have already said that the SIMD results do not define them, and they’ve been leading the changes taking place across the area.
“The plan will capture how the community want to develop the area with the necessary amenities and infrastructure to support their ambitions for Ferguslie.
“It will also build on cultural and industrial history and look at how perceptions of Ferguslie can be turned around and transforming the area into a desirable one to live, work and visit.”
John MacIntyre, chairperson of Ferguslie Community Council, added: “This is clear evidence that we do not deserve the tag of most deprived estate in Scotland. It’s time to praise the community efforts and actions taken over many years, in bringing Ferguslie Park out of the statistical disadvantage it has suffered too long from.”
Charity ‘Pals of the Privies’, who want to see the revival of Glencoats Park, received £50,000 from the council to invest in local green spaces, and £20,000 from the children’s charity Wooden Spoon for Glencoats Park play area.
Councillor Nicolson added: “Ferguslie is leading the way in its own transformation, and the council will continue to work with them to transform the area.
By Michelle Woods