Paisley: Your Home, Your Street, Our Community

Renfrewshire council has completed its survey from the people of Paisley, which took responses from 640 residents.
The surveys took place in Paisleys town centre and investigated ‘how residents and businesses feel about the town centre now.’
Residents raised issues such as safety at night, intimidating groups, violent crime and other behaviour.
Chief Superintendent Alan Murray, Divisional Commander of Police Scotland Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Division, said: “We want local residents, businesses and visitors to Paisley town centre to play an active part in highlighting and addressing safety concerns within this community.
“By working together, we are aiming to improve services, reduce crime and provide a safe and pleasant environment for members of the public coming into the town centre.”
As a result of the survey, Renfrewshire council has increased police patrols and mobile CCTV activity in the centre.
They have also met with retailers to start a dialogue on the sales of alcohol and fireworks and held an open day for young people to showcase activities and clubs.
A ‘safe bus’ has also been introduced to the town centre, there people who are at risk from alcohol, victims of crime and those in emotional distress can find refuge.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “This programme has been successful across Renfrewshire already and we’re confident we will see similar results within Paisley town centre as we work together to make the area safer.
“While we won’t completely solve every issue in six weeks, we will certainly make a positive difference to the town centre and ensure that is a safer, more welcoming place for people to live, work and visit and we’ll support the community to continue the improvements once the intervention period is over.”

 

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