Councillors welcome funding for local parks

SNP Councillors Kenny & Mags MacLaren have welcomed the decision of the Communities, Housing & Planning policy board to award grants to local community groups including the Friends of West Primary and Paisley West and Central Community Council.

The Friends of West Primary have been awarded £40,000 from the council’s Greenspaces Fund to improve Maxwellton Park and the neighbouring Sensory Garden. The play area is especially popular with local children that attend two local schools and a nursery. The Sensory garden was a relaxing place for walkers. However, both places needed some work and volunteers from the Friends of West Primary and other local groups have helped to clean up the area. The grant will help upgrade the play park with eight new pieces of equipment. A further fundraising effort is taking place in partnership with Engage Renfrewshire to improve this area.

Paisley West and Central Community Council have been awarded £49,000 from the same fund to instal a green gym in Ferguslie Gardens. This much loved but often underused park will benefit from the new equipment, attracting more locals and visitors to the area.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren said:

“We were happy to approve the grants for both these projects. It’s great to see investment in local parks and gardens.

Paisley West and Central Community Council have been an exemplar of a community council that is active and works with everyone to promote their area. They have held various successful events including using the Ferguslie Gardens for open days and this development will make the Gardens more attractive to locals and visitors alike.”

Councillor Mags MacLaren added:

“The Friends of West Primary – along with their partners – have done well in tidying up the play area and the sensory garden. They have ambitious plans for both areas and this funding will go a long way to making those plans come to life.

“It’s great that they are also working with Engage Renfrewshire to look for other funding sources to complete their renovation of both areas.”