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7m revamp approved for Paisley
Paisley town centre
It is estimated that Paisley needs 50m of private investment
A 7m project to regenerate Scotland's largest town centre has been approved by Renfrewshire Council.

The five-year funding plan for Paisley includes the purchase of key sites, community safety initiatives and grants to encourage private investment.

It follows a major report, published in August, which warned retail could fail to recover after decades of decline.

There was concern that Pollok's new Silverburn Centre and Braehead would hit Paisley's trade even further.

The regeneration group, Paisley Vision Board, said private investment of 50m was needed with 10m from the public purse to revitalise the town centre.

The council has already started work to implement the study's recommendations including work to clean up the River Cart and graffiti removal.

Councillor Mark McMillan, said: "This action plan is about using our resources carefully to ensure the maximum impact and benefit for Paisley town centre.

"The administration of Renfrewshire Council has put its money where its mouth is and shown a true commitment to the future of the town.

"We now call upon the Scottish Executive and its agencies to support this investment by the council".

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