-to recognise Paisley's strengths in that it has a large catchment, a substantial business base, a thriving university, proximity to the airport and M8, handsome town-centre buildings and an existing retail base to build on.
-to acknowledge that the retail sector will never return to what it was. It may continue to shrink and consolidate, but that it is crucial to provide high-quality housing, encourage more students to live in town, to develop more business space and to nurture the creative community in order to establish a stable and affluent future.
-investment needs to be spent in the town centre with some £10 million from the public purse. The public funding would act as a catalyst for private sector investment. Investment at this level will generate at least 2,000 new jobs.
The report, dated July 2006, can be downloaded from the Renfrewshire Council website at
www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ilwwcm/publishing.nsf/Content/pt-as-PaisleyVisionBoard as well as later Action Plan Reports.
“We want to diversify what happens in the town centre and get away from the idea that you only come into the town centre to shop. We want a more contemporary town centre where more people live, socialise and work and there are a different range of events."
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