26 April 2010

‘Name a Development’ Competition

BUDDIES are being given the chance to name the new £14 million development that will help revitalise Paisley town centre.

A prize of £250 awaits the person who wins the competition to find a name for the new housing and commercial development on the site of the former council HQ in Cotton Street, which is presently being demolished.

The Paisley Daily Express has teamed up with Renfrewshire Council and Westpoint Homes to offer a £250 first prize and four £50 runners-up prizes in the competition.

And the winner will be a guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the development.

The site of the new development dates back to the 12th century when Paisley Abbey was founded. It formed part of the Abbey lands, on which stood a complex of buildings including a granary, stables, brew house, bake house, dairy, infirmary, the Abbot’s house, monks’ dormitory and a chapter house where the monks held meetings and listened to readings from the Bible and other religious books.

Prior to the former council headquarters being built, the area was mainly tenement housing and included well-known Paisley streets, which no longer exist such as Thread Street and Abbey Street.

And it’s from the rich history of that area that it’s hoped the new name will come from.

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Derek Mackay says: “The history of this area dates back to when Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 and I think it’s important we never forget Paisley’s proud heritage.

“The name of the new housing development at Cotton Street should reflect that rich vein of culture and history. There should certainly be no shortage of ideas as this area has seen many landmarks in the history of the town.”

Paisley Daily Express editor, Anne Dalrymple said: “As Paisley’s daily newspaper we reflect what is presently happening in the town when it happens. But we are also proud to be able to show readers, through words and pictures, the rich heritage our town has.

“It’s an excellent way to stimulate interest in Paisley’s heritage to have this competition to name the new development and have that name come from a historical theme.”

Westpoint Homes’ Development Director said: “Given the site’s strategic importance and landmark nature, we feel that there is considerable merit in engaging the wider community in Paisley to participate in the naming of this prestigious site.

“There is so much history to the area and people will have their own ideas about an appropriate name and brand that will stand the test of time.

“We are committed to engaging the community throughout this project and this competition allows local people to get involved right from the start.”

Following demolition, the first phase of the new development will begin in late Spring with the creation of 30 two-bedroom affordable homes delivered by Westpoint Homes in partnership with the Link Group housing organisation.

Log on to www.seepaisley.com for more information about the history of the area around the Abbey

To enter the competition, send your suggestion for a name for the new housing development in Cotton Street to Paisley Daily Express, 14 New Street, Paisley PA1 1YA. Closing date for entries is…..

Also folks, do you have any memories of growing up in the Cotton Street/Thread Street/Abbey Street area of Paisley? If you do, we’d like to share them with our readers. Contact us at the above address; email [email protected] or phone our editorial department on 0141 887 7911.