Arts festival set to hit the airwaves as radio station handed cash boost

The Lochwinnoch Arts Festival has been handed a “boost” after council chiefs agreed to help Paisley FM’s signal reach the village for coverage of the popular occasion.

A grant of £3,581 will be awarded to the independent radio station to allow the team to purchase a signal booster, which will help them promote the events on the bill in future years.

The cash will come from the council’s Greenspaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund.

Festival organisers and the Lochwinnoch Choral Society had previously approached the radio team to request promotion of their events, but it emerged the station could not reach the areas due to there being no available signal.

Councillor Andy Doig, who represents Lochwinnoch and was a former radio news presenter, has welcomed the cash injection and said the partnership has “great potential”.

“Lochwinnoch Arts Festival and the Lochwinnoch Choral Society had asked the station to promote their events but, on investigation, the Paisley FM signal could not reach the villages,” said the Independent councillor.

“Through the Villages Investment Fund, these monies have been granted so my constituents in Kilbarchan, Howwood, and Lochwinnoch, can listen to a Renfrewshire-wide radio station.

“This can only be a positive development for both Paisley FM and the villages.

“In the early 1990s, I was a radio news reporter for both Central FM in Stirling and Moray Firth Radio in Inverness, so I really value radio as a medium and look forward to Paisley FM covering events in the villages like the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.

“I can see great potential in this new creative partnership between Paisley FM and arts and cultural groups.”

Councillors on the Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board will also decide at a meeting tomorrow whether to grant Erskine Youth Council £50,000 from the fund to allow the group to develop a new play and activities facility in the town.

Until 2017, youngsters had access to a multi-use games area (MUGA) close to St John Bosco and Bargarren primaries, but this was controversially removed to facilitate a new joint school campus.

The group has worked to design a new play area which would feature equipment not previously seen in Renfrewshire public parks – such as an interactive DJ booth and dance floor – and it is hoped this grant would ensure the idea becomes a reality.

Elderslie Community Council is also set to benefit from a £2,790 boost for a variety of improvement projects.

A total of £1,400 will go towards commissioning a mural in the village, which will celebrate the village’s old train station.

Meanwhile, £1,145 will help members arrange for the installation of outdoor seating in Stoddard Square.

A further £245 will be awarded to give the damaged goalposts on the free Glenpatrick community pitches a fresh lick of paint.

Daily Record – Paisley