Local businesses in Paisley are calling on Renfrewshire Council to offer free parking in an effort to attract shoppers back to the town centre.

This is a difficult time for all retail businesses, particularly so for businesses in Paisley town centre who have to compete with the proximity of Braehead and Silverburn and the free parking available there. This will soon be compounded by the new retail development in Renfrew Road, which will also offer shoppers free parking.

It’s feared that major infrastructure works being carried out in the town centre will also add to the perception among shoppers that Paisley town centre is inaccessible.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “The Council’s recent decision not to introduce proposed parking charges in Johnstone and Renfrew town centre was a welcome boost to businesses in those town centres.

“Businesses in Paisley town centre are now asking for matching assistance by adjusting parking charges to encourage customers to come into Paisley town centre.

“We believe that Free for Three is the way forward – offering free parking for three hours will allow visitors time to shop, run errands, and grab a bite to eat but will deter commuters who wish to park in Paisley and then take the train elsewhere.”

Paisley First, which represents the town centre businesses and organises events such as Jurassic Bricks and WinterFest, has written to Renfrewshire Council calling for the Free for Three scheme to be introduced.

If you wish to support our campaign, you can write to your local councillor, MSP or MP and you can take part in our Parking Survey. Thank you!