Communities will have the chance to shape a regeneration programme for Ferguslie Park at consultation events to be held in the next week.

In February councillors approved initial proposals for major investment in the area. These are focussed around the development of a regional centre for sport and the delivery of high quality homes.

The plans have been shaped by community consultation undertaken by Renfrewshire Council in summer 2016, which indicated strong support for the sports facility and targeted housing investment.

The latest consultation events will enable further discussion with the local community and help inform finalised plans.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Renfrewshire Council’s convener of housing, said: “The regeneration of Ferguslie Park is a priority for the council.

“I’m delighted that the local community has played such a key role in shaping our plans to date and we are keen that this continues.

“So far the plans have been developed to reflect the views expressed at our consultation events in summer 2016.

“To help develop these in more detail, I would urge everyone to take part in this consultation so that the final proposals we ultimately take forward continue to reflect local people’s vision for their community.”

In a precious statement Renfrewshire SNP Group Leader Councillor Kenny MacLaren said: “There are some serious concerns about this proposal.  According to the report which will be discussed at next week’s leadership board, 204 houses are to be demolished (including 183 council properties and 21 private homes) and replaced with only 40 new houses.

“There is still very limited detail on the new Regional Sports Facility – so far only the council has put aside funding for this, funding that may be better used improving existing roads and other facilities in the area.

“The report mentions support within the community for this plan – but that’s not what I heard at the community event held in St Mirren Park.  There is also the perception that everyone was to get a new house from this deal – so I think a lot of the community will be surprised when they hear that over 200 houses will be demolished and replaced by only 40 properties.

“Only Labour could destroy hundreds of houses, replace them with a minor amount and call it regeneration.  A significant number of the people who will be losing their homes have stayed in this area for over 10 years and there will not even be enough new homes to cater for them.

The state-of-the-art sports facility will create a focus for local communities and generate opportunities for jobs, health improvement and activities for young people, as well as attracting visitors from across Renfrewshire and further afield.

It is expected to include a range of indoor and outdoor pitches for football, rugby and hockey as well as a specialist sports clinic, conditioning suite and associated changing facilities.

Initial proposals in relation to the sports facility, which is estimated to involve investment in the region of £14 million, have been developed in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland and St Mirren FC.

Proposals for housing investment relate to the Tannahill Road and Tannahill Terrace area of Ferguslie Park.

These involve investing in existing stock, the demolition of low demand and vacant properties and the development of a small number of new affordable homes.

The first of the two consultation events will take place on Thursday 2 March at St Mirren Paisley 2021 Stadium, from 3pm to 7pm.

A second event will be held on Tuesday 7th March at the Tannahill Centre from 12 noon to 3pm.