Johnstone Town Centre is set for a festive boost after £40,000 were secured to create a new Christmas lights display in the town’s Houston Square.

With an order already placed to install a design agreed with Johnstone Community Council and local councillors, the work will be done in time for Christmas.

Welcoming the news, town centre SNP Councillor Emma Rodden told Renfrewshire News: “This will be a shot in the arm for the High Street and the town centre as a whole. The Christmas lights display has been a bit underwhelming for a few years now and was really in need of an upgrade.

“The community council and area Councillors worked to come up with a design, and it was then up to councillors to go away and locate the funding.”

“We put in an application to the Town Centre fund recently announced by Nicola Sturgeon, and I’m delighted to say we were successful. The Scottish government’s Town Centre funding was there at the right moment to make this happen.”

She added: “We all know the pressures High Streets across the world are facing under present conditions. Anything which can be done to help keep local business going has to be good news.”

“Credit to all those who put together the design, and I hope they and everyone else will enjoy the finished results when the lights are up.”

Iain Mcmillan from Johnstone Community Council said, via the groups Facebook page: “Renfrewshire Council has decided to allocate 40,000 pounds to improve the Christmas lights in Johnstone Town Centre.

” We at the Community Council are delighted with this news. We have been campaigning for several years to get improvements to our Christmas lights and are proud that this work has now paid off.

” Thanks to everyone at Renfrewshire Council for listening to us and making this happen. We are certain that the people of Johnstone will be looking forward to seeing the results.”

The Christmas lights will be part of ongoing work to enhance Houston Square in order to attract people to the area. The normal street lighting will be improved, the bandstand renovated and a modern power supply installed to allow events – when such things are allowed again – to take place.