Blooming Marvellous !

A job well done as CGC sends in a squad of workers to transform a senior citizens’ garden for FREE

October 10 2017

SENIOR citizens at a Paisley housing complex are celebrating after a construction firm came to their rescue.

Residents at the complex in Barrhead Road discovered their pathways needed widened to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

So City Gate Construction based in MacDowall Street answered their call for help – and did it all for FREE.

The firm carried out original work some time ago to create a patio area at the Renfrewshire Council-run development for which it was paid.

But when CGC heard there was a need to help residents negotiate gates and pathways due to increasing use of wheelchairs and scooters, CGC told the residents: ”Hang on to your money – we’ll do it for free!”

CGC sent a squad of workers into the development known as “amenity housing” which offers people in later life the benefit of independent living.

For five days workers installed new concrete slabs to widen the paths, added a border of decorative chips, created a new area for flowers to be planted and will soon erect a bird table which the residents bought themselves.

Now the residents – some who also use sticks in addition to wheelchairs and mobility scooters –  can negotiate the pathways and gate to the development with ease.

Resident Ian Kennedy who is active in the local residents’ organisation known as the “Cotton Club” – so named in recognition of Paisley’s rich heritage – said: “We can hardly believe the transformation to our pathways which will make it so easy for wheelchairs to use.

“We cant thank CGC enough for what has been done to make life easier for people living here. To have this work done for free was a generous offer which every single one of us appreciate.”

Fellow resident Dave Thomas who has just taken delivery of a shiny new mobility scooter added: “This is sensational. Widening the paths helps me with my new scooter. Being brand new I’m keen not to damage it! The new slabs at the gate and on paths allows easier access for me.”

CGC used five tonnes of slabs and shifted a huge amount of earth where shrubs will appear in the spring. The decorative chips bring a striking and neat finish to the work. CGC used thirty slabs, 5 tonnes of decorative chips and removed almost 10 tonnes of soil. Some of the soil was reused to form a new planting area.

CGC Director Ronnie McDowell said: “We were only too pleased to help. It essential for those in later life to keep healthy and active. The last thing we wanted was for anyone with mobility issues not to be able to get out and about.

“When we heard the Barrhead Road residents needed help we sprung into action. There was never any question of us charging for this work. Doing it for free meant the residents could keep their funds for things that make life better for them.

“We are delighted they are happy with the job and wish them much enjoyment of their improved garden.

“As a proud Paisley business we completely understand there will be occasions when we have to help others and there can be no more worthy recipients of that help than senior citizens enjoying active, happy lives.”

CGC Contracts Manager Andy Watson added: “We’re glad everyone is happy. We got reasonably good weather to do the work which made a difference and it was completed on time. The garden and the improved pathways are looking great. I was very happy with the team which carried out the works.”

Earlier this year CGC was named as Renfrewshire’s Employer of the year in the Provost’s Community Awards – described by CGC as a “greatly-appreciated civic honour.”

It already has a strong tack record on helping senior citizens after launching “Afternoon Tea with CGC” in January. This initiative saw CGC give money to housing associations to run afternoon tea events to fight loneliness and isolation among older and vulnerable tenants.

It was an instant hit and several Renfrewshire housing associations have held their afternoon tea events.