Community hall fees too costly
Foxbar Community Centre was described as a“white elephant” because hiring fees were excessive, we reported in September 1983.
The hard-hitting comment came from Niall McGlone, secretary of Foxbar Tenant’s Association.
He hit out:“Having to fork out up to £20 a time to hire the place for community activities is an absolute disgrace.
“Like other groups, we simply can’t afford this kind of cash.”
And Mr McGlone, of Maree Road, revealed that, because of the charges involved, plans by the association to create more badlyneeded activities at the Amochrie Road centre had to be shelved.
“We want to organise a number of get-togethers like a youth club, bingo nights, sewing bees or whatever Foxbar people might want,”he said.
“But these hiring charges make sound ideas like this financially impossible.
“It’s no wonder the building is seldom used and, in my opinion, has become a white elephant.”
Mr McGlone pointed out the centre was only used by a couple of dance or keep-fit groups and the Tenants’ Association, who ran a junior disco once a month.
Foxbar Councillor Bob Macaulay said:“I will certainly be looking into the possibility of getting fees reduced.”