Com­mu­nity hall fees too costly

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past -

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.”

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