I noticed this bit of news in my reader today.
PAISLEYâ€™S famous YMCA building is being axed after 100 years of service to the town.
Over the years I’ve met a number of workers from Paisley YMCA through my study at The George Williams College so was surprised and a little sad to hear the news. No doubt there are valid reasons behind the decision to close, although it seems to have upset the local community:
Parents have been left stunned by the closure plans and said the loss of the YMCA building is a â€œmajor blowâ€ for Paisley.
One dad, who asked not to be named, said: â€œMy son has enjoyed various activities at the Paisley YMCA over the years and weâ€™ll both be very sad to see it go.
â€œThat place has done a great job in keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble. Itâ€™s such a shame that itâ€™s closing down.â€
Another parent added: â€œI was shocked when I found out the place is closing down.
â€œItâ€™s been there for more than 100 years and generations of Buddies have benefited from what itâ€™s had to offer.â€
It does remind me of when we closed The WIRE back in March 2007. Hopefully, like The WIRE, more creative and innovative work will grow out of the closure.