Paisley’s MSP has secured a commitment to remove the graffiti from one of Paisley’s historic buildings. The former Territorial Army building and drill hall on the High Street has been empty for a number of years and a spate of vandalism has created an eyesore next to the town’s university and the Coats Memorial Church.
Speaking on the news, George said:
‘After a number of weeks working on the issue I was glad to receive a commitment from Colliers International to remove the graffiti. This firm are marketing the property on behalf of the owners and in order to get the property sold it should be shown in its best condition.
‘I must also congratulate the Paisley Daily Express on highlighting the condition of this building. We all must work together for the betterment of the town. Paisley has so many historic buildings but without a vigilant eye and taking the time to care about them we will lose these buildings. This can be difficult when they are privately owned but that means we must work even harder to ensure that we have the town we want to live in.
‘The building is a category B-listed property and planning permission for flats has been granted. I hope that with the clear-up of the property there will be more interest in the development opportunity. I believe that flats in such a building, in that specific part of the High Street would be snapped up by house hunters. We need to encourage the development and promote our town to encourage the development. Part of that is to show the building off in the best possible light.’