We're all gearing up for a meeting on Monday evening on the topic of saving Dumbarton High Street. Some big guns are being rolled in, but I fear anger and confrontation, as some present are certainly responsible for the decline, or are at least responsible for doing nothing as the decline became more and more evident! That's politicians for you!
We'll undoubtedly revisit past sins, there will be recriminations aplenty, and it will need a strong chair to guide us away from the past to look at possibilities for the future instead. Who has the vision, or indeed the money to give this town what it needs? Perhaps we need to think out of the box a little? Some "blue sky thinking" as the RW's employer would put it.
Our building is in the High Street and we need to be part of the solution. We certainly need to be involved in the discussions and in the decision making process as much as we are allowed to be, because we are not a church which opens once every week, but are busy on a daily basis with one thing or another. Our congregation needs to be "in there" and part of the movement to bring about the changes that are needed.
Yes, we want to save the High St, but maybe change it from what it was and is, into something completely different. However, in cash-strapped times, perhaps the "blue sky thinking" will need to take a back seat, and temporary solutions, again, will be preferred.