MacDonald Campaigning for Slamannan
Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:54
Angus MacDonald MSP Outside the Royal Hotel, Slamannan
Angus MacDonald MSP has written to Douglas Duff of Falkirk Council’s Development Services regarding the state of the old Royal Hotel in Slamannan. He has suggested that the council purchase the building with a view to using either the building or the land for a purpose of use to the local people.
Residents and business people have been complaining about the eyesore which has lain derelict for years and become more and more unsightly as time has passed.
Mr MacDonald has had various suggestions from the townsfolk for dealing with the derelict hotel. Amongst the ideas were; purchase and redevelop as flats which could then be let by the council to alleviate the housing waiting lists, renovate the building into use as a community hall or, demolish it to make way for car parking which is sorely needed in the village.
After discussing the issue with local residents and business people, Mr MacDonald commented:
“I have had letters and emails from local people regarding the state of this building for some time now.
“For several years it was neglected but the council were not in a position to make a compulsory purchase order.
“However the building has been on the open market for several months now with no buyer coming forward so perhaps it is time to look at the situation again with a view to re-developing the centre of Slamannan Village.
“The local people are rightly proud of their village and would like to see an improved village centre. This would encourage both locals and visitors to stop, use local facilities and give the village a wee boost which is badly needed.”