NO FESTIVE CHEER FOR SLAMANNAN WITH DERELICT BLIGHT ON LANDSCAPE
Thursday, 24 December 2015 11:56
Falkirk East MSP slams Council for refusing to take action on disused Royal Hotel site eyesore
The Member of the Scottish Parliament for Farkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has reacted to Falkirk Council’s refusal to take decisive action regarding the run down and dilapidated Royal Hotel situated in the heart of Slamannan village.
Angus was prompted to contact Falkirk Council again after the building appeared on the www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk website.
The MSP has asked Falkirk Council to intervene on a number of occasions in the past and public meetings have been held in the village to try to find a way forward for the building, pictured above and below.
A number of initiatives have been suggested, including a community well-being centre run as a social enterprise, a community café, or demolition to provide badly needed car parking in the main street of the village.
The Falkirk East MSP had suggested a compulsory purchase by the Council would have been the way forward, given the poor condition of the building and the relatively low asking price for the property, however Falkirk Council have refused to act and have turned a deaf ear to all the suggestions put forward to date.
Voicing his frustration and disappointment, Angus MacDonald MSP said, “It is extremely disappointing that Falkirk Council is continuing to fail the residents of Slamannan by refusing to engage positively to find a solution to this eyesore and I share the frustration of local residents.
“The Royal Hotel has been in a perilous state of disrepair for a number of years now, but Falkirk Council has consistently refused to do more than take minimal enforcement action from a health and safety angle.
“More needs to be done, and a compulsory purchase order given the low asking price would seem to me to be the way forward. Of course, such drastic action could be avoided if the current owner renovated the property himself, however there would seem to be little likelihood of that happening.
“Once the property is in Council ownership other options could be considered such as using the site for social housing (Council or Housing Association properties) using Scottish Government grants - as has been done at other publicly owned sites in Falkirk district, including the that of the former police station in Stenhousemuir which I visited earlier this month."
Mr. MacDonald concluded his statement with an appeal for Falkirk Council to act. “The Council", he said, "must up its game and find a solution to this eyesore before the building becomes an even bigger danger to the public.
“The people of Slamannan and the Upper Braes area deserve better from their Council and their wishes should not be ignored.
“I am happy to work with Falkirk Council and the local community to find a solution, but it requires a willingness on the part of Falkirk Council to move this forward, otherwise the Royal Hotel will remain an ugly blot in the heart of the village.”