Plans to regenerate an eyesore in the Braes have taken a giant leap forward after the idea got support from at a public meeting.
The Royal Hotel in Slamannan has been derelict for more than a decade and residents want to find a way to purchase it and turn it into a building the community can use.
A call was made for locals to give their views on what could be done with the building and more than 100 people attended a meeting last Friday in the village.
One of the most promising outcomes was the will of residents to form a community council and steering group to push the ideas forward.
MSP Angus MacDonald, who chaired the meeting, said ideas for a future use included turning it into a ‘health and wellbeing hotel’ run by the community, for the community, which would offer respite stays to local people who need a break “in pleasant and restful surroundings’.
He said: “This is just one suggestion. The community will look at other options if and when the project develops.
“It was heartening to see such a healthy interest in the future of the village from the community. Everyone wants to see something done with the neglected Royal Hotel, which has been an eyesore for far too many years.”
Other proposals for the building’s use included demolishing for car parking, renovation for a community hall or redevelop it as flats which could be let by Falkirk Council. In the meantime, residents are going to paint the building and a structural survey is to be done.