Time to clear up Denny bingo hall mess

03/08/12.   John Devlin. DENNY. Glasgow Road. GV of former cinema, which burnt down 18 months ago and is now a pile of rubble. Residents unhappy. (CM)
03/08/12. John Devlin. DENNY. Glasgow Road. GV of former cinema, which burnt down 18 months ago and is now a pile of rubble. Residents unhappy. (CM)
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Fed-up residents have hit out at a pile of rubble that they say is blighting their town.

The mess of broken concrete and brick that lies fenced-off on a prominent site in Denny’s Glasgow Road is the remains of the town’s bingo hall, which burnt down more than two years ago.

Since then there has been no attempt to clear the privately owned piece of land, which is near to Denny Cross, and neighbours are beginning to lose their patience.

Jim Henry and his wife Liz have been trying to sell their home which faces directly on to the site since last November.

They have now taken the property off the market, believing that potential buyers have been put off by the rubble.

Jim (63) said: “We’ve lived here for 19 years quite happily, but now that our two sons have grown-up and moved out we’ve no need for a house of this size. We’d like to move somewhere smaller, but if I was viewing a house, that mess outside would put me off.

“It’s not just an eyesore for us, it’s an eyesore for Denny. It doesn’t look good, sitting there on the main road into the town.”

The building was originally opened in the 1920s as a cinema, but was later converted into a bingo hall, before eventually closing in 2007.

It burnt down on the night of June 2, 2010. Firefighters had to close the main road for three hours as they battled the blaze.

The Falkirk Herald understands that the site has recently been sold, but it remains unclear when the rubble will be cleared.

Denny councillor Brian McCabe said that he had been in discussions with Falkirk Council regarding the safety of the site before his election in May.

He said: “I had concerns, but the building standards team have examined it and assured me that it is safe.

“It is my hope that the site is developed as soon as possible.”