No overnight solution for derelict Slamannan hotel

The Royal Hotel in Slamannan has been derelict for over a decade
The Royal Hotel in Slamannan has been derelict for over a decade

The council has been urged to take “decisive” action over a dilapidated building in a rural village to benefit the community.

The Royal Hotel in Slamannan has lain derelict for over a decade leaving residents and Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald frustrated over its visible state of disrepair.

A plan by owner David Baird to convert the building into four flats was approved by Falkirk Council in 2007, but it still remains an eyesore in Slamannan’s High Street. It has appeared on the website.

The MSP is calling for the council to compulsory purchase the building and turn it into something the community can use.

Suggestions at previous public meetings on the issue have included a community well-being centre run as a social enterprise, a community café or an asset for existing shops like parking spaces.

Mr MacDonald said: “Falkirk Council 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.”

A council spokesman said: “Compulsory purchase or demolition action is not an option currently as the building, while in poor repair, is meeting public safety standards.

“Currently our priority remains to use existing council owned land for potential new building projects.”

Mr Baird could not be reached for comment as the Herald went to press.