Chair fails to con­demn plans

Ayrshire Post - - TROON NEWS - Stephen Hous­ton

The chair­man of a vil­lage coun­cil says he has “no fixed opinion yet” about a mas­sive green­belt hous­ing bid.

Loans faces en­croach­ment by Troon af­ter lo­cal Tories failed to get the plan kicked out on Thursday.

Now re­tired ar­chi­tect David Chalmers, who chairs Loans Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, has re­fused to con­demn the prospect.

Hun­dreds of homes could be built in the 30 acre field be­tween the vil­lage and Muir­head if the agri­cul­tural sta­tus is changed by South Ayr­shire Coun­cil. shop in 1998.

It was the for­mer premises of dis­graced lawyer Peter An­der­son, jailed for de­fraud­ing clients.

A let­ter sent to the land­lord was re­turned to the coun­cil un­opened and it lay there for six weeks, says McGuiness.

She added: “A 28 day no­tice has now been is­sued but still there has been no ac­tion.

“In mid June I stood on my doorstep to watch the Glas­gow taxis com­ing into town.

“I was so em­bar­rassed at the com­ments of the peo­ple stand­ing there about the state of the place that I went back into my house.

“We are ask­ing for com­mu­nity sup­port in mov­ing mat­ters along. This is down­right in­san­i­tary.

Plan­ners see it as prime hous­ing de­vel­op­ment land and in­cluded it in the lat­est Lo­cal Plan de­spite not speak­ing with lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cils.

The pro­posed re- zon­ing has re­mained in the pro­posal de­spite a Tory am­mend­ment to have it re­moved dur­ing a meet­ing of the full coun­cil.

We re­vealed the plot last week af­ter Coun­cil­lor Peter Con­very spoke out at Troon Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

But Chair­man Chalmers, who at­tended the meet­ing of Troon Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, can­not make up his mind.

We were keen for prom­i­nent vil­lages to pose for a pho­to­graph As it is a pri­vate build­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal health can only ask for ac­cess and can­not in­sist.”

The res­i­dents have pleaded their case to South Ayr­shire Coun­cil.

Mary McIn­tosh said: “I am con­cerned about the struc­ture of my prop­erty and am con­cerned about the smells.

“My kitchen has been flooded with raw sewage af­ter it came up through the drains.”

Mr McAvenna was un­avail­able for com­ment on mul­ti­ple days.

South Ayr­shire Coun­cil­lor Craig Mackay con­firmed a for­mal re­pairs no­tice has now been sent.

He said: “That 28- day pe­riod is about to ex­pire and hope­fully we can more for­ward.” at the site, off Dun­don­ald Road.

But he told us: “We need time to take stock of the sit­u­a­tion. Con­sul­ta­tion will prob­a­bly be­gin to take place within the next two or three months.

“We need to study all the as­pects and get as much feed back as pos­si­ble be­fore then.

“I have al­ready suggested a pre­sen­ta­tion by SAC in the vil­lage hall in due course.

“So no fixed opinion yet and I don’t con­sider pho­to­graphs are ap­pro­pri­ate at this stage.”

The scheme was roundly con­demned at Troon Com­mu­nity Coun­cil amid con­cern it was sacro­sanct green­belt.

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