Bingo boost

Listed build­ing has been left to de­cay

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Own­ers of a land­mark in Ruther­glen con­firmed they will re­fur­bish the ex­te­rior of the 1930s’ art deco build­ing on Main Street.

Mecca Bingo had been urged to clean up the build­ing af­ter they re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints stat­ing it had fallen into a poor state of re­pair.

Own­ers of a land­mark Ruther­glen build­ing con­firmed they are clean­ing up their act af­ter com­plaints the listed build­ing had fallen into a poor state of re­pair.

Mecca Bingo had been urged to ur­gently re­fur­bish the ex­te­rior of the 1930s art deco build­ing on Main Street.

The bingo gi­ant was lam­basted by Ruther­gen res­i­dents on so­cial me­dia af­ter a com­mu­nity cham­pion posted pic­tures of flak­ing paint­work, stone work in need of re­point­ing and weeds grow­ing on top of what was the old Odeon Cinema.

The il­lu­mi­nated Mecca Bingo sign on the build­ing also burned out a few months ago and has not been re­placed.

Artist and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher John Quinn posted the pho­to­graphs on­line and for­warded the im­ages to Mecca Bingo head of­fice with a note of com­plaint.

He said: “I’m a lo­cal artist and some­times draw the build­ings and take pic­tures of things that are nice and quirky and when I walked along the main street I thought it’s hor­ri­ble. I wanted to high­light it on the Ruther­glen Face­book page that this build­ing is a mess. There have been a lot of re­marks from peo­ple. Ev­ery­one is more or less agree­ing with me.”

Stat­ing the Odeon cinema was once a “ma­jes­tic build­ing”, John added: “The flak­ing paint has got to be re­moved, it needs re­pointed and re­painted.

“It’s a grade three listed build­ing and I think be­cause of that they should so some­thing about it.

“They should be look­ing af­ter the build­ing and hav­ing more re­spect for the town.

“The amount of money they take off Ruther­glen peo­ple, they can put some­thing back into the com­mu­nity and clean up the build­ing.”

Mr Quinn said the state of the build­ing only added to the de­cline of Ruther­glen Main Street, which, like many Bri­tish high streets, has suf­fered with clos­ing shops and busi­nesses.

He said: “Ruther­glen has a pic­turesque Main Street but to­day it sadly is a shadow of its for­mer beauty. This is­sue is not helped by the sad for­lorn state of its Mecca Bingo Hall.”

But a spokesman for Mecca Bingo said: “Our Mecca Ruther­glen club is a very spe­cial site, we have just gone through a ten­der process to find the right con­trac­tors to carry out main­te­nance works to this his­toric, listed build­ing.

“We’re pleased to say this au­tumn we will be un­der­tak­ing sev­eral ren­o­va­tion projects to up­grade the ex­te­rior of the build­ing, in­clud­ing new sig­nage, land­scap­ing and a fresh coat of paint.”

Mecca John Quinn said the for­mer cinema once looked ma­jes­tic

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