Listed building has been left to decay
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