Rozelle is the lat­est of coun­cil bun­gles

Ayrshire Post - - Bob Shields -

Well done to McLau­rin Trust vice- chair­man Celia Steven­son for us­ing a VIP open­ing cer­e­mony to open fire on the state of Rozelle House.

List­ing rust­ing gut­ters, crum­bling stonework and rot­ting win­dows – Celia warned that Rozelle could turn into “an­other Ayr Sta­tion Ho­tel or Belleisle House”. And re­pair work es­ti­mated at £ 175,000 three years ago has bal­looned to £ 375,000.

So will own­ers South Ayrshire Coun­cil put their hands up to this one? Don’t be ridicu­lous!

“It’s com­pletely in­ac­cu­rate to com­pare Rozelle House , which is owned by the Com­mon Good, to the build­ing ad­ja­cent to Ayr Sta­tion”, says a SAC spokesman. He’s right.

The dif­fer­ence is that the Sta­tion Ho­tel is pri­vately owned – and SAC are spend­ing for­tunes on it.

Mean­while, a build­ing they ac­tu­ally DO OWN – is fall­ing into dis­re­pair.

SAC’s list of ir­re­spon­si­ble prop­erty own­er­ship is now leg­end.

The Town Hall, the Wal­lace Tower, Belleisle House, the County Build­ings . . . they couldn’t even be trusted to varnish the children’s play park on the es­planade.

But you can surely add Rozelle to the list of SAC bun­gles where – as usual – no- one is to blame.

Celia Steven­son Fears over the state of dis­re­pair at Rozelle House

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