Eye­sore shop is boarded up

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - John Row­botham

Win­dows of a fire-dam­aged prop­erty in Stir­ling city cen­tre have been cov­ered as dis­cus­sions over re­pairs to the build­ing con­tinue.

The land­mark three-storey prop­erty, which housed Kings’Bar­ber­shop on the ground floor, has re­mained empty since be­ing rav­aged by flames in Feb­ru­ary.

Fire took hold in the top-level stor­age space of the build­ing and re­sulted in a sec­tion of Mur­ray Place be­ing closed un­til late April.

Un­til late last month passers-by could see wa­ter drib­bling into the for­mer bar­ber’s and mounds of sludge cov­er­ing the floor.

In July a mem­ber of staff at an ad­join­ing shop said she had con­tacted the coun­cil to com­plain about the sight and smell com­ing from the build­ing.

Now the ground-floor win­dows of the shop have been cov­ered with large posters fea­tur­ing in­for­ma­tion for vis­i­tors.

A Stir­ling Coun­cil said ear­lier this year the build­ing had been made safe and yes­ter­day a spokesper­son said:“We an­tic­i­pate a build­ing war­rant to be sub­mit­ted in the near fu­ture and we are in dis­cus­sion with the prop­erty owner and their in­sur­ers to es­tab­lish a time­frame for work to start.”

He added that tim­ings are de­pen­dent on the war­rant be­ing ap­proved.

Cover up Boards hide the sludge­cov­ered floor

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