The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Moves to end 25-year saga of derelict home

Prop­erty: Mo­ray Coun­cil takes ac­tion over ‘eye­sore’ build­ing

- BY DAVID MACKAY Moray · United States of America · Council · Prospect · Terror Squad · Lossiemouth

Hopes have been raised that the 25-year saga of a large north-east fam­ily home that has been re­duced to a shell could soon be en­ter­ing its fi­nal stages.

Brae Lossie stands on one of Mo­ray’s most de­sir­able streets with panoramic views stretch­ing along the coast­line.

How­ever, the grand Prospect Ter­race build­ing has been ne­glected since its fi­nal res­i­dent died in the 1990s – lead­ing to the home be­ing hit by sev­eral fires and be­com­ing a home to squat­ters.

It is un­der­stood that the Lossiemout­h prop­erty was in­her­ited by the pre­vi­ous own­ers’ son, who is be­lieved to live in the US.

Now Mo­ray Coun­cil has pub­lished an ad­vert ad­vis­ing that it will shortly submit a bid to Scot­tish min­is­ters for pow­ers to com­plete a com­pul­sory pur­chase of the house.

Hel­don and Laich coun­cil­lor John Cowe has cam­paigned for ac­tion to be taken to end the mis­ery for Brae Lossie neigh­bours since be­ing elected seven years ago. He said: “It’s bril­liant that at last we’re see­ing some light at the end of the tun­nel. I can’t en­vis­age the min­is­ters will have any ob­jec­tions, it’s an eye­sore.

“This has been a dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing case for the coun­cil’s le­gal team be­cause the owner has been dif­fi­cult to com­mu­ni­cate with – he will make con­tact on oc­ca­sion and then break off again.

“He’s got the op­por­tu­nity to ob­ject now like any­body else.

“There’s cer­tain to be a lot of in­ter­est in it when it even­tu­ally goes on the mar­ket. I hope it be­comes a fam­ily home once again.”

The di­lap­i­dated home has at­tracted in­ter­est from vis­i­tors tak­ing in the views from the hill, many of whom have knocked on the doors of neigh­bours to trace the own­ers them­selves to place an of­fer.

Mo­ray Coun­cil has al­ready drawn up an or­der to pur­chase the site for the pur­poses of “re­de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment”. It is not known whether the home will be sold in its cur­rent state of whether it will be de­mol­ished.

The ad­vert states: “The or­der is about to be sub­mit­ted to the Scot­tish min­is­ters for con­fir­ma­tion and comes into op­er­a­tion only if con­firmed.”

The dead­line to submit ob­jec­tions to Scot­tish min­is­ters about the com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der is De­cem­ber 13.

“At last we’re see­ing some light at the end of the tun­nel”

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Ja­son Hedges ?? NE­GLECTED: Coun­cil­lor John Cowe has cam­paigned for years for Brae Lossie to be brought back into use.
Pho­to­graph by Ja­son Hedges NE­GLECTED: Coun­cil­lor John Cowe has cam­paigned for years for Brae Lossie to be brought back into use.

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