Clean up the site

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The McLaren Hotel saga has gone on far too long. It is time to put an end to it now.

If the owners do not apply for a demolition order, then the authorities should act to clear the site … and send them the bill – and revoke the planning permission granted for a new hotel.

The once fine hotel, even in its latter years, was an asset to Brodick and its shorefront. Now it lies as a dilapidated ugly eyesore – the building rotting and the grounds unkempt and overgrown. Hardy a sign for first time visitors which says: ‘Welcome a thriving Arran.’

At least for now the building has been re-secured, which may stop it being further ransacked. Inside the building is said to be a deathtrap – but why there are still windows open upstairs is a concern.

At least if the site was cleared it would not be such a eyesore and maybe it could even be  put to temporary use as a car park, given the parking situation in Brodick, particular in the summer months.

Given the current global economic climate it seems highly unlikely that a new £9 million hotel is going to be built on Arran anytime soon. And given the owners silence since being given planning permission nearly two years ago we do not expect the position to change any time soon.

It is all very well for the owners in Norfolk to ignore the site – they don’t have to look at it every day. We say it is up to the authorities to demand, not ask, that action be taken to clean up the site – and soon.