McLaren Hotel site owner ordered to take action on sewage leak

The derelict McLaren hotel site, owned by developers Abode, has raw sewage covering the front lawn.

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By Colin Smeeton

The owners of the derelict McLaren Hotel in Brodick have been ordered to take immediate steps to resolve the issue of raw sewage discovered in the front garden.

North Ayrshire’s Environmental Health department has contacted the owners, the Norfolk based abodeGroup, demanding it takes action, as Scottish Water helped clean up the area this week.

The sewage leak follows the recent flooding of the seafront property which had developed large pools of stagnant water in its overgrown and unkempt garden.

Last Friday, environmental health officers received reports of raw sewage covering a large section at the front of the property which is situated between a restaurant and the Brodick Co-op.

Local officials were dispatched and they confirmed raw sewage and effluent on the front lawn which they duly reported to Scottish Water to investigate.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: ‘Our environmental health team was notified of this issue on Friday February 11 and reported it to Scottish Water. The team has also contacted the owner of the building to request that steps be taken immediately to resolve the matter.’

Scottish Water attended the site early this week and ensured the sewer line outwith the private property was clear of obstructions or debris.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: ‘We attended Main Road in Brodick following a report of sewer flooding. While no obvious blockage was apparent in the sewer, operatives used a jet to help clear any debris further along the sewer pipe. We will return to the site and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this issue.’

The McLaren Hotel property was sold in 2014 and has since lain abandoned and neglected with no garden, building or other maintenance work taking place for nearly eight years.

Locals describe the building, which is structurally suspect, and the garden as an ‘eyesore’.

The site has planning permission, which is due to expire in September this year, for an 88-apartment hotel.

The abodeGroup was contacted for a comment but did not respond before Banner went to press.


The derelict McLaren hotel site, owned by developers Abode, has raw sewage covering the front lawn. 01_B07Mclaren01

Waste and effluent can be seen covering the overgrown entrance to the property which once housed the Mclaren hotel but which has stood empty and unmaintained for nearly eight years. 01_B07Mclaren02