Scottish Conservative politicians want action taken at the “dangerous” site of a former well-known Perthshire hotel.
Murdo Fraser MSP and Councillors Caroline Shiers and Bob Brawn visited the “eyesore” shell of what was the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel last week, where they met Darrel Townsend, Chair of the Mount Blair Community Trust.
The politicians are all anxious to find a way forward for the building which has lain dormant since a devastating fire razed the former hotel to the ground in August 2014. More than 50 firefighters battled for hours to bring the blaze under control.
And now, five years on, the dilapidated site, which is regarded as the gateway to the Cairngorms, remains uncleared and unsecured. It is owned by a private individual but is held by a pension company called Yorsipp Ltd.
Last year, they submitted a £2 million plan to build holiday lodges but the site has since been put on the market.
Commenting on the current impasse, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region for the Scottish Conservatives, said: “It is simply unacceptable to have a prime site like this – on a key tourist route – left as an eyesore.
“Apart from the negative impression this gives to visitors, the site is actually dangerous if youngsters were to try to explore it.
“We are also missing an economic opportunity for a new development at this location.”
He continued: “The landowner needs to take steps to secure the site, and I will be exploring what action can be taken to make this happen with the appropriate authorities and asking for progress to be made in cleaning it up.”
And Cllr Shiers, who represents the Blairgowrie and the Glens ward, added: “I will continue to do all I can to raise awareness with Perth and Kinross Council, the Cairngorms National Park and any other public authority who can assist with putting pressure on the owner of the site.
“It is an absolute eyesore and it is unacceptable that it is just left in this state for an indefinite period of time. Other businesses at the Spittal continue to invest in their premises and promote the local area for the fantastic place it is all year around with a great range of activities on offer and we must do all we can to support them.”
Cllr Bob Brawn, who also represents the Blairgowrie and the Glens ward, commented: “The fact that the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel has been allowed to become an eyesore and is deteriorating by the day, with added health and safety risks, is an embarrassment.”