Damp solution offered

DAILLY resident, Ian Sharkey, received some welcome news this week when South Ayrshire Council agreed to repair his damaged gable wall - but he also learned he would have to pay for the damage inside his house himself.

Mr Sharkey met with local coucillor John McDowall and council officials on Monday to discuss what could be done to fix his damaged property.

The gable end roof of the property in Main Street, Dailly, has been left exposed to the elements after the Kings Arms pub went up in flames 11 years ago.

Mr Sharkey told the Gazette: “I met with officials from the council on Monday who came to my house. Hopefully work on the outside gable wall will begin in the next couple of weeks.

“But as far as the inside of the house goes, I’m still on my own. But at least it’s a step in the right direction, the work outside the house will at least stabilise the problem inside.” Girvan and South Carrick councillor John McDowall has acknowledged the council for the work they’ve done so far, but admits they can’t do anymore to help Mr Sharkey.

He explained: “I’m pleased that the council are going to carry out work that will stabilise the problem.

“They have carried out their responsibility to make the building safe. Now Mr Sharkey is left with the damage inside his property and I think we will work on a couple of avenues and see what we can get done.

“I feel extremely sorry for Ian as this has been no fault of his own and yet he has been left to foot the bill for the damage.”

Describing the experience, Ian said: “It’s been a nightmare. I bought this house as an investment and then this happened.

“The work the council will do will at least stop it getting worse.”