Glendoune community group facing a lock out

Frustrated kids, organisers and Councillor Alec Oattes outside the prospective building the community association wish to use.
Frustrated kids, organisers and Councillor Alec Oattes outside the prospective building the community association wish to use.

A Girvan community group is at its wits end as its continues to battle a businessman for use of a building.

The Glendoune Community Association wishes to expand its activities in Piedmont Road but has found a barrier placed in its way in the form of a prominent local businessman.

The businessman was the lease holder of the building adjacent to the Glendoune Centre until recently but the association says he is refusing to co-operate and the council by removing his property from the premises.

It is also alleged he hasn’t paid rent in two years.

The community association are hoping to use the building to enable the 40 kids who use the centre to enjoy new activities such as boxing, table tennis and a disc jockey.

Councillor Alec Oattes said: “It is completely unacceptable that the former lease holder is refusing to co-operate on this and holding the Glendoune Community Association to ransom over the building use.

“Hopefully access is given soon so that this building can be put into community use.”

Donald Gillies, Head of Corporate Resources for South Ayrshire Council said: “Where rent due to us is not paid we issue reminders to the tenant immediately an invoice is overdue and we will pursue the tenants and do everything we can to recover the outstanding balance. Each case is assessed on its own merits but we would generally attempt to get a tenant to enter into some form of payment plan to clear debt prior to legal action being considered for termination of the lease.”