Co-op work set to start

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Work was set to finally begin on the old Co-op in Maybole town centre this week to start the process of demolishing it.

The building has been somewhat of an eyesore for the residents and visitors to the area for a significant length of time.

And at one point there were grave concerns among key community figures that the building could fall down at any point.

In November, South Ayrshire Council’s Leadership Panel agreed to use money from the town’s regeneration fund to press ahead with demolishing the building.

A tendering process was agreed and work was now due to start to bring down the building once and for all.

Maybole Community Council chairman Mark Fletcher had revealed his concerns about the old supermarket building in September of last year.

He said: “This builidng could fall down at any time.

“Part of the facade collapsed last year and the A77 had to be closed.

“It should have been demolished by now.

“And the council should have realised it wouldn’t just be a case of swinging a ball at it.

“A building of that age was always likely to contain asbestos. So now they are going to have to shore it up to some extent in order to safely remove the asbestos.

“We are really concerned about this as a building in this state creates many risks for people in our community.”

However, Mr Fletcher did praise the council for listening to the people in November when the tendering process was rolled out.

“I must say that South Ayrshire have listened and communicated with local people on this issue which is a good thing.”

At the same time the Co-Op tendering process was being agreed, a nearby cottage in Whitehall was demolished despite an objection from Historic Scotland. The unsafe condition of the cottage had led to the Maybole Arms pub stopping people using their toilets such was the demand for them and putting up signs saying “customers only.”