Who is responsible for Girvan’s bingo hall?

The old bingo hall as it stands today.
The old bingo hall as it stands today.

Girvan’s former picture house and bingo hall is once again under the spotlight this week as allegations of rats in the building have been reported.

There also seems to be confusion over who owns the building, which most recently was home to Omega Bingo.

The Carrick Gazette was alerted to the potential problem of rats by a nearby neighbour of the building which is situated at 89 Dalrymple Street in Girvan.

The resident claimed they had emailed the council’s environmental health team five times but nothing had been done about the ever-growing deterioration of the building.

The issue was also raised at the meeting of Girvan and District Community Council on Tuesday night where councillors Alec Clark and Alec Oattes promised to take up the issue.

When the Gazette visited the back of the building on Thursday morning, there just happened to be a council worker also investigating the site.

The ownership of the building is also under some doubt as Foster Properties, who owned the building in 2011, were dissolved. The following year Craig Ferguson, the Scots comedian who had made it big in Hollywood, launched a bid to acquire the building, but failed to come to agreement on certain issues.

It is claimed by well-placed sources that the building was sold to a company run by a foreign woman in 2013.

The Gazette made enquiries on this front having discovered a link with a Glasgow-based company but they had not responded by the time of going to press.

The building has long been criticised by the residents of Girvan for being an eyesore in the main street and many were disappointed when Craig Ferguson’s plans for the development of the building fell through after initial optimism.