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Sarah Hilley

Rundown house in scenic park to be sold by South Ayrshire Council

A lodge house in Ayr's Belleisle park is to be sold off.

South Ayrshire Council has decided to flog the building, which sits in the scenic historical estate.

The derelict property will come with a garden measuring 50 metres square.

Ruling Labour and SNP councillors approved the sale at a Leadership Panel meeting recently.

Ayr West Conservative councillor Martin Dowey said: “It is surplus to requirements for the council. I think it would make a nice wee house for somebody.
“Certainly someone could do something with it.”

It is set to be advertised on the open market.

A condition of the sale is it must be developed by three years.

A council report said: “Given the size and nature of the property, it is not suitable for use by the council. A condition survey of the Lodge House was carried out on November 7.”

It was found the costs of bringing the property back to a decent standard are likely to be substantial “given the neglected state of the building by the previous owner.”

The council bought the lodge house in June 2020 along with two acres of land and the burnt out hotel.

Meanwhile, the council is searching for a partner to help rebuild the Belleisle mansion and turn it into business venture again.

The listed building will cost £12.5 million to restore.

South Ayrshire Conservative Goup leader Councillor Dowey said: “I would like to see  progress for the hotel going forward. We need to concentrate on the hotel.”

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