Hotel repairs not causing flooding, says council

Work being carried out to make safe Stranraer's derelict George Hotel has not impacted on neighbouring properties.

That was the assurance given this week by Dumfries and Galloway Council after concerns were raised about water damage to next door business premises.

Local MP Alister Jack took up the issue with the local authority when a shop tenant had to seek premises elsewhere because of water ingress, damp and mould.

The listed former hotel was taken into council ownership as efforts were made to fund, restore and find a new role for the landmark building.

Emergency repairs were launched earlier this year after a structural survey revealed the inside and roof of the George Hotel were close to collapse and the road outside was shut for safety reasons.

In a letter to the council, Mr Jack sought clarification on the impact of the work on next door buildings and progress on making their building safe.

The local authority's head of economy and resources, Steve Rogers, replied this week explaining that their lead architect had investigated the issues at the neighbouring building and concluded they were not caused by the council's work.

Mr Rogers states: "Works to complete initial stabilisation of the building structure of the George Hotel are progressing well on site and once complete will allow the road to be reopened.

"Options for the long-term renovation works and end uses are still under development, and are also subject to community consultation and engagement prior to any final decision being taken by our economy and resources committee members."

He added that the council continued to engage with neighbouring businesses and residents.