Lanark Community Development Trust is continually working in partnership with Discover Lanark and South Lanarkshire Council to improve the town and were successful in gaining funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund 2019-2020 to remove two derelict eyesores from the town landscape. We proposed five projects and were successful in gaining funding for two – the demolition of the Royal Oak Hotel (frontage restored) and the derelict building in the Hunter’s Close car park with additional car parking and close improvements.
With regards to the Hunter’s Close (43 High Street) project which has received social media and press coverage in recent weeks, Lanark Community Development Trust wishes to clarify the usage of the Town Centre Fund monies, project scope and benefits.
Lanark Community Development Trust was originally awarded £180,000 of Town Centre Fund monies to implement the Hunter’s Close (43 High Street) project. A further £77,000 was committed by South Lanarkshire Council via the Scottish Governments Town centre Fund Phase 2, announced on the 24/11 to ensure successful delivery of the project and additional complementary works.
The total estimated project cost of £257,000 covers:
• Site surveys
• Statutory consents
• Design and project management
• Systematic Demolition of the building and foundations and removal from site
• Reinstatement of shared boundary walls
• Installation of new drainage
• Raising of site levels to accommodate the development
• Street lighting to the new car parking/ events area
• Construction of car park sub base with roadway being finished in asphalt and car parking bays being finished in stone sets.
• Introduction of 2 disabled bays to the north of the site that will be finished in asphalt and appropriately lined.
• General maintenance of soft landscaping
• Partial resurfacing of existing carpark roadway.
• and now additionally upgrading of Hunters Close from High Street
There are currently 9 spaces at the south of the site. Once the derelict building is removed the parking area to the south of the site behind Flower of Scotland can increase from 9 to 15 spaces.
The derelict building of 43 High Street has been vacant for significantly over a decade and during this period South Lanarkshire Council have received no viable proposals for the retention of the property.
Demolition has been approved by South Lanarkshire Council Planning Department and Historic Environment Scotland on the condition that the building is recorded and surveyed. This is being done by WOSAS (West of Scotland Archaeology Service).
In terms of Section 104 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 the Council is required to undertake consultation when considering changes in use of or disposal (including leases) of common good assets. Lanark Community Development Trust and the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council were invited to submit responses to the consultation.