Vandal-hit janitor’s house should be razed to the ground

Cllr Alan Moir,'calling for demolishing of old Janitor's house at Thomas Muir High.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 26th Jan 2012.
Cllr Alan Moir,'calling for demolishing of old Janitor's house at Thomas Muir High.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 26th Jan 2012.

A FORMER janitor’s house which has been targeted by vandals is a safety hazard, it has been claimed.

The property sits on part of the old Thomas Muir High School site in Bishopbriggs.

Developers Mactaggart and Mickel are going to build 49 new homes on the land.

Bishopbriggs South councillor Alan Moir has raised concerns for the ex-janitor’s building, which has been targeted by vandals.

He said: “I was told there was a small fire at one of the doors, which caused scorch marks.

“My concern is that whilst its vacant it will attract unwelcome attention.

“It could be a magnet for trespassers.

“I’ve contacted the developer via the council and they are doing their best to secure the house and the site.

“Some wooden panels protecting the site were damaged or lost after the bad storms.

“To reduce the risk, the best thing for all is to get the power supply disconnected in order for the developer to go in and remove the janitor’s house.”

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes has confirmed the house WILL be demolished.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We anticipate starting work on clearing the Bishopbriggs site, including the former janitor’s house, within the next four to six weeks.

“We acquired the site in mid-2011 and have subsequently secured access and maintained a security fence until the clearance work could begin. The former school janitor’s house is due to be demolished as part of the project.”

He added: “The demolition work has been prevented due to a delay of disconnection by the utilities suppliers.

“We share the frustrations of the local community, but our duty is ensuring the safety of local residents and our team on the ground.

“As soon as the site is disconnected from utilities and safe, work will begin.

“We look forward to working hard on the project to deliver high quality homes in due course.”

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