Joe has called on North Ayrshire Council to take enforcement action to clear the old Lonsdale pub site in Stevenston.
Planning permission was granted in 2007 for the demolition of the pub and the erection of 8 flats. However, the development of the flats never materialised. Planning permission has since expired and no new planning application has been submitted.
Councillor Cullinane believes the site is a key one for Stevenston, being located on the main road through Stevenston town, and has argued that North Ayrshire Council must agree given the work they did to the site prior to the Commonwealth Games baton relay.
Speaking on the matter Councillor Cullinane said;
“This is a key site for Stevenston and it is in a state of disrepair.”
“Last year North Ayrshire Council put boards up around the site prior to the Commonwealth Games baton relay which shows that they acknowledge its importance to the town and the fact it's currently an eyesore. It's now time that enforcement action was taken to clean up the site and I have written to Planning urging them to do so.”
“This issue however goes to the heart of private developers sitting on land but not developing it. That needs to change, if developers are going to land bank then we should be taking a strong stance against it by charging developers for sitting on land or serving them with a compulsory purchase order to ensure that sites such as this are developed rather than left to go to ruin. Our message should be clear to these developers – use the land or lose it."