Historic Glaisnock House and Dunaskin Heritage Center required emergency safety work from East Ayrshire Council


Glaisnock House and the former Dunaskin Heritage Center were two high-profile derelict buildings that have required emergency work over the past year.

They were among 21 unsafe building notices served by East Ayrshire Council between April 2021 and March 2022.

The notices require landlords to take action to keep buildings safe when they are deemed to have “failed in their duty” to meet their responsibilities.

Local authority chiefs had to step in to secure properties 15 times, saying they would seek to recover the costs from the owners in question.

The B-listed Glaisnock house near Cumnock fell into disrepair after the last owner, Xu Yaang, died of a brain tumor in 2015 after buying it the year before when planning to create a Chinese language center.

Built in 1833, the property was purchased by the county council in 1949 and operated as a school until 1973. The council discussed the possible ‘acquisition’ of the building for future restoration.

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A report to the Governance and Oversight Committee states: “Glaisnock House has been neglected for many years and as such has fallen into a serious state of disrepair, it is also subject to repeated acts of vandalism. and arson.

“East Ayrshire Council has received numerous complaints about the condition of the building, both outside and inside.”

With the property in limbo, the council had to carry out emergency work to make the building safe and inaccessible.

The report continues: “The building is a Grade B listed building and is also of significant local interest. The building is owned by a foreign jurisdiction and although efforts have been made to attempt to engage with them, this has not been successful.”

The old Dunsakin Heritage Center at Patna in the Doon Valley has also fallen into disrepair and suffered repeated vandalism. Like Glaisnock House, the council was forced to carry out emergency works.

The report states: “The site includes the remains of the associated forges, buildings and structures has been listed as a listed monument by Historic Environment Scotland. It is therefore not only of significant local interest but of national importance.

A house in Redree Place, New Cumnock, was another prominent case, after it was badly damaged by fire last November.

The report said: “Due to complications, the owner and his insurer were unable to confirm whether they were able to undertake the appropriate emergency repair work to secure the building and secure the site. “

The municipality secured the exterior walls and was able to recover the costs.

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