Hotel debt plan

091110 star and garter hotel linlithgow
091110 star and garter hotel linlithgow

THE future of the Star and Garter in Linlithgow remains uncertain this week as debts on the iconic building remain to be paid.

The Glen Drummond Partnership in Livingston was appointed liquidator of Bluebon Limited, trading as The Star and Garter, last month.

But the company hopes to be able to pay its creditors in full within the next year, despite not being open since the disastrous fire in October.

When contacted this week, Eric Nisbet, of The Glen Drummond Partnership, said: “A member’s voluntary liquidation is entirely different from a creditors or court liquidation in that the director has to swear an oath and fill in a form called a declaration of solvency swearing that they have made a full enquiry into the affairs of the company, and having done so have formed the opinion that the company will be able to pay its debts in full, together with interest, at the official rate within a period of 12 months from the commencement of the winding up.

“The members voluntary liquidation has been advertised and known creditors have been written to this week.

“In a creditors or court liquidation a company`s insolvency has to be proved rather than the solvency of the company before liquidation can commence.”

The iconic hotel at number one High Street was reduced to a shell after a fire swept through it last October destroying the inside and causing the roof to cave in. Up to 60 firefighters tackled the blaze for over 24 hours, in what was one of the worst fires in Linlithgow’s history.

Since then the building which celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009, has remained covered with tarpaulin with no indication of when repair work will start.

Star and Garter owner John Bartlett would not comment on the future of the building.