Eyesore on High Street for another year

The site as it is today and is expected to remain as for another year. Picture: Scott Louden
The site as it is today and is expected to remain as for another year. Picture: Scott Louden
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A High Street development slammed as “a bombsite” by Linlithgow Civic Trust has been hit by a mystery insurance snag – and might not be finished for another whole year.

That was the bad news this week for the trust, whose chairman has slammed builder McCarthy and Stone for not letting people know what was happening with the last part of the ambitious project launched in 2014.

McCarthy and Stone regional managing director Steve Wiseman told the Journal and Gazette: “We are aware of concerns locally regarding our Templars Court development, and I would like to reassure both the Trust and the wider local community that we have been working diligently to resolve the issue.”

But he has dashed hopes of an early resolution to what trust chairman Chris Long sees as “an eyesore” and “like a bombsite” at such a high-profile location. Mr Wiseman said: “Unfortunately the situation has arisen due to an insurance issue with the adjacent building – however, we’re pleased to confirm that all parties are working towards an amicable agreement, and work to complete the development will begin when these discussions have been formalised.

“We’re confident that we will commence construction on site in the next couple of months, with an anticipated ten-month schedule.”

Mr Long had written to the Journal and Gazette complaining about the lack of action and later said the developer had failed to communicate effectively with locals.

He said: “The focus of the town appears like a bombsite, with buildings adjacent to the McCarthy Stone development propped up with timber – the Trust seeks the early completion of the project.”