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SNP TEAM WORKING TO SECURE BIRKWOOD FUTURE

Following on from the substantial collapse at Birkwood Castle near Lesmahagow Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has sought reassurances from South Lanarkshire Council that the site is being kept secure and the building is stabilised. Ms Campbell has received an update from Colin McDowall, Head of Community and Enterprise at the Council regarding the site. The update has confirmed the council is working with the owners of the building and Historic Scotland to establish plans for the stability, reinstatement and future development. Lisa Cameron, SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow visited the site this week, alongside SNP Councillor David Shearer.

Aileen and Lisa have also been working to contact the owners of Birkwood Castle to offer them their full support as they look to secure a future for the building in the weeks ahead.

Aileen Campbell said:

"Alongside many in Lesmahagow I was dismayed by the recent collapse at Birkwood Castle, especially given the plans to bring the Castle back into use as a boutique hotel. This historic building has had a variety of uses over 150 years and it’s sad to see its next chapter jeopardised so suddenly.

"I'm reassured that the council are in contact with Historic Scotland and with the owner of the building to ensure stability of the rest of the structure. As the council will be meeting with owners in the near future to discuss reinstatement, I'm happy to work with those involved as they assess options for taking the project forward."

Lisa Cameron said:

"This is a very sudden blow to a substantial investment in Lesmahagow. Whilst the cause of the collapse is being established it is important that the council ensure the site is secure and the building stabilised as far as possible. I hope to be able to visit the site in the very near future to see the damage for myself. In the weeks ahead, the SNP team is Lesmahagow is keen to work with the owners and the council to ensure that a suitable way forward is found for the site."

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