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Local SNP representatives have criticised the owners of the former Mecca Bingo on Rutherglen Main Street for refusing to lay out their plans for the property.

As the Rutherglen Reformer has previously reported, the empty building has become a target for anti-social behaviour.

Local MSP Clare Haughey and Rutherglen Central and North ward councillors Janine Calikes and Andrea Cowan had reached out to the owners through their management firm, CDLH, to flag ongoing vandalism issues, and to query whether there were plans to renovate the site or sell/lease it.

No response has been forthcoming from the owners in over two months.                                                                                                        

The Rutherglen politicians are now calling for the management to set out a plan to attract new tenants.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“The bingo closing down has been a real loss locally, and it’s a shame to see the building being the target of vandalism.

“It’s in no-one’s interests for the property to lay vacant – the owners will want a new business operating in it and the wider public want to see it put to good use too.

“We are calling on the building’s owners to ramp up efforts to sell or lease it, and in the interim clean up the building.”

Cllr Janine Calikes added:

“Vacant commercial units blight our communities – we’ve seen it with Shawfield Stadium over the pandemic, the former swimming baths on Greenlees Road, and now the with the bingo hall.

“I first wrote to the vendors of the building in September 2022 to ask them to alert the owners and engage with the community. It is extremely disappointing that they have chosen to ignore our pleas.

“The building itself holds a lot of local significance, but we know the longer it remains vacant the more run down it will get.”

Cllr Andrea Cowan said:

“From speaking with constituents, I know there is a real desire locally to breathe new life into the former bingo.

“There are obviously lots of different opinions on what is needed in Rutherglen, and ultimately that will be a decision for any business who takes the building on. However, everyone will agree that a large neglected, vacant premises is not what our Main Street needs.