A SOUTH Scotland MSP has said that the "lack of clarity" over the future of Ayr Station Hotel could be potentially dangerous after a recent fire.

Carol Mochan MSP has spoken out after the fire at the weekend.

Two teenage boys have been charged with alleged fire raising and are set to appear in court.

A report to a full SAC meeting on March 1 asked councillors to approve the spending of £500,000 to continue “protective measures” which have been in place at the fast-decaying building as a health and safety requirement.

And now Ms Mochan has warned South Ayrshire Council that the continued lack of clarity over the future of the Ayr Station Hotel is potentially dangerous.

Ms Mochan said: "I am very grateful to the emergency services for acting so swiftly to contain the damage and protect those in the area.

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"This could have been a lot worse than many people will realise.

“We still do not know exactly what caused the blaze and I will await any findings from that investigation but it is clear the situation with the Station Hotel is becoming unsustainable and the council needs to take control of the situation before anyone else is hurt.

“Whilst there are mixed feelings in the community about what should happen with the building it is absolutely clear that the current situation is completely unsustainable and kicking the can down the road will not do any longer.”

A spokesperson for South Ayrshire Council said: "We would like to thank the emergency services for their speedy response and we’re glad that nobody was injured.

"The council made a decision in December 2022 to demolish the southern section of the privately owned building and we’re working with our partners to achieve this and find a long-term solution for the site."

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