Safety works on the former Station Hotel in Ayr has been affected by recent weather, South Ayrshire Council has said.

It was announced last month that work on the southern section of the hotel would continue until at least March.

The hotel was ravaged by fire in September, with safety work taking place on the site since.

Ayr Advertiser: Fire ripped through the building in September.Fire ripped through the building in September. (Image: NQ Archive)

South Ayrshire Council insists a full assessment of the tower and northern section of the Victorian building - which dates back to 1886 - will be carried out once the southern end has been made safe.

A section of the wall has since been torn down in the safety work, which led to the re-opening to Station Road leading into the town.

Campaign groups and heritage have been demanding answers from South Ayrshire Council about what the plan is for the building - or what's left of it- moving forward.

READ MORE: Campaigners demand answers over future of the Station Hotel

Despite the weather causing issues with the safety work, South Ayrshire Council insists the work is still on course to be finished by March.

A local authority spokesperson said: "The recent weather conditions have affected progress on site.

"The wind speeds have been above the safe threshold for the cranes to operate, so the contractor has been working to remove the debris and material from the south end of the site.

"We still expect that works on this section will continue until around mid-March.

"Assessment of the tower and the northern section have begun to assess the condition and determine the extent of safety works necessary to this area. 

"We are continuing to liaise with stakeholders and partners throughout the safety works, and we’ll keep you informed when more information becomes available."