We understand that we are close to the point at which NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Viability Group will meet to discuss its recommendation on offers received in the sale of Seafield House. We further understand that offers were made. This is a great success given the many years that Seafield House lingered on the market under threat of demolition. The fact that a closing date was set on 11 December last year was a real step forward.
The restoration of Seafield House by way of enabling development is a viable option. With the support of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, FoSH has set out its view is that no offer should be discounted on price alone. FoSH has communicated this to NS Ayrshire & Arran and to members of its Viability Group.
Our grounds for best price not being the only factor are:
- neglected state of the building. As the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) says clearly:
“A huge investment of money, energy and materials went into these buildings – it would be poor stewardship of this inheritance to neglect it“.
- blanket TPO
- community buyout provision in the Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill that is currently before the Scottish Parliament.
In making this case, we would appreciate you sending us a message of support to firstname.lastname@example.org that calls on NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Viability Group to base its recommendation not only on achieving best price but taking account of the neglected state of the building, blanket TPO & provision for community buyout in the Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill that is before the Scottish Parliament. We will collate all messages and send them to NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Chairman & Chief Executive & to its Viability Group. In addition, we will post messages on a dedicated page on our website, Facebook & add into our Twitter feed.
Many thanks for your support at this critical time in the campaign to SAVE Seafield House.