MP joins calls for action on old Wallace Hall Academy
Local MP David Mundell has written to the Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway Council calling for clarity on the old Wallace Hall Academy. Mr Mundell who recently visited the site shares the concerns and frustrations of local Councillors, residents and the Community Council at the continued delay in demolishing the dilapidated building which detracts from the surrounding area.
Mr Mundell believes the Council should prioritise the demolition of the building regardless of development opportunities and contractual wrangling with Buccleuch Estates. The site has also become a target for vandalism with young people having been seen on the site which has now become dangerous. Mr Mundell has pointed to the recent demolition of Lockerbie Academy elsewhere in his constituency and is demanding to know why the residents of Thornhill are being made to wait. Mr Mundell has also been in contact with local police who believe it is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured and he is concerned that police time is being used to patrol the old school complex. Mr Mundell is also keen to avoid further vandalism and arson at the site, with the fire brigade already having responded to an incident.
Mr Mundell commented: “There is no excuse for the hold up, this building needs to be demolished before it falls down and seriously injures someone. Currently it acts as a magnet for vandalism and has become a major eyesore.
“I am demanding answers from the Council and like everyone else concerned I want to see a quick resolution. Whatever other factors are involved in this decision, the Council has a duty of care to local residents and must act to protect their interests.
“It is unfair that residents in Thornhill have to put up with this eyesore when other former schools in the region such as Lockerbie Academy have rightly been demolished.”