The closure of a city hotel devastated by fire is having a knock on effect on the community, it was claimed today.
The Britannia Hotel in Bucksburn was destroyed by a blaze in July which took almost 100 firefighters to tackle.
More than two months on, the hotel is still left lying while its owners wade through paperwork and red tape to get work started on site.
Richard Liptrott, the hotel’s general manager, said: “It’s tough. It’s not what you sign up for as a hotel manager.
“I was told it should be the next two weeks that demolition might begin, but we’re waiting for planning permission just now.
“It’s been a demoralising time for everyone. The Staging Post pub across the road has really been struggling.
“It’s not just affecting us but some of the other local businesses.”
John Anderson, owner of the Staging Post, said: “We’re probably down about 30% Monday to Thursday as a direct result of the Britannia closing.
“All hours have been cut right down to the bare minimum.”