An MSP is urging Aberdeen City Council to immediately put a plan in place to stop a historic building from being “left to rot”.
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart has called on the local authority to consider options for Westburn House in the city’s Westburn Park.
Mr Stewart said it seems no progress has been made to develop the building since consent was granted in July 2016 to allow it to become a children’s nursery.
The politician wrote to the city council’s chief executive Angela Scott earlier this year and was told no new options would be considered until October.
But with no progress forthcoming, the SNP MSP is concerned the A-listed building, which has lain vacant since 1998, may be “left to rot”.
Mr Stewart said: “It has been 16 months since we have had any news on Westburn House and in that time the overgrowth of weeds surrounding the building has got worse, and no work seems to have taken place to begin improvements on the site.
“The developers have had more than enough time to make progress, but the council doesn’t seem to be prioritising this project despite the significance of the building and potential it has to become an iconic feature of Westburn Park once again.
“I am urging Aberdeen City Council to immediately explore options for Westburn House and ensure a plan is put in place to stop the building rotting away any further.
“Something has to be done before it is too late and a piece of our history and heritage is destroyed forever.”
In July 2016, Listed Building Consent was conditionally approved to the Elgin-based company Liberty Kids to redevelop Westburn House into a children’s nursery.
In a letter to Mr Stewart in August 2017, the council said the nursery firm still had to conclude its lease, but had until the end of October to do so.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “The conditions of the conditional missive were not purified by the developer within the stipulated timeframe and therefore options for Westburn House are being considered.
“A structural survey is expected to be conducted as part of the process and to help inform decisions on the future use of the building.”