Lanark cottages are history

LANARK is about to lose a humble — but possibly very historic — building.

Notice has been given by South Lanarkshire Council that it plans to demolish the derelict properties at 10 to 14 Delves Road, both of which are near the Glenmuir factory.

The council intends to pull the adjoining buildings down as it fears that they might become a danger to the public, in particular youngsters entering them and possibly using them as a bothy for underage drinking and drug-taking.

However, it has been suggested that the adjoining buildings in Delves Road might be worth preserving.

For they are likely the last surviving original weavers cottages in Lanark, making it an important heritage site.

However, a council spokeswoman told the Gazette: "There are currently no plans for the future use of the site, other than that described in the planning application.

"This will involve the demolition of the derelict properties at 10-14 Delves Road and thereafter clearing the site and erecting a fence and gates to enclose the vacant land."

But because the site is within the Lanark Conservation Area, government consent will be required to carry out the demolition.

Lanark Community Council will discuss the matter at its next meeting on Monday night.

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