Not sure about this one.
While I'm not stupid and understand the initial thoughts that might be in the council's collective mind here, I wonder if they have thought it through to any sort of conclusion?
The council said it could make compulsory purchase orders for dangerous buildings, in extreme cases.
Ok, but who will the buildings and what will they do with them - find the money to make then safe by magic? Or find the money to pay for demolition - which is not cheap in these environmental days.
"Owners or developers may not have the money to carry through their plans in the current difficult financial climate, but that is not an excuse for leaving their properties to fall into a derelict or dangerous state."
Again, fair comment, but I know of one hotel owner who is basically bust because any money he has goes to making the building safe, and he has none left to develop it so he can let the rooms and make money. As for raising a loan on it - laughter or crying are the two options.
Need I say he cannot sell it. It's not worth anything since it is not a going concern either.
What i am really saying is that I'd have preferred to read this story if it had some sort of carrot being offered by the council, rather than just a stick.Dundee Council to take action over derelict buildings