All bets are off now!

The controversy surrounding the move to turn a former Brechin bar into a bookmakers has had one final, surprising twist.

In November, Angus Council’s development standards committee approved a planning application for Ladbrokes to turn the former Dalhousie Bar in to a bookmakers.

The move had prompted outrage from Brechiners, who felt a third gambling shopping in the city was unnecessary. Many people also lamented the loss of the pub, which had a unique horseshoe bar.

However, it has now been revealed that the controversial plans to convert the building will not be going ahead after Ladbrokes encountered difficulties with the site, which is a category B listed building under Historic Scotland, and has been since 1979.

A spokesperson for the company said: “The application was approved but we have withdrawn it due to subsequent difficulties regarding the building’s historical status.”

The withdrawal of the application now means that there are currently no plans in place for a Ladbrokes store to open in the town.