Enforcement order placed on old church

Pictured is the old West and St Columba's on Panmure Street. (Picture by Peter Drahony).

Pictured is the old West and St Columba's on Panmure Street. (Picture by Peter Drahony).

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An enforcement order has been placed on the former Brechin Baptist Church (formerly West and St Columba’s Parish Church).

Officials from the Development Standards Committee at Angus Council carried out an inspection of the premises revealing that certain works of repair were urgently needed in order to preserve this Listed Building.

A notice of intention to carry out urgent works was issued on January 27.

Councillor Bob Myles said: “The enforcement order was on safety grounds. There has been problems with birds and they have been trying to sort that out.

“It is also about keeping the whole thing safe.

“It will involve basic tidying up and will ensure that the roof and guttering is all safe. It will also include blocking any holes that were allowing bird into the building.

“The council is obviously going to do the work and will hopefully be recompensed by the owner.

“As far as I can see at the moment he is reluctant or refusing to do the work.”

A contractor has been appointed and work commenced on the building on Monday, March 28