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New Cumnock embarks on spring tidy up with demolition spree

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March 28 2011

New Cumnock embarks on spring tidy up with demolition spree
New Cumnock, runner up in the 2009 Carbuncle Awards, has set itself on the path to redemption with the demolition of the eyesore Tam o’ Shanter cafe.

The decaying hulk of the roadside eaterie had served as an intimidating first impression for visitors and its demise has been welcomed by locals.

Its demolition follows close on the heels of a dilapidated shop at Afton, Bridgend.

Geoff Crolley, a local resident and historian, said: “This is great news for New Cumnock.  The burned out cafe has been an eyesore for far too long.”

Urban Realm hosted a design seminar for New Cumnock at the time which envisaged contraction of the town to re-focus upon its historic High Street.
New Cumnock has been under the weather in recent years but locals are hopeful of a brighter future
New Cumnock has been under the weather in recent years but locals are hopeful of a brighter future
Tam o'Shanty is no more
Tam o'Shanty is no more

5 Comments

Geoff
#1 Posted by Geoff on 29 Mar 2011 at 17:09 PM
I would prefer to say - New Cumnock, "Runner Down" in the 2009 Carbuncle Awards, has set itself on the path to redemption.
Two eyesores have been demolished, one sitting on the bank of river Afton the other at the northern entrance to the town. Plans have been passed and a building warrant has been given to the owners who intend to build a state of the art Truck Stop on the Tam o' Shanter land.
Three local Co-operative owned buildings have been sold, so let's hope that the new owners help to regenerate this wee toon. Demolition is not always the answer.
Geoff
#2 Posted by Geoff on 9 Apr 2011 at 12:24 PM
All the papers have been signed as far as I've been lead to believe but the Tam o'Shanter owners are still waiting for confirmation. Two months later? Come on!!!
Jim
#3 Posted by Jim on 25 May 2011 at 18:35 PM
'Trotter's' recently sold for allegedly about £7000, now back on the market for £30000, nice profit if they can get it, development, I doubt it, too much to renovate or to demolish, so I guess it will remain the way it is, an eyesore.
Geoff
#4 Posted by Geoff on 1 Nov 2012 at 15:49 PM
New Cumnock Main Street:

I'm told that:
the owner of Trotters still intends to open up as a business.
The other two ex-cooperative buildings owners "have plans".
The council have given a one year lease of the open air swimming pool to Afton Water Leisure (volunteer group).
The Community Centre, The Library, The Games Hall, The Town Hall, all may be closed soon due to asbestos and lack of money.
Looks like a Carbuncle volunteer.
Geoff Crolley
#5 Posted by Geoff Crolley on 11 Jul 2017 at 11:40 AM
I'm disappointed that Urban Realm haven't done a follow-up story on New Cumnock.
The main street "Castle" now has a square to be proud of, with an art deco open air swimming pool, car parking, community garden and refurbished Town Hall.
2017 is the wee toon's Golden Year and she now lives up to her name - new meeting place.

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