Rumours that the company brought in to demolish the Stuart Hotel have been dumping rubble from the building illegally have been refuted this week.
East Kilbride-based Enviro-Clean, who were drafted in by the G1 Group after South Lanarkshire Council ordered the immediate demolition of the Stuart Hotel on safety grounds, were accused of dumping the rubble on an unlicensed site in Stonehouse.
However, the claims have been quashed not only by the company but by the council and other statutory bodies involved.
Enviro-Clean managing director Jim McLuskey told the News the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) had been in touch with them following demolition of the hotel.
SEPA, he added, had made three visits to their sites and appeared to be happy with the way their work was being carried out.
Jim told the News: “We were called in at very short notice to demolish the Stuart Hotel. Asbestos safety checks were carried out prior to the start of work and we were given the all clear to start demolition.
“Rubble from the hotel was taken to the licensed site at Paterson’s at Mount Vernon. At the same time we were working on two jobs in Stonehouse. One was infilling an old railway line to create an access road and the other removing soil and laying hardcore on the site of a new school. We will potentially be bringing in more infill and soil.
“In the former we found discarded needles and super lager cans, so once the site is filled it should improve the area for local residents. However, people seem to have put two and two together and come up with 22. It seems to be a hazard of our trade.”
A spokesman for the council said they had made site visits to both the former Stuart Hotel site in East Kilbride and the sites in Stonehouse. He added: “The material from the demolition of the hotel is going to a licensed waste disposal facility and the hardcore on the Stonehouse site appears to be quarried hardcore. Therefore, there are currently no environmental health issues on either site.”
A spokesman from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said they had received a complaint relating to Enviro-Clean transporting waste material to a site near Stonehouse.Their investigations were ongoing and they would be able to provide further details of this investigation, which aims to ensure any waste management issues are being dealt with appropriately, upon its completion.”
As the News goes to press on Tuesday, the road, closed to make way for the demolition of the hotel, was due to reopen.