Hope that the Royal Hotel may soon be occupied

The Royal Hotel in Castle Street.

The Royal Hotel in Castle Street.

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There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for Forfar’s former Royal Hotel as it becomes an increasing eyesore in the town centre.

The hotel has been closed since June, 2010 when owners Oxford Hotels and Inns put an end to its 300-year history.

Since then, the building has lain dormant on Castle Street with many hoping that a new owner or tenant would be in place sooner rather than later.

Despite some talk of a takeover, little has actually happened in the three years since it closed but now there appears to be a chance that the hotel will soon be occupied.

David Irvine, regional director of Oxford Hotels and Inns, said: “We have had a couple of people viewing the hotel recently and there is a lot of local interest in purchasing the property.

“But we remain proactive in seeking a tenant or freeholder for the Royal Hotel.”

Mr Irvine also commented on the rumours of a rat infestation at the hotel which have been sweeping through the town in recent weeks.

He said: “That is just rumours at work, there is no rat infestation at the hotel.

“I visit the site myself monthly and I have a security firm checking the site weekly - this is a matter that would come to their attention on their walk round and they would raise this with me.”

Isobel Ross, Forfar Community Council chairwoman, was delighted to hear that there may be a new tenant in the Royal Hotel soon.

The community council has been vocal in its dismay about the state of the building since it closed. It has condemned the apparent lack of attention from hotel owners Oxford Hotels and Inns, hitting out at the apparent double standards shown by the company which also owns the impressive Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

Mrs Ross said: “I think that would be great for the town.

“Forfar desperately needs a hotel and the Royal, being right in the town centre, is the perfect location for that.

“I do appreciate that a lot of work will need to be done to the building before it goes back into use but I hope something happens soon.”

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