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Do Not Visit Strathaven Castle
Strathaven Community Council have warned people not to visit a well-known local landmark amid fears over crumbling masonry.
Strathaven Castle, which is regularly visited by tourists and locals, underwent emergency repairs in June of this year, when huge concrete slabs were spotted falling from the structure.
Now, the community council say the problems appear to be higher up on the building.
They have written to South Lanarkshire Council raising concerns about the castle and falling masonry and are advising people against going inside the castle area.
A spokeswoman for the community council said: “The lower masonry and mortar were dealt with fairly rapidly but there continues to be further falls from higher up the castle.
“The community council is monitoring this on an informal basis.”
The castle, which was built around 1350, has been empty for nearly 300 years.
Over the years the walls have collapsed along with its back tower and large sections of the castle are missing. However it remains one of the most recognisable buildings in the town.
South Lanarkshire Council have stated that they will look at the new reports.
A council spokesperson said: “In June of this year, the council undertook emergency repairs to deal with the immediate risk associated with falling mortar from Strathaven Castle.
“We will investigate the latest reports of falling mortar and take appropriate action.
“The council would like to thank Strathaven Community Council for bringing the matter to our attention.”