A DERELICT Dundee shopping centre has been labelled an “eyesore” after becoming a target for vandals.
Lack of progress in plans to demolish the building has caused frustration, according to a community leader.
The Whitfield Shopping Centre has been branded an eyesore by North East councillor Brian Gordon.
With the building lying completely empty since November, the councillor says the building has been subject to vandalism and is frustrated a demolition date has not been made.
Mr Gordon said: “It’s becoming a complete eyesore now. It was always a target for vandalism but there was less chance of it happening because of the two shops that were there until very recently.
“Now those shops have gone there is more opportunity for people to damage the property. It’s much harder to monitor what is going on there since. With the building just sitting there empty, it is starting to become very frustrating that there has been no progression. We have a site where nothing is happening.”
Mr Gordon also admitted further frustration as a bus shelter could not be erected near the shopping centre as its location was too close to the site.
He has since called for the landlords, Douglas Shelf Seven, to come to an agreement with the council as soon as they can.
The sooner an agreement has been made, the sooner other developments can commence.
“There is a lack of a bus shelter in the area, especially for those living in the old folks’ home who use buses frequently. But I have been told it can’t be put there due to the shelter being too close to the site,” said Mr Gordon.
The building was earmarked for demolition in December 2014 and plans were put in place to transform the site into sustainable housing.
Since then, the last two tenants of the property were given notice to leave, with the last shop closing in October.
The Chinese Takeaway, Jade Gardens, has since moved into new premises at the old Whitfield social club.
A council spokesman said: “A report on the tender for the demolition contract will be considered by the city development committee shortly.”
The owners of the building were approached for comment but could not be reached.