New attempt to tackle scourge of fires at former Dundee hospital

The former Strathmartine Hospital on fire in May

A multi-agency investigation has been launched to tackle the scourge of reckless and deliberate fires at the abandoned Strathmartine Hospital.

Scottish Fire and Rescue, Police Scotland and Angus Council plan to visit the site outside Dundee in support of a joint assessment to see what further action can be taken to put an end to the potentially fatal fireraising.

The former hospital was decommissioned in stages from the mid-1980s and the site has taken a pounding by vandals and firebugs since it finally closed in 2003.

Monifieth and Sidlaw Lib Dem councillor Ben Lawrie said he believes the priority should be to find a use for the site “before one of these fire-starting numpties seriously hurts themselves”.

He added: “It’s encouraging and a testament to the awareness-raising work of the fire service that fires in the Strathmartine Hospital area have halved since the last quarter.

“There is still more work to be done though, as these recurring deliberate fires are dangerous, they pose a risk to listed buildings and, frankly, the local community is sick and fed up with them happening again and again.

“I asked the fire service about the cross-border initiatives with our Dundee partners that are in place to tackle this problem and was reassured by the work they’re doing.

“A site visit with building standards and Police Scotland has also been organised in support of a joint assessment to see what further actions can be taken and I hope that we can put an end to this soon.”