Originally published on Thursday, May 19.
Water from the roof of a derelict nightclub building on The Landing site is seeping into the business next door causing concern for the owner as it is leaking through the walls close to the electrics.
The water from Roma nightclub in Queen Street is coming through the walls of R H Sands and Sons, a furniture shop next door.
Peter Sands, who runs the shop which has been open for more than 100 years, is concerned it will have to close sooner than anticipated if water damages the electrics.
“I reported to this to the local authority around 18 months ago, and a few people have been to look at it,” he said.
“The water is leaking from the roof of the club and into the back room which is where the electrics are kept, this whole room is damp.”
Roma nightclub was purchased by the council in 2011 and is part of the buildings in Queen Street which will be knocked down for The Landing development.
The developer, London and Aberdeen, is set to buy the remaining buildings with compulsory purchase orders before work on The Landing can begin.
Peter said: “The reason they don’t want to do anything is because they don’t want to spend money fixing it [Roma], because one day it will be knocked down.
“We have no idea when this will be, it could be years away. I think they should knock it down now and then the site could be used for off street parking on Queen Street.
“That might help rejuvenate this side of the town centre a little.”
Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield) confirmed he had visited the site and said: “This isn’t the first time this particular issue with Peter Sands has come up, it’s ongoing. I’ve spoken to property and we’re getting a contractor in to solve it, it’s in and hand and they’re coming tomorrow (Thursday).”
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