Further adjournment to Leslie CPO case

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A PUBLIC enquiry held at Balbirnie House Hotel to decide the fate of a derelict house in Leslie has been adjourned for a second time.

The Scottish Government appointed Reporter, Trevor Croft listened to a impassioned plea from the wife of John Mowbray, the believed owner of the C-listed, two-storey property at 222 High Street situated in the heart of the town’s conservation area.

In a plea to which Mr Croft later referred to as ‘vociferous,’ Mrs Mowbray told the hearing that she had been ‘stressed to the maximum’ over the long running dispute regarding the property and also said: “We deserve legal representation, it is out right, we are not professionals like those representing Fife council, therefore we should be entitled to proper representation ourselves.”

The property, which is widely believed to have lain empty for 20 years has been at the centre of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) with Fife Council originally having applied for a CPO in 2006.

Solicitor, Frazer Munroe representing the local authority agreed to the request for a further adjournment, now re-scheduled for June 12.

Mr Croft advised Mr Mowbray that this eight week period would be the last chance he would be given to appoint representation.