Royal Hotel: Community of Fife appeal to owners of C-listed building to clean up site after fire

Concerns are growing over the condition of Dysart’s historic Royal Hotel after a recent fire.

Residents pointed to mounds of debris in the parking lot behind the building that smashed windows and peeling plaster.

The 19th-century C-listed building – once a hugely popular venue with locals and a venue for lively receptions – has been closed for several years and its deterioration is of concern to residents and local community leaders.

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The crumbling and boarded up exterior of the Royal Hotel, Dysart (Photo: Fife Free Press)

The building was purchased by Havit Properties, a Huddersfield-based company established in 2020 with a director, Ms Wadja Kanwal.

She is also the company secretary and no staff are listed on the Companies House website.

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Havit buys and sells property, and documents with the Land Register of Scotland show he bought the Royal Hotel in May 2021 – two years after it closed.

The neglect on the front of the old hotel (Pic: Fife Free Press)

The previous owners went into administration, causing an overnight closure that left many people with reservations for parties in the cold.

The previous owners said the closure also left them homeless and jobless.

In recent months, the hotel has been at the center of a police raid and a fire.

In October 2021, police discovered a cannabis crop estimated at £450,000.

Security grilles cover the windows on the ground floor, while upstairs have been smashed

Officers staged a raid as part of Operation Pinnacle and two men were arrested.

They described transportation as “important.”

In February, emergency services were called to the hotel after a fire broke out.

No one was injured in the fire, but the building sustained some damage.

It is understood that items from inside the hotel have now been dumped in two large piles in the car park which has been secured with a gate at the entrance.

Some windows have been boarded up and others are smashed, while the paint on the facade of the building – which sits on a busy road – is starting to peel.

Local residents raised concerns about vandalism after children were seen playing on the site and expressed concern that vermin could be attracted to the rubbish.

Council officers, including the Safer Communities team, are said to have visited the site with the police.

Local Councilor Ian Cameron shares the community’s concerns and has called on owners to clean up the mess and install CCTV to improve security.

“The longer it goes on, the more concerning it becomes,” he said.

“There are health and safety concerns as children hang around the building.”

Cllr Cameron said the condition of the old hotel underscored the need to ensure companies buying buildings made a clear commitment to safeguarding and developing them.

Highlighting the problems caused by absentee landlords, he added: This needs to be enshrined in legislation. All attempts to contact Ms Kanwal for comment have been unsuccessful.

She does not have a significant online footprint, but has links, including directorships, with several other Huddersfield businesses.

Documents also show that Havit Properties shares a business address with around 83 other companies.

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