Hotel will close its doors

VICTORIOUS residents are celebrating after three councils pledged to stop sending homeless people to live in a controversial hotel in their community.

East Renfrewshire, Eat Dunbartonshire and South Lanarkshire councils have now all pledged to stop using the Queen’s Park Hotel.

And it is hoped the Balvicar Street facility could revert back to traditional accommodation.

Southside councillor Danny Alderslowe, who has been fighting for Queen’s Park residents for years, said: “It was worrying to residents. At the meetings the councils didn’t seem to know about the anti-social behaviour — it seems no one is feeding back information about what is happening to these clients.

“This is a really welcome development and we felt it was a very productive meeting.

“Hopefully this will go some way to limiting crime in the area”.

As reported previously in The Extra, Glasgow city council have been trying to shut down the operation.

It was previously owned by millionaire businessman Alistair McKever. He also owned other properties in Balvicar Street, including the crime-ridden Parkview hostel, that closed after a residents’ campaign.

At number 32, he bought up nearly all of a block of luxury flats, some of which were rented out to stag and hen groups.

But in 2009 the McKever Hotel Group went into administration with debts of £70 million.

The change of hotel ownership boosted hopes the business would close — but its new owner continued to house homeless people.

Now, following a meeting organised by councillor Alderslowe, EDC has pledged to stop using the hotel as soon as possible and said it had only one client living there.

ERC said the authority will no longer use the hotel for new residents needing accommodation.

And SLC, the most frequent user of the hotel, is to work towards finding alternative accommodation.