Aberdeen City Council has served a dangerous building notice on the owner of Broadford Works in Aberdeen, which has recently been the target of several wilful fire-raising and vandalism incidents.
Ian Suttie, who has an estimated wealth of £450m and has been described as Scotland's 12th richest man, has until July 30 to comply with the notice.
The council's community safety and building standards team have been working jointly with Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and Mr Suttie to address the recent increase in incidents of fire-raising and vandalism at the derelict site.
Two boys, aged 12 and 13, were charged with starting several fires at the disused factory earlier this month.
The council's report has now been presented to Mr Suttie, and highlights measures which will reduce unauthorised access by a combination of security fencing, infilling access points and introducing security monitoring.
Additionally, the owner will be required to deal with reducing hazards by the infilling of open lift shafts, removal of dangerous gantries and protection of open manholes and pits, Suitable warning signage will also have to be placed around the perimeter of the site to warn the public of the dangers.
Mr Suttie has just over a month to adhere to these demands. During this period, the council's community safety team has introduced CCTV monitoring and the city wardens have increased patrols around the site. Their unanimous message is that unauthorised access to the premises presents a significant danger and risk of serious injury.
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