Jimmy Saviles house of horrors where he abused victims to be demolished
New plans to demolish Jimmy Savile's Schottish Highlands home, where he abused young victims, have been submitted.
The disgraced paedo telly star lived in the house at Allt-na-Reigh in Glencoe from 1998 until he died in 2011. It's thought that he abused 20 victims there.
Harris Aslam, who runs Eros Retail, has now bought the cottage. Aslam asked locals for their thoughts on what should be done with the property after locals slammed his 2021 plans for the site, as reported by Daily Record.
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Aslam and his family have put forward new plans for the house through their company, Glencoe Cottage Ltd. The architect said in a statement: "It is a location which contains some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer, yet despite this, the vandalism demonstrates a feeling towards the property, born from a disgraced previous owner, in spite of the fact that another previous owner was the renowned Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes.
"This conflict between the location and the connection to one of the previous owners was highlighted when VisitScotland used an image of the property with the 'Three Sisters of Glencoe' in the background to promote the area, only to have to remove the image admitting it had been posted in error due to the negative reaction it received from the public."
A VisitScotland spokesperson said: "Our social media channels are used to inspire people to visit Scotland, because of this we often share stunning images taking by visitors to our country. In error, we shared on Instagram an image depicting snow-capped mountains in Glencoe which also contained a building.
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"We later decided to remove it in case it caused any offence. The dwelling is the only residential building in the immediate vicinity and is located along the main road through the Glencoe valley with an ever changing, dramatic landscape either side of the road.
"The closest town is Glencoe, approximately 6 miles to the west along the A82. With the well publicised history of the existing dwelling casting a shadow over the site, the client felt a contemporary approach was needed in contrast to the existing cottage which sits on the site."
Aslam plans to demolish the cottage, but said that the replacement would be more 'sympathetic' to the surroundings. He intends to call the outbuilding 'Hamish House' after MacInnes, who created the Terrordactyl ice axe and the Macinnes stretcher, used by mountain rescue teams worldwide, on the site.
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The cottage was bought for a reported £335,000 by the family of retail tycoon Mr Aslam – with previous plans to flatten the current cottage and replace it with a futuristic new-build 'family home' – however they were met with a flood of objections.
After Savile's death in 2011, his two-bedroom bungalow was auctioned off and bought for £212,000. The buyer had plans to live there but it was later purchased by Mr Aslam's family.
Over time, the cottage has been vandalised with various slogans, including "paedo" and "Jimmy the beast". These were painted over in an attempt to deter further damage.
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Savile first discovered the cottage during a cycling holiday in 1944. The infamous DJ even hosted Prince Charles for dinner at the property, which also featured in the controversial Louis Theroux documentary, 'When Louis Met Jimmy'.
Locals remember Savile as an 'attention seeker' who would stroll around Glencoe village in a Highland kilt, waving at passing tourists. One local man recalled asking for Savile's autograph and receiving a strange message about 'lost girls' visiting him instead.
If approved, work on the new project could start next year, with a plaque to honour MacInnes's achievements. Aslam stated: "We are pleased to have submitted a revised planning application to Highland council for the demolition of the existing cottage and replacement with an alternative residence sympathetic to the prestigious surroundings.
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"The proposed design of the property has been influenced by feedback from several consultations with key stakeholders including Mountaineering Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Highland council and most importantly, the local community.
"This really is an incredibly exclusive property and presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop something we can all be very proud of as adorers of the Glencoe valley."
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