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CONTENTIOUS plans to transform the ruined “Dracula” fortress of Slains Castle into holiday apartments have been resurrected – eight years after locals first warned that the development will “drive a stake through the heart” of the historic landmark.
In 2004, developers the Slains Partnership, sparked a public outcry when they first unveiled plans to restore the ruins – said to have provided the inspiration for Count Dracula’s Transylvanian fortress – and turn them into 35 holiday apartments. One local resident said: “To inhabit the castle would destroy its very being – a sharpened stake driven through its very heart.”
“At the moment the castle is crumbling and is fenced off and local people would like that to change. But I don’t think the idea of turning the castle into holiday homes was particularly popular. We would like to see a development in keeping with the character of the place.”