Tam Paton bedroom bulldozed after ‘seedy’ history

Tam Paton at the house in 1975
Tam Paton at the house in 1975
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THE bedroom where Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton slept in his sprawling mansion has been demolished by the property’s new owner in a bid to erase its “seedy” history.

Edinburgh developer James Ford snapped up the five-bedroom home in Gogar for a cut- price £410,000 after estate agents ­struggled to find a buyer.

The sauna, containing the plunge pool where the controversial convicted sex offender Rollers boss was found dead, has also been levelled.

The developer has gutted the interior decor, which was “stuck in the 1970s”, to make it “unrecognisable” from the home where Paton lived for 35 years before his death in 2009.

When he died, Paton weighed 25 stone and was sharing the house – which was once valued at £1.1 ­million – with a number of young men and several ­rottweilers and ­Staffordshire bull terriers.

The building work, which includes adding a master bedroom on a newly created second floor, is expected to take another year to complete.

Mr Ford, who owns Apex Developments, bought the property in December last year for £210,000 below the asking price, and hopes the renovations could make it worth £1m.

James Baillie, contracts director with Apex Developments, which is carrying out the work, said: “The master bedroom where Paton slept has already been demolished. It was seedy and we got rid of it because of its history. We wanted to erase the past.

“The sauna, where Tam Paton died, and the gym have also been knocked down for the same reason.

“The interior decor looked seedy, stuck in the 1970s and 1980s, and is being completely gutted. If Tam Paton walked into that house now he would not recognise the place. We are transforming it into a completely modern home.”

The home, known as Little ­Kellerstain, was built by Paton for £29,000 in 1974. It stands in more than half an acre of ground close to Edinburgh Airport.

Mr Baillie added: “The property is being completely changed around. The house had a flat roof, which can bring all kinds of problems, and we’re putting in a pitched roof. A master bedroom is being added upstairs, south-facing to offer beautiful views out across the Pentlands.

“Tam Paton sought permission to carry out the same work, but the council refused his application a number of years ago.

“There was a reluctance for ­people to buy the property because of its history and associations, but it was such a great deal and a great development opportunity we had no choice.”

The developer is hoping to finish the renovation work next November, although Mr Ford has not decided whether to live in the property or sell it.

Paton, who oversaw the Rollers’ rise to fame, died from a heart attack aged 70.

By then he had amassed a fortune of nearly £2.7m and left it to charity. He served three years in jail after being convicted in 1982 of sex offences against two boys aged 16 and 17.

He was convicted of drug ­dealing in 2004 after £26,000 of cannabis was found at his home, but was cleared on appeal.

In 2003, former Rollers guitarist Pat McGlynn claimed Paton had tried to rape him in an Australian hotel in 1977, but police said there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

A city council spokeswoman said: “The planning application to demolish part of the building and extend up into the attic was approved.”