Views wanted on high-rise axe bid

In­for­ma­tion packs hand-de­liv­ered to res­i­dents

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Res­i­dents in the 18 Monk lands tower blocks ear­marked for the first phase of North La­nark­shire’s pro­posed high- rise de­mo­li­tion project have be­gun re­ceiv­ing hand-de­liv­ered let­ters seek­ing their views.

Dis­tri­bu­tion of in­for­ma­tion packs be­gan on Mon­day, with each of the 900 house­holds re­ceiv­ing the de­tails in per­son from a hous­ing of­fi­cer.

They out­line that, if ap­proved, the first phase of de­mo­li­tion could take up to six years, and el­i­gi­ble house­hold­ers would be en­ti­tled to “home loss” and dis­tur­bance pay­ments.

Coat­bridge blocks High Coats and Dun­beth and Jack­son Courts are in­cluded in the po­ten­tial open­ing phase of the coun­cil’s project, along with the Camp­sie, Che­viot, Etive, Et­trick, Fin­try, Killin, Ne­vis, Pent­land, Sid­law, Striven and Tinto blocks in Shaw­head; plus North­burn Place and Che­viot, Mer­rick and Pent­land Courts in Air­drie.

The packs in­form res­i­dents that: “There are over 1600 flats iden­ti­fied in the ini­tial phase and it is likely to take a num­ber of years to re­house peo­ple and un­der­take the de­mo­li­tion pro­gramme. Some blocks may be de­mol­ished within the next two years – how­ever, we an­tic­i­pate it could take five or six years be­fore all the blocks in the ini­tial phase would be de­mol­ished.”

Open days are tak­ing place next week for res­i­dents to speak to coun­cil of­fi­cials about the pro­pos­als, and all house­hold­ers are be­ing asked to com­plete an opin­ion sur­vey by the end of the month.

Stephen Llewellyn, who is the coun­cil’s head of hous­ing, said: “This is the start of our am­bi­tious plan to trans­form the sky­line of North La­nark­shire and to pro­vide qual­ity mod­ern homes that meet the needs of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“It’s vi­tal that we hear the views from ev­ery res­i­dent and we will take on board their opin­ions, so I would urge ev­ery res­i­dent af­fected to have their say; this will have a ma­jor im­pact on you and your fam­ily, so don’t miss the chance to shape this de­ci­sion.”

The on­line sur­vey is at www. sur­vey­mon­key. co. uk/ r/ build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture, while res­i­dents can email build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture@ north l an. or con­tact hous­ing of­fices for more de­tails.

A re­port will then be com­piled and go be­fore a meet­ing of North La­nark­shire’s hous­ing com­mit­tee to de­ter­mine the way for­ward.

The in­for­ma­tion packs for house­hold­ers add: “At this stage, no fi­nal de­ci­sion has been made. If it is de­cided to go ahead with de­mo­li­tion, you will be con­tacted to dis­cuss your re-hous­ing needs and op­tions.”

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil made the shock an­nounce­ment in De­cem­ber that they aim to de­mol­ish ev­ery tower block over the next two decades in a £500 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion project.

Coun­cil leader Jim Logue had said: “It’s es­sen­tial we do some­thing to re­gen­er­ate these towns, [and] one of the best ways to do that is to have peo­ple again liv­ing in [them] in mod­ern, fitf-or-pur­pose hous­ing.”

First phase Mon­k­lands tow­ers are ear­marked for de­mo­li­tion

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