Left in the dark dur­ing mid­night evac­u­a­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

Res­i­dents of a block of flats in Ruther­glen who were evac­u­ated in the mid­dle of the night by riot po­lice have hit out at the coun­cil over a “lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion”.

Res­i­dents of the block on To­ry­glen Road were told to leave their homes by po­lice at around mid­night on Fri­day, July 24.

One of the flats on the third floor was on fire.

While po­lice and fire ser­vices dealt with the in­ci­dent, res­i­dents were left out­side their homes be­fore be­ing told to make their way to Burn­hill Sports Cen­tre.

A 41-year-old man was ar­rested and charged with a breach of the peace and cul­pa­ble and reck­less con­duct fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

How­ever res­i­dents have hit out at the or­gan­i­sa­tion and said they were left stand­ing out side for hours.

One man, who did not wish to be named said: “We were told from al­most the start that ho­tels for all the res­i­dents would be ‘ar­ranged’ how­ever it took three hours or maybe longer to ap­pre­hend the man in ques­tion and at this time we were told to walk 200 yards to the lo­cal sports cen­tre in Burn­hill.

“I must say be­tween all these ser­vices and com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence I felt that the or­gan­i­sa­tion was ap­palling.”

Sev­eral res­i­dents said they had lodged com­plaints with the coun­cil prior to the in­ci­dent.

Ann Gee, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Tech­ni­cal Re­sources, said: “The coun­cil opened up the Burn­hill Sports Cen­tre for lo­cal res­i­dents to ac­cess fol­low­ing the evac­u­a­tion which took place in To­ry­glen Road in the early hours of Fri­day, July 24. A to­tal of 11 res­i­dents went along to the Burn­hill Sports Cen­tre while oth­ers chose to re­main at the po­lice cordon out­side the block. Ar­range­ments were also made for tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion to be avail­able to any res­i­dents who may have re­quired this as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, how­ever all res­i­dents were able to re­turn home that morn­ing.

“One neigh­bour­ing prop­erty was dam­aged as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent and hous­ing staff have been in on­go­ing con­tact with the ten­ant of this prop­erty to carry out the nec­es­sary re­pairs. The Hous­ing Of­fi­cer for the area has made con­tact with all the res­i­dents within the block and has of­fered ad­vice and as­sis­tance to them in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent.

“I can con­firm there were no pre­vi­ous anti-so­cial com­plaints made to the Coun­cil in re­la­tion to the male res­i­dent of the flat prior to the events of July 24, 2015.”

The Girl Guides will be at Cam­bus­lang Park this week­end look­ing for vol­un­teers to help run their var­i­ous branches.

Any­one over the age of 18 who has an in­ter­est in work­ing with chil­dren can be a leader with Girl­guid­ing. Train­ings are or­gan­ised - mostly within the units. How­ever some are ar­ranged within the County.

Cam­bus­lang is a di­vi­sion within West La­nark­shire. All vol­un­teers re­quire to be dis­closed and join the PVG Scheme in line will all other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volv­ing chil­dren.

This is ar­ranged lo­cally by Girl­guid­ing. In­ci­dent The block of flats on To­ry­glen Road where peo­ple were evac­u­ated in the mid­dle of the night

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