Left in the dark during midnight evacuation
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