Res­i­dents claim vi­o­lence, drugs and bul­lets at flats

Rutherglen Reformer - - Court - Edel Ke­nealy

Ruther­glen’s Green­hill Court is not a “trou­bled block”, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has said de­spite re­ports of vi­o­lence, drug abuse and bul­lets be­ing found in com­mon areas.

In­stead, the lo­cal author­ity this week said the flats pro­vide high qual­ity hous­ing.

But a cou­ple liv­ing in Green­hill Court with three young chil­dren say it is not a suit­able place to bring up a fam­ily.

The man and woman, who have a toddler and shared cus­tody of two chil­dren, aged 12, and 14, say their chil­dren have al­ready been ex­posed to a cat­a­logue of hor­rific be­hav­iour. Their fa­ther said: “The stuff they are see­ing here, it isn’t nor­mal. They saw a man and woman kick­ing lumps out of each other in front of their two-year-old, and that’s nor­mal around here. They smell weed ev­ery­where they go and junkies uri­nat­ing them­selves in the close.

“If kids grow up see­ing that how are they ex­pected to be bet­ter peo­ple, if that’s some­how seen as nor­mal?

“There is a big gar­den but they can’t play in case they find nee­dles or any­thing else. My child found bul­lets there. I took them to the po­lice, they said they were for rab­bit­ing guns. It was a blank fir­ing round with a plas­tic cap on it. If they can shoot a rab­bit with it they can cause her dam­age.”

The con­stant fear of vi­o­lence and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour means the man will not leave his part­ner and chil­dren home alone at night and has ar­ranged his shifts at work to ac­com­mo­date this.

He has asked South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to move his fam­ily to a more peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment.

“We have been ask­ing for a move for three years, not long af­ter we moved here,” he said.

“We moved here from the home­less list, they said as soon as you move in you can put your­self on the list. She said this is a stop gap.”

“I per­son­ally think that peo­ple with kids should be moved out of here as the things they see, hear and smell does not en­cour­age them to grow up and thrive in life.”

Daniel Lowe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hous­ing re­sources at the coun­cil, said: “The coun­cil has found no ev­i­dence of drug use in Green­hill Court com­mon areas, and any such re­ports are im­me­di­ately fol­lowed up by the on-site care­tak­ing ser­vice and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices.

“The coun­cil re­futes the sug­ges­tion Green­hill Court is a ‘trou­ble block’, and fol­low­ing a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme sev­eral years ago, Green­hill Court pro­vides high qual­ity hous­ing within a set­tled com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion, the coun­cil li­aise reg­u­larly with the lo­cal ten­ants’ as­so­ci­a­tion over any par­tic­u­lar is­sues to deal with them as they arise.

“Res­i­dents can be as­sured the coun­cil will con­tinue to take prompt action to tackle any anti-so­cial be­hav­iour caused by any res­i­dent or vis­i­tor. We would en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­port any prob­lems to the coun­cil’s Anti-So­cial Be­hav­iour Hot­line on 0800-389-1105 or the out of hours noise team on 0800-242024 or Po­lice Scot­land on 101.

“South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is aware that this fam­ily wish to be re-housed into a larger prop­erty and should they wish any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on their hous­ing op­tions should con­tact the lo­cal hous­ing team on 0303 123 1012.”

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