Re­vamp of East Whit­law­burn is to get un­der­way

Nearly 400 homes to be de­mol­ished

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Peo­ple in East Whit­law­burn could be de­canted to tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion in the com­ing months as South La­nark­shire Coun­cil says homes in the scheme will be de­mol­ished next year.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity con­firmed in Oc­to­ber last year that East Whit­law­burn prop­er­ties would be razed to the ground and new homes built in a five-year re­gen­er­a­tion project.

The cur­rent 380 prop­er­ties will be de­mol­ished in phases, as 320 new homes for af­ford­able rent and sale will be built.

The coun­cil this week said work is un­der way to re­house ten­ants that would be af­fected by the first phase of de­mo­li­tion next year.

Daniel Lowe, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of hous­ing at the coun­cil, said: “In con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity the coun­cil is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing de­tailed plans for the re­hous­ing of res­i­dents and phased de­mo­li­tion of ex­ist­ing stock.

“Given the na­ture of this ma­jor re­gen­er­a­tion project, and sub­ject to the re­de­vel­op­ment phas­ing, it is an­tic­i­pated that some house­holds who have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in be­ing re-housed in the area will need to de­cant to al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion ei­ther within or out­with the Whit­law­burn area to en­able new homes to be built.

“At this stage in the process it is not pos­si­ble to pro­vide de­tails of the phas­ing of de­mo­li­tions.

“When plans are fi­nalised ten­ants will be ad­vised on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis by the lo­cal hous­ing team.”

Res­i­dents who want to re­main in East Whit­law­burn will be given pri­or­ity for re­hous­ing in a new build prop­erty in the scheme.

In­for­ma­tion on res­i­dents’ pref­er­ences for hous­ing and the make up of house­holds was gath­ered by the coun­cil ear­lier this year dur­ing a mass con­sul­ta­tion and will be used by hous­ing of­fi­cers to find suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing the de­cant.

Peo­ple who are re­quired to move out of their homes as a re­sult of re­gen­er­a­tion will be com­pen­sated in line with Statu­tory Homeloss and Dis­tur­bance Scheme.

This pro­vides for pay­ment of up to £2,250 com­pris­ing a statu­tory homeloss pay­ment of £1,500 and a dis­cre­tionary dis­tur­bance al­lowance up to £750.

Mr Lowe added: “The coun­cil is keen for as many lo­cal res­i­dents as pos­si­ble to be in­volved in the re­gen­er­a­tion of East Whit­law­burn and will con­tinue to pub­lish reg­u­lar edi­tions of ‘East Whit­law­burn News’.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved should ei­ther phone the Cam­bus­lang hous­ing team on 0303 123 1012 or email hous­ing.cam­bus­lang@ south­la­nark­shire.gov.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.”

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