Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Spring­hall must not be left be­hind in South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s pro­gramme of re­gen­er­a­tion, a Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor has said.

Robert Brown says that there are pock­ets of hous­ing in the scheme and other ar­eas which are call­ing out for in­vest­ment and re­fur­bish­ment.

He spoke out as South La­nark­shire Coun­cil agreed its 2017-2022 hous­ing strat­egy which in­cluded plans for 1,000 new houses and mass re­gen­er­a­tion of ar­eas such as East Whit­law­burn.

Coun­cil­lor Brown said he recog­nised work was go­ing in Spit­tal and Quar­ry­knowe, but said that the pace of re­pairs must be sped up.

“Ar­eas like Spring­hall have ma­jor en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems with things like back courts, close mouths, slab­bing, bin shel­ters and lock ups as well as some struc­tural is­sues like roof or bal­cony prob­lems,” he said.

“Through­out ar­eas like Fern­hill, Blair­beth, Spit­tal and Cathkin, there are pock­ets of older houses – ten­e­ments par­tic­u­larly but also other house types – which need in­vest­ment.

“The out­side ap­pear­ance of the houses looks tired with old rough­cast­ing, longterm lack of paint­ing of closes, rail­ings and pan­els and so forth.

“The coun­cil’s plans for planned main­te­nance on things like paint­ing and gut­ter re­pairs seem to have slipped badly.

“My view is that this is about peo­ple’s homes and that ten­ants are en­ti­tled to ex­pect the coun­cil to keep them in a good qual­ity con­di­tion.

“We know the pres­sure for build­ing new houses and that is im­por­tant – but it is no use if the older houses are not at­tended to.”

How­ever, Daniel Lowe, di­rec­tor of hous­ing at the coun­cil, said that the lo­cal author­ity had in­vested £500mil­lion in im­prov­ing hous­ing stock since 2004.

He added: “This in­vest­ment has been made across the full range of the hous­ing stock and has in­cluded kitchens and bath­room up­grades, ex­ter­nal fab­ric and roof­ing works as well as a num­ber of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures such as heat­ing and

Run down Com­mu­nal ar­eas in Spring­hall need at­ten­tion

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