Ten­ants fears’ as B-listed homes come un­der threat

‘ACHA has left them for so long some are prob­a­bly not re­pairable’

Campbeltown Courier - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Davey edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

not mov­ing. Cer­tainly not to New Par­lia­ment Place – it is like the Bronx. ‘One of my neigh­bours who is 85 has been cry­ing. She has been in her home for more than 50 years. ‘ACHA has left them for so long some are prob­a­bly not re­pairable.’ The Scots ba­ro­nial style es­tate was de­signed by revered Glas­gow ar­chi­tect Henry Ed­ward Clifford, be­fore his 1932 death and fi­nally con­structed in 1939. Ini­tially the flats were the liv­ing quar­ters for HMS Landrail in World War Two. ACHA chief ex­ec­u­tive Alas­tair MacGre­gor said: ‘The as­so­ci­a­tion ul­ti­mately wishes to build be­tween 16 and 20 high-qual­ity new homes to meet hous­ing need in Camp­bel­town, in­clud­ing ex­ist­ing res­i­dents.’ He added that ACHA’s de­vel­op­ments at Park Square and New Par­lia­ment Place set a prece­dent. Dal­in­to­ber Es­tate ten­ants were stunned to find out at 5pm on a Fri­day that their B-listed homes may be de­mol­ished. The day af­ter its board meet­ing, Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA) de­liv­ered a let­ter to ten­ants stat­ing: ‘The de­ci­sion was taken by our board to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity fur­ther, of be­ing able to gain per­mis­sion from His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land to get the build­ings de-listed and to then ap­ply for per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish the build­ings.’ Ten­ant Ca­role Anne Shields said: ‘My daugh­ter phoned me at work and said “Mum why are we be­ing put out of our house? I thought we were safe”.’ ‘ACHA has al­ready bought back three prop­er­ties from own­ers,’ added Ms Shields. ‘They will be tak­ing the bricks down about me. I am

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