Crum­bling build­ing may force ten­ants from West End home

Evening Times - - NEWS -

THE oc­cu­pants of a West-End ten­e­ment flat may be forced from their home by work to re­pair the crum­bling gable end of the build­ing.

Red sand­stone has fallen from the build­ing at 1 Vini­combe Street, with Heras fenc­ing set-up to stop peo­ple walk­ing be­neath.

Safety con­cerns were dis­cussed at the coun­cil’s li­cens­ing and reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee.

It was con­firmed some ten­ants will be able to re­main in their homes dur­ing the work.

Christopher Sa­gan, land­lord of flat 3/2, ap­peared be­fore the com­mit­tee to re­new his HMO (House in Mul­ti­ple Oc­cu­pa­tion) li­cence and to re­as­sure coun­cil­lors his ten­ants were in no im­me­di­ate dan­ger.

The prop­erty has had an HMO since May 1984.

Mr Sa­gan said some of the red sand­stone has blown away, mean­ing fenc­ing was in­stalled to pro­tect the pub­lic should any ma­sonry fall.

Mem­bers agreed to grant Mr Sa­gan’s HMO for an­other three years and will keep an eye on the sit­u­a­tion.

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