Greenock Telegraph

Three dead


THREE homeless people in Inverclyde died last year according to latest statistics.

Figures from National Records of Scotland show that the number of people without a permanent roof over their head who are estimated to have passed away in 2021 was three, a fall from the previous year’s total of seven.

The drop means that Inverclyde’s estimated death rate per million of population more than halved, but still remains higher than it was prepandemi­c.

Peter Logan and his family have been locked out of their Grieve Road property’s rear patio for more than a year after a dangerous wall was removed by River Clyde Homes.

The fed-up father-of-four says it is a huge safety risk in the event of a fire.

But he fears he could face another long wait for the work to finally be done, having previously waited three years for the housing provider to remove the broken wall in the first place.

He has now contacted independen­t councillor Tommy McVey, who is calling on RCH bosses to step in.

Cllr McVey told the Telegraph the social landlord was failing tenants like Mr Logan by not carrying out repair work quickly enough.

He said: “This is a disgrace and it’s totally unacceptab­le that Mr Logan has had to put up with this level of service for this amount of time

“He and his family are left here in a state of limbo.

“My challenge to River Clyde Homes, to their senior management team, is rather than sitting behind their desk and hiding behind a bland statement from a spokespers­on is to come out and see Mr Logan.

“In my opinion questions need to be asked at a higher level about this.

“I’ve got three RCH cases currently ongoing from 2012, 2016 and 2018 where there are still issues and these tenants are going

Waiting game Logan family with councillor Tommy McVey at the property on Grieve Road into another winter in either problems with drainage and issues In response to Mr Logan and a cold place or a damp house, with plastering. He added: Councillor McVey’s complaints, which is totally unacceptab­le. “I’m going through problem after an RCH spokespers­on promised If River Clyde Homes cannot or problem with this house and that work on the property would will not resolve these issues they I’m still very worried about the begin in the near future. need to give Mr Logan the option safety of my family. They added: “We acknowledg­e of another property. “We could get trapped - if that the works have been delayed,

“As far as I’m aware there’s there’s a fire in the close there’s since the summer, due to no hold up on the council’s side nowhere for us to go. the complexiti­es of the design of things with this work, as I’ve “Not having access also means and manufactur­e of materials. spoken to building control about we don’t have anywhere to hang “Our sub-contractor­s are due it.” our clothes or let the kids out. on-site to commence the replacemen­t

Mr Logan says he has faced a “We need it sorted as soon as works. catalogue of problems with the possible or we need somewhere “It is expected to take four flat since moving in, including better to stay.” weeks to complete.”

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