Time for action on older council houses

Time for action on older council houses

A call for quicker action to upgrade the older houses in Rutherglen and Cambuslang was made by Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown at South Lanarkshire’s Budget meeting on Thursday. Councillor Brown was speaking as the Council approved a major expansion of its new house building programme.

After the meeting, Robert Brown said:

“The Council has done good work with the regeneration packages in areas like Fernhill and Cathkin, with recladding and energy efficiency, and with internal improvements. But this has left behind a lot of older houses in Blairbeth, Spittal, Fernhill, Cathkin and Springhall in my ward as well as similar houses in Cambuslang and other areas. Some of these houses need renewal of things like roofs, windows  and roughcasting. The old roughcasting is routinely grey and tired beside the new housing. Many people understood that this would be dealt with as part of the regeneration of these areas.

Springhall has a major challenge with the outside environment. We have got the Council to do comprehensive improvements to close mouths, bin shelter areas, back courts etc in some parts – but, at the present rate, it will take much more than a decade to complete. People pay rent and are entitled to a decent environment around their homes.

There is a strong demand for additional new housing, but it is important to give a fair deal too to existing householders. My call was for this to have a higher priority within the Council’s spending plans and for a faster rate of action on these older houses.”

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