Glasgow: Demolition plans for former council housing

GHA

Two-thirds of Maryhill’s former council houses are to be torn down.

Glasgow Housing Association is set to demolish most of its flats in Maryhill over the next nine years.

The demolition decision was rubber stamped at an 11th February meeting of the GHA’s Local Housing Organisation committee in Maryhill – a group of selected local tenants.

Most of the cleared land will be sold to developers to build private houses for sale.

To be demolished:
libcom arrow for bullet points All of The Valley
libcom arrow for bullet points All of Gairbraid
libcom arrow for bullet points All three blocks of the Glenavon multi storey flats
libcom arrow for bullet points Three of the five Lyndale blocks – 9, 11, 15 Lyndale Road

To be kept:
libcom arrow for bullet points Cumlodden estate
libcom arrow for bullet points Shiskine Drive
libcom arrow for bullet points Fingal Street
libcom arrow for bullet points Two of the five Lyndale blocks – 1 Lyndale Place and 5 Lyndale Road

Rights

If your flat is scheduled for demolition you have a right to be re-housed in a like-for-like flat, with normally three different offers allowed. You are not guaranteed a local move. Housing space needs are taken into account – so single people may not get more than a two apartment, even if they are moving from a larger flat.
As with everything else, the more you stand up and fight, the better the offer you end up getting. Courts will not grant large numbers of eviction decrees for a demolition.

GHA say they hope they will be able to build new back and front door houses for tenants in the cleared sites. GHA admit that about half of the cleared land will be given over to private housing developments, but say they hope to get enough rented housing to let about half of the current tenants back in.

The GHA plan calls for half of the cleared site to be sold to private developers, with enough new rented houses and flats built on the rest to re-house half of the cleared tenants. But uncertainty surrounds the numbers, with funding for new build not yet agreed.

Action

A Maryhill Tenants Action Group is being proposed to help ensure a good deal for affected tenants – contact us for more details on mobile: 0793 238 7757 or email: burghangel.news[ at] googlemail.com.