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Demolition plan for 1,200 homes

Published: 26 Oct 2011 11:0013 comments

INVERCLYDE'S largest social landlord wants residents to see its vision for the future.

DEMOLITION PLAN: The tenements in Bouverie Street in Port Glasgow are set to be demolished.

DEMOLITION PLAN: The tenements in Bouverie Street in Port Glasgow are set to be demolished.

Proposals include demolition programmes, refurbishment and feasibility studies to ensure housing meets national standards.

River Clyde Homes has launched seven Neighbourhood Plans outlining work it wants to carry out in coming years.

Among the 1,200 homes earmarked for demolition are the prominent long row of tenements in Port Glasgow's Bouverie Street, plus the Selkirk, Melrose and Peebles high-rise flats in Belville Street.

The housing association is looking for customers' views before a final set of plans is published in April.

RCH say that while their programme for 2014 and 2015 has not yet been drawn up, it will include remaining core stock that has not been brought up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) - the status all housing associations must meet by 2015.

The landlord currently has three categories of housing stock.

The majority is core stock that will be brought up to the SHQS by 2015.

There are approximately 1,200 properties to be demolished in total.

This leaves just over 1,000 properties that will be subject to feasibility studies.

Lynne Carr, RCH chief executive, said: "We really want customers to give us feedback on the plans and tell us what other things they would like to see included in their area plan."

Drop-in sessions have been organised for tenants in each affected area between 1 and 4pm during the next week.

The drop-ins are: Greenock South on Thursday at Kilblain Court FITRA office; Gourock and Inverkip, Friday, at Riverside Gardens; Lower Port Glasgow, Monday, at 7 1/2 John Wood Street; Kilmacolm and Upper Port Glasgow, Tuesday, at Monkton Place; Greenock East, Wednesday, at Craigend Resource Centre; Greenock South West, Thursday, at Fancy Farm Tenants' Hall and Greenock Town Centre, Friday, at John Galt House.

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