First minister sees Pollokshields regeneration plans progress
First minister Nicola Sturgeon joined past and present residents of a Glasgow housing estate yesterday to celebrate the demolition of problem deck access housing.
The Pollokshields Deck Access flats have been plagued for decades by dampness, poor sound and heat insulation, and security problems. Local residents have campaigned for over 10 years to have them demolished and replaced by better housing.
Ms Sturgeon, who is the local MSP for the area, was joined by residents to press the button on the start of the demolition of the unpopular properties. Phase 1 of the demolition programme will affect 15 and 19 St Andrews Drive and 20 St John’s Quadrant.
Dem-Masters Ltd has been commissioned by Southside Housing Association to demolish the first phase of the properties over the next four months. The start of the demolition will mark the beginning of a £26 million regeneration programme led by Southside Housing Association and supported by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.
The programme will see the 272 sub standard houses demolished in three phases over the next four years and replaced by 153 new energy efficient homes. The regeneration plans will also include a new community facility.
Southside Housing Association chairperson, Dorothy Murray, said: “It is great to see the demolition programme begin and we can’t wait to see work commence on the new homes. The Association has worked hard to re-house residents affected by the demolition programme and we appreciate the patience and forbearance of the local community who have been so supportive of our efforts. Our thanks to all those who have worked so tirelessly to make this day a reality.”
Nicola Sturgeon MSP added: “This is the culmination of a long campaign by local residents to improve their housing. I am very pleased to see Southside Housing Association leading the regeneration of the area and I know how much people are looking forward to seeing the work to build new houses start.”