High rise flats set to be pulled down

Picture John Devlin 24/01/11. CUMBERNAULD. Sanctuary Cumbernauld, profile pic of boss Peter Martin.

Picture John Devlin 24/01/11. CUMBERNAULD. Sanctuary Cumbernauld, profile pic of boss Peter Martin.

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LANDMARK high rises which have dominated the town’s skyline for decades are to be demolished.

The 12 tower blocks spanning Seafar and Kildrum will be razed to the ground - after an independent survey of owner occupiers and tenants showed that 72 per cent of respondents backed the move.

They are to be offered new homes in a purpose-built £70 million development created by housing association Sanctuary Cumbernauld.

The organisation has just finished a year-long consultation proces, ending with the ballot.

Of the 402 high-rise owners and tenants who responded, 290 said ‘Yes’ (72 per cent); 80 said ‘No’ (20 per cent); 24 said ‘Don’t Know’ (six per cent); and eight refused to answer (two per cent).

Peter Martin, the director of Sanctuary Cumbernauld, said: “I am absolutely delighted by the reaction of those living in the town’s 12 high-rises.

See this week’s Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle for the full story.