Bulldozers move in on problem flats

A BLOCK of flats branded the worst in Cumbernauld were finally demolished last week after years of complaints.

Tuesday, 8th June 2010, 6:38 pm

The bulldozers moved in to raze the 1960s-built block in Fleming Road, which had become a magnet for troublemakers intent on boozing, drug abuse and even squatting on the premises.

Having been branded unfit for purpose years ago, the block lay largely unoccupied with disgruntled residents having to be re-housed.

Owners Sanctuary Housing now intend to replace the flats with a new eco-friendly development of 31 homes, bringing more affordable housing to the area, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government.

A shop will also be built on the site and building work is set to begin over the summer.

Peter Martin, director of Sanctuary Cumbernauld, said: "We were delighted to demolish this building as we continue to deliver on our plans to provide more affordable housing for the residents of Cumbernauld.

"We now look forward to starting the new development and would like to thank local residents for their patience during this work."

MSP Cathie Craigie welcomed the demolition of the derelict building

She said: ''This block had more than its fair share of visits from the police. The people who live here are looking forward to getting their community back."

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said: "This is great news for people in Cumbernauld looking for affordable rented housing."