Furious residents call for major repairs at Kirkintilloch flats

Photograph Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch. Scott McPherson and residents hitting out that work to their building has not been carried out by the council properly.
Photograph Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch. Scott McPherson and residents hitting out that work to their building has not been carried out by the council properly.

ANGRY residents have called on council chiefs to carry out major repairs to their historic building after claiming defects were not dealt with.

In 2010, East Dunbartonshire Council spent £117,000 of public and private funding on repairs to 16 Eastside, Kirkintilloch.

But they claim that structural and other defects were not dealt with. It was only when Scott McPherson had a survey carried out earlier this year when he wanted to sell his home that the issues were flagged up.

He said that a gable end of the building is in a bad state of repair with damp coming through the roof, chimneys have been capped and not vented, and one of the properties has cracks in the walls.

The building includes eight properties and a chip shop.

Mr McPherson said: “The council carried out a conditional survey, but never seen the structure defects. And they never applied for building warrants.

“Until I had the survey done in June, I was under the impression that the building was water tight and the repairs had been done.

“We want them to do the repairs. We can’t get a meeting with the council to discuss it.”

However, Diane Campbell, director of governance and regulation, said: “In 2010, under the common repair scheme, the council paid out £117k in grant funding to owners of 16 Eastside.

“The work carried out to the roof of the property is not structural work but is considered repair work, which does not require Building Warrant approval.

“Building Standards have had no reports regarding any problems with dampness or any other ‘structural’ defects, if we are made aware of any such complaints we will of course investigate them.”

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