Families scared to stay in their own homes

Burns Court
Burns Court

Worried tenants say they are scared to stay in their homes following ongoing problems with vandalism and youth disorder.

The properties in Burns Court, Kirkintilloch, have door entry intercoms which have been broken for some time - leaving the close open for anyone to get in.

Residents say a flat has been broken into, there have been fights, vandalism, a new couch was set on fire and young people hang around drinking and smoking.

Despite raising the issue with the council, householders claim they are refusing to fix the doors and lights.

A mum whose daughter lives in one of the flats said: “It’s a complete nightmare. The housing department said they fixed the doors and not long after they were broken again.

“New couches were delivered and as one was being taken upstairs, the other couch was set on fire.

“My daughter is scared to stay there. The housing department needs to fix the doors.”

Residents in Burns Court have previously raised similar concerns.

Grace Irvine, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of neighbourhood services, said the council takes its responsibility to its tenants “very seriously”.

She added: “There has been serious and sustained vandalism of the closes and door entry systems and these have been repaired on a number of occasions.

“The majority of existing door entry systems have now been vandalised beyond repair. There is a tendering process under way for the supply and fitting of new door entry systems together with rewiring for the 52 flats.

“It is hoped the new systems will be installed from the summer onwards and we will be writing to tenants to keep them informed.