Residents of Johnstone Castle are being offered another opportunity to have their say on council housing regeneration plans for the area.
A further consultation event is being held to allow residents to ask questions and give their views on proposals to demolish 288 tenement properties and replace them with new terraced and semi-detached houses.

The next drop-in session will be held on Wednesday 23rd April 2014, between 1pm and 4pm, in Johnstone Castle community centre.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The drop-in events allow us to explain the proposals and answer people’s questions and concerns face to face. We’d like to thank everyone who spoke to us at the previous two events. However, we know that not everyone would have been able to come along so we’re still very keen to hear from these residents. We urge anyone who has not already spoken to us and whose property is included in the proposals to come along to the drop in session or alternatively contact us on the number provided.”

The addresses proposed for demolition would be:

• 67-109 and 155-157 Elm Drive (odd numbers)
• 1-13 Maple Drive (odd numbers)
• 18-22 Tower Road (even numbers)
• 45 Sycamore Avenue
• 2-26 Cedar Avenue (even numbers)

In addition, it is proposed that the lock-ups at Elm Drive/Spruce Avenue and at Maple Drive are also to be considered for demolition.

The council’s housing staff are also keen to speak to tenants and residents of the tenement flats at 21-31 Pine Crescent and 47-49 Sycamore Avenue. These properties are not included in the demolition proposals but the officers are keen to hear the views of tenants and residents living at these addresses.

Most of the Council owned properties in the area are tenement flats and many of these are thought to have reached the end of their useful life. It is estimated that around £2.5million would be needed to upgrade these properties over the next 5-10 years.
Following the consultation a report will be presented to the council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board in late summer.

You can also give your views by calling Jennifer Murdoch, Housing Regeneration Initiative Co-ordinator, on 0141 618 6261.

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