Tenants in Johnstone Castle involved in the housing regeneration plans are being invited to a series of advice surgeries to discuss their rehousing options.

Six sessions will be held in Johnstone Castle Community Centre between Monday 22 September and Friday 10 October to give Renfrewshire Council tenants the opportunity to speak to housing staff directly about the plans to demolish 48 blocks of tenement flats and replace them with new houses.

Tenants affected will be offered alternative housing as the regeneration programme gets underway. In order to make sure all tenants are offered suitable alternative accommodation the council needs to speak to all of those affected to get an up to date picture of their housing needs.

Letters have been sent directly to council tenants of the properties identified for demolition inviting them to attend the surgeries.

The sessions have been arranged following months of consultation with tenants on the plans, which also include demolishing the lock-ups at Elm Drive/Spruce Avenue and Maple Drive within Johnstone Castle.

In August the council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board agreed to move ahead with the regeneration plans after a report showed that 87% of those spoken to were in favour.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of the Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “There has been a really positive response to the plans to demolish low demand tenements in Johnstone Castle and replace them with modern, family homes. We are now moving ahead to develop the more detailed aspects of the regeneration plans. However, there are a large number of people involved and it will take some time to rehouse tenants and demolish the existing flats before work can start on building new homes in the area. This will be a complicated process and so we are keen to speak to everyone affected by the regeneration plans to make sure that we have up-to-date information on their housing needs and have the opportunity to discuss rehousing options with them.”

Tenants living at the properties affected are invited to one of the following advice surgeries:

  • Monday 22 September – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 September – 1.30pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday 24 September – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 October – 1.30pm – 6pm
  • Thursday 9 October – 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Friday 10 October – 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

To enable the Council to plan the rehousing programme, we will need to make sure that all tenants have a completed housing application.  Please bring one form of identification to the advice surgery (passport, driving license or birth certificate) otherwise your application cannot be registered.

You can contact the Housing Options Team at Johnstone Neighbourhood Office on 0141 618 2581 to book a specific timeslot or just drop in and wait to speak to an advisor.

Alternatively, if you are unable to come along to any of the sessions you can arrange to meet with an advisor at Johnstone Neighbourhood Office at a more convenient time by calling 0141 618 2581.

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