Tenant claims boarded up council flat is an ‘eyesore’

21-05-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Milngavie. James Houston complaining about the state of gardens and windows.
21-05-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Milngavie. James Houston complaining about the state of gardens and windows.

An angry council tenant has accused the authority for creating an eyesore by boarding up one of its flats near the West Highland Way.

Retired taxi driver James Houston (75) says the flat in the same block where he lives at the bottom of Mugdock Road, has massive shutters that would keep out a ‘tank’.

Mr Houston also claims council workers dug up a flower bed outside the property and left rubble in its place. He said: “The flat is very near the start of The West Highland Way.

“I’m not against them doing this to keep people out, but do think it is a bit over the top. It would stop a tank.”

Mr Hudson suggested the council could replace the large shuttering with something less obvious, especially at the front of the property.

However, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of neighbourhood services, Grace Irvine, said: “The council uses Sitex boarding to protect its buildings.

“This product is considered to be the best solution available on the market.

“It is widely used to protect properties whilst they are unoccupied and are at any risk. Whilst we recognise it may not be the most attractive, we do endeavour to keep it up for as short a time as possible to reduce the risk from vandalised.”