House demolitions planned for Milngavie

Outdated houses in Milngavie are going to be demolished to make way for much-needed modern affordable housing.

East Dunbartonshire Council is to demolish two old housing complexes - six prefabricated units at Keystone Avenue, Milngavie and 24 flats in Twechar.

The units in Keystone Avenue were purchased in 1995 by Bearsden Borough Council for decanting tenants during a modernisation programme.

Over the last 15 years they have been used as temporary accommodation for homeless people, but over the past year they have become unfit for use and have fallen into disrepair.

It is hoped the cleared site will be used for a new council house development.

In Twechar the removal of the remaining flats at 3-20 Windy Yetts and 7-10 Sunnyhill will complete the demolition programme of the former “coal board scheme” homes.

Over the last few years, East Dunbartonshire Council has been moving tenants out of the properties in preparation for the demolition and new build programme and the remaining four tenants will be moved into one of the new homes built by Places for People during the summer.

It is proposed that the redevelopment of this part of the site will begin at the end of this year, delivering a mix of housing for sale and rent.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, the council’s depute leader/convenor of Neighbourhood Services, said: “These sites have served tenants well over the years but have now come to the end of their useful lives.

“I’m pleased the two areas will now be cleared for future development and much needed council housing.”