Timber Houses Meeting

Priestfield Hall was packed out earlier this evening as residents of Blantyre’s Timber Houses met to discuss controversial proposals to re-clad the homes.

Over 80 residents turned out in force to hear the proposals by Contractors and South Lanarkshire Council were notable in their absence, something which angered many people.

The Council plan to re-clad the council owned homes in that housing estate, which dates back to the 1940s. Some people are welcoming the plans stating it will improve and insulate their homes, suggesting the wood at these homes is in need of repair. Others, were worried about the patchwork quilt effect that such cladding would have on the aesthetics of the estate, as some people get the work done, others not.

Energy Saving Trust and Home Energy Scotland were in attendance to offer advice and support, as were our local Councillors.

Private home owners have been told they will receive quotations to have their houses “done” too, with some prices ranging from £3,000 to a whopping £6,000.

The whole subject has divided opinion in the community and taking a Marley roughcast or ‘composite wood’ cheaper option, rather than replacing the wood like for like, it seems like the council’s proposals will push ahead regardless.


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