Posted by: lindsay, glasgow on 11:47pm Mon 22 Oct 07
Wait a minute! You cannot advocate thousands of people losing their homes because you happen to think they look shabby! What a nerve! and trust me all these new builds will look pretty scabby in ten or so years! As for not understanding why people want to stay in high rise……well sorry they’ve not come round to explain to you I don’t suppose they knew they had to justify themselves! The only reason the buildings look neglected are because they have been allowed to go that way. The GHA should be investing in the buildings but to be as judgemental as some of you sound is really not on. My aunt lives in one of the ‘eyesores’, but her view of the city is breathtaking, she has fabulous neighbours. Her elderly neighbour can get out and about because there is a lift in the building, if this gentleman were put up half a dozen stairs he would be house bound. Also next time your passing Sighthill go in and actually meet some of the residents or at least look at the beautiful parkland that surrounds it. If you’d ever set foot in it you’d realise how green and open it is, Come down from your ivory towers and actually think about the people and lives involved. Oh and please stop patronizing the Sighthill tenants, they do know where they live and much as it pains some of you they do like it. Trust me, there a lot of educated people live in Sighthill and they do not need to be told what they want or what would be good for them.
Opinions are divided over what should happen to Sighthill, as the quote above from the Evening Times website illustrates, but local residents are very clear. This today from the ‘Times…
RESIDENTS are stepping up the fight to stop their high-rise community being bulldozed.
Glasgow Housing Assocation wants to demolish 10 tower blocks in Sighthill to make way for new homes, shops and businesses.
But locals say the plan would kill off the neighbourhood they are proud to be part of.
And now they are urging Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell to intervene.
A public meeting is also being held in St Stephen’s Primary School on Monday October 29 to give residents the chance to air their views on Sighthill’s future.
Campaigners accuse the GHA of failing to take on board their opposition to demolition.
But the housing chiefs insist they have consulted fully with the community and have the support of the majority.
The GHA has agreed to go ahead with the demolition of five of the tower blocks on the Fountainwell side – around 1140 homes in total.
No final decision has been taken on the fate of the other five blocks in Pinkston Drive – totalling 2420 homes – but demolition is again the “preferred option”.
Residents fear nothing will be allowed to stand in the way of the GHA’s masterplan for Sighthill, due to be implemented in the next 15-20 years.
Elaine Ellis lives in a 16th floor flat in Pinkston Drive and is secretary of the tenants association. She said: “Our community is under threat.
“My mother has lived here for 40 years. There is a real sense of people looking after each other and we don’t want to lose that.”
Bob McGuire is community housing manager of Compass Local Housing Organisation, which manages the homes. He said: “All tenants have been given the chance to have their say. We have sought their feedback every step of the way.
“In fact, 14 tenants volunteered to be part of Sighthill Consultative Group, set up to represent the views of the community. We are, however, aware of the concerns of a small group of people.
“We are committed to resident consultation and engagement throughout the regeneration process and hope that the views and aspirations of the majority of Sighthill’s residents can be implemented.”
The Sighthill blocks were built in the mid to late 1960s near the site of St Rollox Chemical Works now a big Tesco.
The estate quickly became a tight-knit community and in recent years it has become multi-cultural.
Refugees and asylum seekers from around the world live next door to Glaswegians who have been in the area for decades.
Ms Ellis said: “In my block we have Chinese people, Polish people and Africans. It’s a huge melting pot.”
Publication date 22/10/07