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Holyrood hears Govanhill slum petition

March 2 2010

Holyrood hears Govanhill slum petition
Residents calls for a government inquiry into substandard housing in the Govanhill district of Glasgow are being heard by MSP’s today.

Govanhill Housing Association submitted a petition to parliament after criticising rogue landlords and funding shortages for exacerbating poor living conditions in the area.

Holyrood’s cross party petitions committee will quiz the leader of Glasgow City Council, who tendered his resignation on health grounds today, and housing minister Alex Neil on the issue.

It is estimated there are some 1,200 properties in the Govanhill area which are classified as in slum condition, leading some residents to label the district ‘Govanhell’.

The SNP have promised to update the regulation of private landlords, the licensing of houses in multiple occupation, deal with disrepair and abolish the right to buy for all new council and social housing tenants in their Housing Bill.

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