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On a wing and a prayer

October 2 2008

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) have allocated £40million to repair 604 defective properties in The winget estate, Carntyne, over the next five years.

The huge sum equates to around £66,000 of expenditure per property allowing for a full internal refurbishment and structural improvements to be carried out.

Tenants are understandably delighted by the news but 98 homeowners who live in wholly owned blocks or semi-detached properties are nonplussed by potential bills of up to £40,000.

A further 200 homeowners who share their blocks with GHA tenants will be able to secure council grants equating to at least 50% of costs.

Homeowner Ann Ayre said: "After fighting so hard for so long, homeowners are obviously delighted that this community is going to be saved, but we have deep concerns about the cost of the work.

"We need a full breakdown of costs from GHA."

The estate, comprising 901 houses from the 1920s, was designated defective more than 20 years ago and residents have been campaigning ever since to prevent their homes being razed.  However 84 properties in Marfield Street and Carntynehall Road will not escape demolition.

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