Time’s nearly up for 3 Cumbernauld tower blocks

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:47 on 10 December 2014.
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Allanfauld Road. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.
TIME is nearly up for three of the famous high rise blocks that have been a prominent feature in the Cumbernauld sky line for around 50 years, as the wrecking ball begins to swing.

Sanctuary Cumbernauld has welcomed news that this Friday (12 December), North Lanarkshire Council will transfer ownership of the three Allanfauld Road blocks to housing provider Sanctuary Cumbernauld, having used Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers to acquire the site – meaning demolition draws nearer. 

The Compulsory Purchase Order of the three Seafar tower blocks means that Sanctuary’s £75 million regeneration of the town’s high-rise blocks will be able to continue. 

According to Sanctuary Cumbernauld, 88 of the 89 owners affected agreed to sell their property to Sanctuary, while one owner remains untraceable.

Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s Head of Development – Scotland, described the announcement as “a significant step” that “will see the first of the high-rise blocks cleared”.

Mr Macdonald added: “Every traceable owner has willingly sold their flat to us, reinforcing the case to start the demolition programme for these once popular buildings.  

“The CPO will prevent an abandoned flat delaying the construction of 111 new homes. We thank North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government for their support in helping progress this much-needed regeneration project.”

The Allanfauld Road blocks will be handed over to Safedem, Sanctuary Cumbernauld’s demolition contractor, in the New Year, while the three high rise blocks are expected to be demolished in late summer 2015.

Councillor Sam Love, North Lanarkshire Council’s Convener of Housing & Social Work Services, explained: “The use of CPO powers has been necessary to ensure that the demolition of these blocks of flats can go ahead in order to replace them with new high quality homes fit for the 21st century.

“I am delighted with the progress that has been made already in progressing this ambitious project and would like to acknowledge the hard work of all those involved and also wish the tenants and owners every happiness in their new homes.

“We will continue to work with Sanctuary Cumbernauld to progress CPOs for the future phases of the re-provisioning programme.”
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