Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Cedar Goes To Maryhill...

Here was the text for the leaflet for the demonstration which took place last Wednesday, as part of the emerging Glasgow Residents Network's campaign to see Local Housing Organisations which have been mistreating tenants shown up and brought into line through targetted demonstrations. Cedar Tenants Association went along to support the demonstration...

[Cedar Tenants Association Supported the Small Demonstration, which marched to Maryhill Local Housing Office, and which forced a manager to come out and speak to the assembled crowd]

Why Are Cumlodden
Residents Still Being
Forced To Live In

27th Sept.

Meet: 1:30PM - Cumlodden Evangelical Church, Cumlodden Drive
March to: Maryhill Local Housing Office, Gairbraid Avenue.

Residents of the Cumlodden Estate in Maryhill have been the subject of years of neglect by their landlord, the GHA, and before that by the council. Many residents currently do not have flushing toilets, and have had to cope with Eastern European piping fitted by GHA blocking and causing effluent spillage in their homes. For months now Community Housing Manager Bill Lanigan has been making a series of promises to residents, often in writing, to state that investment is due to be made, all of them have proven false. This culminated last week in a meeting held for residents in the area called by the GHA where the landlord tried to disavow earlier promises of installing apex roofs to the flatroofed damp properties. Residents had had enough and voted against the betrayal, for new apex roofs to make their homes watertight.

Come along on Wednesday the 27th September, at 1:30PM, at Cumlodden Drive and show your support for a Maryhill Community that is fighting to be treated fairly.

Demonstration supported by the Glasgow Residents Network and a number of Glasgow Residents Associations – we expect people to come from across the city to lend their support so we also need to see as many people from the local area as possible – we need answers and we need them now.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Anger over GHA 'neglect' - Evening Times Article

Anger over GHA 'neglect'

MARK ROONEY, left, and Graham McGunnagle say GHA has badly let them down

ANGRY residents from three city tower blocks have accused Glasgow's biggest landlord of neglecting their homes.

Cedar Tenants' Association uncovered a range of complaints when they asked hundreds of residents at Cedar Court blocks in Maryhill what they thought of Glasgow Housing Association's performance.

Their survey found 80% of residents said there were not enough facilities for children in the area, while two-thirds said their rents were too high.

Meanwhile, 63% of residents said their water was undrinkable and a further half reported having problems running a washing machine because of low water pressure.

Exposed wiring is also a safety concern for residents, as vandals routinely rip covers off the wall.

Tenants' Association member Mark Rooney, who is registered blind, claimed GHA was continually letting them down.

He said: "We are being treated like second-class citizens. We're always hearing how other GHA tenants have had their homes improved and upgraded, while ours are left in a state of ruin and neglect."

Fellow resident Graham McGunnagle, 20, added: "The fire door on our landing disappeared last week and should have been replaced within 24 hours. Five days later we're still waiting.

"GHA are a disaster - they haven't got a clue."

A Glasgow Housing Association spokeswoman said: "The Cedar Court properties fall within the Queens Cross Housing Association Local Housing Organisation area and have already seen significant refurbishment including the installation of new heating systems and new windows.

"Plans have now been approved for improvements to the two local play parks serving Cedar Court within the next six months.

"We have only been advised by one tenant about problems with the water pressure in one household and offered them immediate solutions, unfortunately the tenant has not

followed our advice."


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