- 10 February 2022
I have been pushing for action to be taken on these buildings for some time, including their compulsory purchase if required. This would enable Maryhill Housing Association and Glasgow City Council to further progress their ambitious regeneration plans for the area.
My most recent representations suggest positive progress is being made and a Council working group is actively examining a CPO. Hopefully we will hear positive news soon.
The regeneration of this section of Maryhill Road is long overdue and would complement both the new Scottish Government funded social housing being built directly opposite, as well as the welcome proposals to bring further affordable homes with the long-awaited redevelopment at Kilmun, Lyndale and Barrasdale streets.
I have been pushing for this regeneration to include tackling buildings such as the Redan and the Maryhill Tavern and I am delighted that is exactly what Glasgow City Council are seeking to do. These buildings are a blight on the area which is being regenerated.
Glasgow City Council told me:-
“Regarding the future of the site, I can confirm that a working group has been established to progress a compulsory purchase order (CPO) of the derelict site. This group meets regularly and comprises officers from NRS Housing & Regeneration, officers from Maryhill Housing and legal representatives. The aim is for a CPO to be taken forward by the Council to acquire the site and then transfer the site to Maryhill Housing Association, who would then seek to develop affordable housing on the site, funded by the Affordable Housing Supply Programme. The prominent site is within the Maryhill TRA and is therefore important strategically for regeneration and development.”
I have again had enquiries from constituents concerning the safety of the buildings being considered for a CPO. These buildings have previously been deemed “safe”, despite the dreadful state they are in. I have made further enquiries to Glasgow City Council asking that they re-inspect the building given the deteriorating fabric of the buildings, as well as an increase in vermin. Whilst the buildings are considered to be structurally safe, the Council said they were contacting the owners to discuss required repairs and their responsibilities.