Questions are being asked over how North Ayrshire Council reached a figure for renovation works at the ‘high flats’ in Saltcoats.
In April 2008,
the then Labour-run local authority contacted residents of Lambie Court
and O’Connor Court, indicating there was a need for essential works to
the fabric of the buildings and that each of the property-owners in the
blocks would have to pay £29,790 as their contribution to the overall
By November 2010, the3towns reported that the Council had
revised the figure and that each of the property-owners in the blocks
were told they would have to pay around £16,000. Some months later,
following the intervention of Saltcoats & Stevenston Independent
councillor Ronnie McNicol and a further ‘competitive market test’
carried out by the Council, the bill to owner-occupiers again fell
dramatically to £8,830, excluding VAT.
However, in response to a
question from Cllr McNicol at last week’s meeting of North Ayrshire
Council, the local authority’s SNP administration, which replaced Labour
in 2012, confirmed that the total cost to each resident of the ‘high
flats’ would be just £708.63, inclusive of VAT – a reduction of more
than £29,000 from the original figure.
The two blocks of flats
received new cladding and windows in July 2012. North Ayrshire Council
still owns 60 of the flats at O’Connor Court and Lambie Court, while 34
have been sold and are now in the hands of individual private owners.
to the3towns, Ronnie McNicol said, “The very high figures originally
quoted caused real worry and concern for owner-occupiers in the flats. I
sought and received an assurance from the administration that nothing
like this will happen again.”