Residents split over changes to tower blocks wardens

CONTROVERSIAL plans to change the way tower blocks in Motherwell are managed have divided residents living in them.

Opinions on the plans amongst residents sitting in the public gallery at last Thursday’s meeting of the housing and social work services committee were varied.

Some residents want the improvements to the caretaking service in the 26 towers to be given the go-ahead whilst others want the current system to remain in place.

The proposals will now be discussed at the full council meeting next Thursday and a final decision will be made.

If agreed, the service would operate seven-days-a-week, 10.5 hours a day with employees working a four days on and four days off rota, and there would be an emergency out-of-hours service beyond these times.

Caretakers would, however, lose their residential status in the tower blocks - a decision which has angered many.

For full story, see this week’s Motherwell Times, dated Thursday, June 23.