Residents split over council’s new plans for tower blocks

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CARETAKERS working in Motherwell will lose their residential status after controversial plans to change the way tower blocks are managed were approved last Thursday.

At a full meeting of North Lanarkshire Council, approval was given to proposals to remove residential caretakers from the town’s 26 tower blocks and replace them with a seven days a week, 10.5 hours a day service with employees working a four days on and four days off rota.

The plans have split residents living in towers with some wanting the improvements to the caretaking service to go ahead while others want the current system to remain in place.

There would also be an emergency out-of-hours service beyond these times, which the council are planning to set up in Gowkthrapple.

Councillor Barry McCulloch, convenor of housing and social work services committee, also said at the meeting that the emergency response time from this location is estimated at a maximum 10 minutes.

For full story, see this week’s Motherwell Times, dated Thursday, July 7.