Council dropped from North Motherwell residents’ legal action

Council contractors investigate the site three years ago
Council contractors investigate the site three years ago
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North Lanarkshire Council has been dropped from a lawsuit taken out by North Motherwell residents who believe their houses were built on contaminated land.

Represented by Collins Solicitors 78 residents, who live on the former Metropolitan Vickers site off Watling Street, started an action against landlords Lanarkshire and Clyde Valley housing associations, developers City Link and Scott Wilson and the council.

However, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Friday it was agreed to release the council from the action.

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council: “We are pleased the residents, acting on the advice of their legal representatives, have agreed to drop us from the action and each side will be liable for its own legal costs to date.

“Since 2010 the council has fulfilled its statutory obligations to investigate allegations of contamination at the site and will continue to do so.”

Collins senior partner Des Collins added: “We have agreed to release the council from these proceedings, although we know we have a strong case against them.

“Existing case law is unclear and there was every possibility the case against them would ultimately be determined by the Supreme Court which could easily have taken five years.

“The residents have perfectly adequate cases against the other defenders, the resolution of which would have been delayed pending any Supreme Court application.”