Security and repairs promised

A damaged property
A damaged property

Security is being tightened after a three-storey townhouse at a new housing estate under construction in Ravenscraig was set ablaze.

Emergency services rushed to the unoccupied semi-detached property after residents living nearby in the David Wilson Homes estate raised the alarm just before midnight last Monday (April 28).

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but it is thought damage worth a six-figure sum had already been caused.Police Scotland has launched an investigation into the fire.

Firefighters were called back out to the area around 3pm on Friday afternoon, this time following a report a van was on fire.

While an arson attack was initially suspected, it was thought it could have been caused by an electrical fault as we went to press.

One resident, who did not want to be named, slammed the lack of security at the Phoenix Park site.

She said: “There have now been two fires in one week, and David Wilson Homes still do not have security on any of their construction areas.

“No one from DWH has thanked the existing home owners for alerting the fire brigade on Monday night. Had we ignored them as they ignore us, the whole thing would have burnt down.

“We are effectively living between two building sites as DWH are using fully populated residential streets to transport heavy plant machinery and unsecured large loads of building materials and are driving at excessive speeds.

“They have caused damage to the road surfaces due to the extreme weight of heavy machinery being driven on a public road.”

Anyone with info on the fire is urged to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

David Scott, managing director of David Wilson Homes (west of Scotland), said: “It is always our intention to keep disruption to a minimum during the construction of new homes, and we are grateful to local residents for bringing these recent issues to our attention.

“In light of last week’s fire at Phoenix Park and our neighbours’ valuable feedback, additional security will be put in place as a priority.

“A full site maintenance plan is in position and we will carry out necessary repairs to the affected public roads with immediate effect.

“These repairs will be carried out at absolutely no cost to local residents.

“We do understand that the construction process causes inevitable disruption to nearby residents.

“Keeping inconvenience to a minimum is our utmost priority and we will review and resolve issues promptly for the benefit of the community.”