SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Kaukab Stewart, is writing to residents in a number of buildings across the city centre and west end where there are concerns over cladding safety.
Kaukab has been involved with discussions between residents, residents’ associations, and government officials and ministers to try to find viable solutions to replacing cladding on buildings that have been deemed dangerous. Earlier this year, it was reported round-the-clock wardens were operating in the Lancefield Quay development, following safety concerns.
The Scottish Government has been working with developers to identify dangerous cladding and ensure remedial works are undertaken following the Grenfell Tower disaster, which claimed the lives of 72 people in 2017 and in which flammable cladding was blamed for the scale of the damage and loss of life.
Kaukab has asked residents to respond to a confidential online survey about their experiences, which will help inform future discussions with the Scottish Government and developers as solutions are found.
Commenting, Kaukab Stewart MSP said:
“Firstly the most important element to all of this is the safety of my constituents. We cannot afford to see any corners cut as we identify potentially dangerous cladding. I’m pleased the Scottish Government is taking decisive action on this, and I received confirmation from the First Minister himself that legislation remains an option to ensure developers deliver on remedial works where they are needed as quickly as possible.
“This has impacted residents and property owners in a variety of ways, from being able to secure or renew a mortgage, to simply insuring their property and contents. There has also been a severe impact on some with safety measures that have rightly been put in place to protect those living in these developments.
“Many of my constituents have understandably had enough and just want to see the light at the end of the tunnel with this saga.
“I would encourage those in this situation to let me know more about their experiences by responding to my Residents’ Cladding Survey. Individual responses will be kept confidential but will contribute to future representations I make to the Scottish Government and to developers.”
Those who have not received a letter, but would like to respond to the survey, can contact Kaukab on: Kaukab.firstname.lastname@example.org