Flooding solutions identified to progress Wellhouse development plans
Plans by Wellhouse Housing Association (WHA) to bring new housing to the area have taken an important step forward.
The housing association is focused on the continued regeneration of the area, however, work to bring much-need homes stalled due to ground water flooding which has been an ongoing issue for many years.
Following extensive studies, solutions have been identified which will allow the potential transformation of three areas of vacant and derelict land which mar the entrance to the area.
WHA is now in discussions regarding essential work on the main drain outside The Hub, which is owned by City Property, as well as with both Scottish Water and the Department of Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council regarding a necessary upgrade in the surface water drainage system in order to utilise the natural water course to Camlachie Burn.
Two of the key sites are currently owned by Glasgow City Council and the Archdiocese of Glasgow and WHA has also been in contact with both organisations to open discussions. The smallest empty site is already in the ownership of the Association.
A workshop with Glasgow City Council, City Property and Scottish Water is scheduled for late April and WHA chair Darron Brown is focused on ensuring that this essential work happens as quickly as possible.
He said: “WHA is committed to continuing to make the area an attractive place where people feel safe and happy and the transformation of these two areas, which are currently eyesores, have an important part to play in the regeneration of Wellhouse and the East End of Glasgow.
“We hope the necessary work can be carried out quickly to support our vision of utilising these brownfield sites to provide much-needed affordable community housing as well as facilities for this area, which has high levels of deprivation.
“This important step forward could bring such positive change to the lives of local people, helping to create a vibrant community which people are proud to call home.”
Councillor Elaine Ballantyne is supporting WHA as it works to bring much-needed new homes to the area.
She said: “I am delighted to see effective progress being made through constructive partnership working between Wellhouse Housing Association, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Water to resolve the ground water flooding issues which have hindered development in the area for many years.
“The regeneration of the brownfield sites will be hugely welcomed by residents and I will continue to work with and support Wellhouse Housing Association in achieving this.”