Hundreds to be rehoused in Aberdeen over RAAC fears

Aaron Morby 2 months ago
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Hundreds of people living in council housing in Aberdeen are being told to leave their homes because they contain reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete panels.

RAAC panel council homes are located in the city's Balnagask area
RAAC panel council homes are located in the city's Balnagask area

The city council is writing to tenants after a structural engineers report recommended they be relocated to alternative accommodation because of fears the concrete panels could fail.

Last year a survey of thousands of homes in the city found RAAC panels in around 500 homes in the city’s Balnagask area, including 364 council properties, with 299 occupied by council tenants.

A subsequent detailed report into a representative sample of these properties has recommended that council tenants be relocated to alternative accommodation within the city as soon as possible.

Officers are currently exploring options for the long-term viability for the site, which include remedial works or demolition.

A detailed appraisal will be presented to Council within six months.

Councillors yesterday accepted a recommendation from council officers that tenants be permanently rehomed.

The Council has written to council tenants, owners and private tenants to advise them of the current position offer support to discuss their housing options.

Councillor Miranda Radley, Convener of the Communities, Housing and Public Protection Committee, said: “This is an incredibly difficult situation for everyone living in a RAAC-affected property, but the council will be doing everything we can to support our tenants during this hugely challenging time.”

“These are people’s homes and we need to ensure we support our tenants, but also engage with owners and privately rented tenants, to keep them informed on this matter.”

The committee agreed to set aside an initial £3m to cover the rehoming programme.

 

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