Councillor Barrett Slams Tories Over Multi-Storey Flats


Perth City Centre councillor Peter Barrett slammed Perth and Kinross Council’s Conservative administration for its failure to invest in its multi-storey flats in Perth.

Cllr Barrett issued a blistering criticism of the Tory administration saying. “There has been a decade of delay to the multistorey flats. Communications with residents have been stop, start and stop again. A series of questions on eternal works, material and finishing options have been left hanging unresolved. Residents don’t know anything about the scope of works or when they will ever be done.”

Cllr Barrett argued there was no political impetus or drive to take the multi-storey project forward. The Lib Dem Councillor said. “The Housing Convenor and the Vice-Convener have taken their eyes off the ball, if indeed they were ever on it, because bluntly the multi-storey flats are not a priority for this Conservative administration. Nobody knows what is happening regarding the multi-storey flats. They have been treated as the Cinderella premises of the council housing stock but are now becoming its increasingly ugly sisters, and it is not good enough.”

Councillor Barrett challenged Cllr Bob Brawn to visit Potterhill flats and see the external condition of the building, he said. “I visited Potterhill flats last week. Has the Convenor ever visited either Potterhill or Pomarium flats to see the state of the external fabric of the buildings: The peeling paintwork to walkway rooves. The rusted metalwork which forms the balconies and safety rails in concert with the broken and crazed Georgian wire glazing. The fallen trees lying on the recently refurbished garage roofs, the wilderness areas of tree weeds. Perhaps if he did this in a Covid compliant manner and taking suitable safety precautions, he would be motivated to put his weight behind the urgent need to get on with the work and arrest the drift.”

Cllr Barrett summed up saying. “Nobody knows what is happening regarding the multi-storey flats, they have been treated as the Cinderella premises of the council housing stock but are now becoming its increasingly ugly sisters, and it is not good enough.”


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