Mason welcomes Parkhead and Shettleston votes on local housing

09 Dec 2008

John Mason, SNP MP for Glasgow East, has welcomed the overwhelming vote by tenants in the Parkhead and Shettleston areas of the city’s Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) who have voted to move forward towards community ownership.

Shettleston and Parkhead are two of the five areas of the city whose GHA tenants have now agreed to progress to second stage transfer. This decision means that over 800 properties in Shettleston and around 250 in Parkhead will move into local control.

Commenting, John Mason said:

“Congratulations are due to Parkhead and Shettleston housing associations, and to the tenants who voted in their droves.

“This decision affects about 1,000 homes in my constituency, and is very welcome. However, we must remember that the GHA were set up specifically to bring about second stage transfer, and progress up until now has been slow. Across the city, there are another 21,000 homes due to be transferred from the GHA to local control, and a significant proportion of these are in the East End.

“I would strongly urge the GHA to progress these as soon as possible.”

The results of the vote in the five areas were:

Yes No
Ardenglen 89.2% 10.8%
Cassiltoun 93.7% 6.3%
Glasgow West 83.8% 16.2%
Parkhead 95.2% 4.8%
Shettleston 86.6% 13.4%
TOTAL 89.0% 11.0%