On Tuesday the 21st of June, the 3rd meeting of the Barratt Flats was held in The Halls in Peat Road, Priesthill.
Glasgow Homelessness Network facilitated the event and a crèche and refreshments were available to make sure people felt welcome and were able to attend. The residents of the Barratt Flats have been building a partnership with Development & Regeneration Services and Rosehill Housing Association, with a view to working together to make improvements to the flats and the surrounding area. The Scottish Government have been working closely with DRS and are now supporting a strategy for the improvements with a view to leaving a lasting legacy of change.
To ensure the meeting had input from all partners, a list of topics were given and residents voted on their top 3, which made up the agenda for the evening.
At the meeting Duncan Thompson from DRS spoke in detail about what the improvements might look like, new cladding for the walls, guttering and down pipes, getting rid of the vermin infestations and so on. Michael Clarke, from Rosehill Housing Association outlined their role as project managers of the works and how they plan to keep in touch with residents.
Residents main concerns are the details of the improvements, time scales and how to maintain the improvements once the work is completed. There was an agreement that to ensure this, support was need multi partners, statutory , 3rd sector and the community. They also want to continue to be involved and there were early discussions about GHN working with residents to design what their back courts could look like and an event to ensure people’s benefits are maximised.