Office Closed – Public Holiday – July 2018

The Co-operative’s offices will be closed on Friday, 13th July and Monday, 16th July. The office will re-open at 9:15 am on Tuesday, 17th July 2018.

If tenants need an emergency repair carried out during this time they should contact our Concierge team on 0141 646 1924 or via their handset.

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West Whitlawburn National Model of Excellence

The following article by Rutherglen Reformer and Mark McLean was originally published in the Daily Record online on 4th July 2018.

A Cambuslang housing organisation was held up as a national model of excellence in the Scottish Parliament last week.

MSP James Kelly told a panel in Holyrood that West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) is a fine example of housing delivery.

The regional MSP hosted Paul Farrell, director, and Anne Anderson, chair, from WWHC, at a cross-party group meeting on 27th June.

WWHC and other organisations were invited to present their model of co-operatives in action delivering change for communities.

WWHC spoke about its delivery of community Whitcomm broadband, which has seen the number of West Whitlawburn residents online increase significantly, from 39 per cent to 88 per cent.

The forward-thinking housing co-operative also has an energy supply company, which heats 544 properties to tackle fuel poverty. This initiative has resulted in energy prices for tenants being frozen since 2012.

Mr Kelly said: “West Whitlawburn Housing Co-op is the gold-standard of housing delivery and I was delighted to host them in the Scottish Parliament.

“This area has been transformed because of the long-term commitment and expertise of volunteers who serve on the committee.

“Visiting the WWHC, I have seen first-hand the standard of housing on offer and the satisfaction residents have living in the development.

“Projects like Whitcomm cannot be understated for the transformational impact they have on residents’ lives.

“The energy deal they operate has capped energy prices for tenants for the last six years. This has not only saved tenants money but delivered a deal that could not have been bettered by any of the main energy suppliers.

“Communities across Scotland should be looking to West Whitlawburn for inspiration on what could be achieved through co-operative models.”

Paul Farrell, WWHC director, added: “It was a privilege and an honour to be asked by James and the cross-party group to showcase West Whitlawburn’s achievements over the past 30 years.

“We really appreciate the kind words and ongoing support offered by James and the group, which serve to encourage us to sustain our very high standards and strive for further successes and more ground breaking achievements.”

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Combustible Items on Landings Policy

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, like many other landlords, has been conducting a comprehensive fire safety review following the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London last year. Our aim is to do everything possible to ensure fire risk is minimised to all our tenants/members, their families, their guests and visitors, anyone working on our property, including of course WWHC staff and staff of the emergency services.

Over the past year we have looked in the minutest detail at all matters, technical, operational, and our communications to ensure we are continuing to work in a positive way that places your safety at the top of the agenda.

One particular area WWHC staff, Scotland’s Fire and Rescue staff, and the WWHC Management Committee have been paying considerable attention to recently is combustible items on landings. That is anything left out in the landings or common areas which could burn in the event of a fire. Obviously anything that could contribute to a fire starting or spreading should be avoided.

The Management Committee has recently considered WWHC Policy on the matter and concluded anything left out on landings is potentially a significant fire hazard, and could lead to a risk to tenants, their family, guests and people working in the block.

Given that analysis, the Management Committee, following discussions with Scottish Fire and Rescue, has concluded that no items of a combustible nature should be left on the landing or common areas.

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative trust that tenants will see the sense of working together to implement this policy decision to further improve their and their family’s safety against fire.

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WWHC/WCRC Disengage from Neighbourhood Planning Process

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) and Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre (WCRC) have reluctantly withdrawn from The Springhall and Whitlawburn Neighbourhood Planning process due to serious concerns with the manner in which this process is being developed by South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) and it’s agent Heathy n Happy Community Development Trust (HnH).

WWHC, the predominant landlord, and by far the most significant community anchor organisation in the area, was initially excluded (along with WCRC) from participating in the neighbourhood planning process by South Lanarkshire Council/Healthy n Happy.

Latterly, having been invited to 2 meetings in April/May this year, WWHC raised considerable concerns with SLC/HnH about the manner in which the process was being managed and developed.

These concerns centred on ambiguous, unreliable and unfounded information being placed in the public domain and, very concerningly, the exclusion of minority ethnic groups from the consultation.

WWHC requested that SLC/HnH accurately impart clear, unambiguous information to the community and asked SLC/HnH to actively include minority ethnic groups in the consultation process. SLC/HnH consciously refused to agree to either of these requests, leaving WWHC/WCRC with no option but to disengage and disassociate from, what we now consider to be, a fundamentally flawed process

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Office Closed – Public Holiday May 2018

The Co-operative’s offices will be closed on Friday, 25th May and Monday, 28th May. The office will re-open at 9:15 am on Tuesday, 29th May 2018.

If tenants need an emergency repair carried out during this time they should contact our Concierge team on 0141 646 1924 or via their handset.

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