Councillor in hot waters

Cllr. Vincent Waters accused The Extra of acting illegally.
Cllr. Vincent Waters accused The Extra of acting illegally.

A councillor who The Extra revealed last week was claiming to be homeless may now be the subject of a complaint to the Scottish Housing regulator.

Councillor Vincent Waters, an SNP member who represents Ward Three, Giffnock and Thornliebank approached East Renfrewshire Council where he is Convener for the Environment advising he was homeless and was placed in a two-bedroom fully-furnished flat.

Cllr Waters has also alleged this week, using social media, that The Extra illegally obtained the information contained in last week’s story.

We assert our reporting was based on good old-fashioned investigative journalism, and urged Waters to report his concerns to Police Scotland.

To date, we have heard nothing.

Cllr Waters launched into an insulting tirade against a number of people on his Facebook feed after they had responded to his offer to ask if they wanted to know the truth, leading one, a Mr Andrew Montgomery to complain to ERC over the housing debacle.

Mr Montgomery told The Extra: I’ve made a formal complaint to ERC to ascertain how Cllr Waters received a two-roomed fully-furnished homeless flat, and on the basis of the response I receive I have it in mind to report this situation to Police Scotland for the consideration of a prosecution.”

At the time of going to press Cllr Waters had not responded.