Storm damage repairs continue

JANUARY storms have caused serious repair delays for residents as East Renfrewshire council’s housing service deals with a massive increase in calls.

The average number of repairs for this time of year is 750, but this year the figure has reached 1,335 — an increase of 78 per cent.

The team saw to 304 roof emergencies alone in a two-day period during the second week of the month, and as a result of the influx many non-essential repairs have been put on hold.

Phil Daws, housing services manager, explained: “Unfortunately we’ve had to suspend some areas of repairs to free up tradesmen.

“We have mobilised our complete workforce and trades people to carry out emergency repairs and are working with external contractors to ensure all the damage is fixed as quickly as possible”.

Councillor Danny Devlin, ERC housing convenor, added: “I want to assure all tenants that we are working flat out to repair the damage caused by the high winds”.