Announcing Scottish Special Housing

 

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In April 1967, housing in Blantyre was very much at the forefront of local discussion. County Councillor Walter Cameron had some interesting news that held the attention of everybody at a Labour Party meeting that first Monday evening in April.

Walter announced that the Scottish Special Housing Association were interested in acquiring the fields of Wheatlands with the intention of building 200 homes and flats next to the existing Orlits site. Furthermore, the County Direct Labour Department were interested in tendering for a further 46 homes.

This came on the same month where clearance work at the High Blantyre Prefabs was announced, to make way for a further 350 homes already scheduled. The Labour party were instrumental in making developers aware of the need for new housing in Blantyre. With so many homes planned, it would seem that rural Blantyre was rapidly vanishing.

Pictured is Glenfruin Road, a prominent arterial road within the SSHA estate.

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