Frustrations for last few on gas- hit Gorebridge street

Newbyres Crescent, Gorebridge, December 2014, with most of the houses now evacuated after C02 was discovered on the street
Newbyres Crescent, Gorebridge, December 2014, with most of the houses now evacuated after C02 was discovered on the street

One of the few residents still living on a gas-hit Gorebridge street has revealed how frustrating it is still staying there.

All but 19 of the 64 homes in Newbyres Crescent are now empty following the council’s decision in June to evacuate.

One of the remaining residents, who didn’t want to be named, said: “It’s just the waiting game now. We have not heard what is happening with us yet. It’s actually quite depressing. You can’t decorate, you can’t plan other things for the house. It’s hard to describe. It’s just crazy. I would liked to have moved by Christmas. I feel unsafe, there are security guards now who check the gardens every night, so I feel safe in that way. But in other ways it’s not so safe.”

A council spokesman said: “Tenants are being offered properties as houses become available, and the council continues to work with tenants at this difficult time.

“To ensure public safety is maintained and the impact of relocating houses is minimised the council has established enhanced security at the site and is in regular contact with our partners at 
Police Scotland.”

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