Gorebridge residents slam the council over carbon monoxide uncertainty

Residents of Newbyers Road, Gorebridge, Brian Law and his partner Sharon Dalgleish who had to move out there house on the street back in September.

Residents of Newbyers Road, Gorebridge, Brian Law and his partner Sharon Dalgleish who had to move out there house on the street back in September.

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Midlothian Council has come under fire for its treatment of tenants in Newbyres Crescent amid dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in homes.

Two homes were evacuated last September after six people were rushed to hospital.

Further evacuations in the past week saw a removal van picking up the belongings from the fifth council home on Monday.

Katrina Frew, one of the worried tenants who have remained in their home, said: “I have basically been told to open all my windows and doors. The council told me that if I have a headache I’ve just to go to the doctors.

“And my neighbours got told they had to move out by voicemail, which is quite shocking really.”

Another Newbyres Crescent resident, mother-of-six Claire Skillbeck (35), said: “It’s a big worry for everybody here. This first happened over six months ago, you would have thought they would have had it under control by now.

“Our neighbours were told they had 20 minutes to get out. I just felt so sorry for them.

“It was absolutely disgusting the way there were treated.”

Another resident on the street, Lisa Steele (28), criticised the lack of information from the council.

She said: “It’s an absolute nightmare. They have not been keeping us in the know.

“We had a meter in for two weeks to check for gas, they picked it up last Friday and we’ve not heard back about the readings. You phone up but you don’t get any answers.

“It’s just a really worrying time, I’m up checking my kids through the night, as you don’t know if they will wake up or not.”

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