Report reveals deadly gas on Gorebridge street

Newbyres Crescent in Gorebridge which has boarded up houses lying empty due to gas leaks
Newbyres Crescent in Gorebridge which has boarded up houses lying empty due to gas leaks

A council report has revealed that potentially fatal levels of carbon dioxide were discovered at a gas-hit street currently being evacuated.

In the report put before councillors on Tuesday, it was revealed that the Coal Authority, SEPA and Fairhurst identified carbon dioxide concentrations at levels where properties were not fit for habitation and, in the case of 87/89 Newbyres Crescent, they were potentially fatal.

Gas was first discovered on the street in September, 2013, when two properties were evacuated after six people required hospital treatment.

The final decision on the future of the Gorebridge site – where all 64 homes are set to be demolished – was made this week.

Councillors decided that houses in Newbyres Crescent should be rebuilt – at an estimated cost of £11.5 million – with gas membranes installed in the properties.

The other option – costing £7 million – was to market the site for development.

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