MSP makes formal complaint regarding Gorebridge ‘gas street’

Two of the homes evacuated in Newbyres Crescent
Two of the homes evacuated in Newbyres Crescent

Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame has lodged a formal complaint against a senior housing officer over his handling of ‘gas street’.

Ms Grahame (SNP) first raised the her concerns several months ago over the potentially dangerous levels of carbon dioxide faced by her constituents living in Newbyres Crescent, Gorebridge.

Since then she says she has been disappointed with the lack of communication from Kevin Anderson, Midlothian Council’s head of customer and housing services.

She has now written to the council’s chief executive Kenneth Lawrie with a formal complaint against Mr Anderson. She said: “I very much regret that I have had to take this course of action as a last resort, but it seems to me that Mr Anderson has failed in the performance of his duties.

“In the case of Newbyres Crescent, he has not dealt with the practicalities of the situation and has failed to keep residents informed.”

A council spokesman said: “I can confirm we have received a complaint from Christine Grahame, MSP, and we will reply to Ms Grahame in line with our complaints procedure.

“We respect the role played by MSPs in representing their constituents and Ms Grahame has been provided with a full response and update on how the council is managing this situation in partnership with others by email on May 8. In addition, there have been a number of previous contacts and correspondence.”

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