Residents see red over Falkirk Council HQ plan

Wellside Court Residents complain about Falkirk Council's plans to build their new HQ near their flats
Wellside Court Residents complain about Falkirk Council's plans to build their new HQ near their flats
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Elderly residents are calling on Falkirk Council to rethink £19 million plans to build its new four storey HQ on their doorstep.

Land in front of the current Municipal Buildings in West Bridge Street – on a site currently occupied by NHS Forth Valley’s West Bank Clinic – has been earmarked for the local authority’s new home.

However, people living in the flats at nearby Wellside Court have objected to the proposals, which have been the subject of public consultation for the past 12 weeks.

The 40 or so flat owners, the majority ranging in age from 70 to 90, have all signed a petition against the building, fearing it would have a detrimental impact on their lives.

Catherine Downie (68) said: “People have come here in later life and all they want is some peace and quiet. Now we are going to have months and months of noise and disruption if this goes ahead.

“It’s going to affect everyone – you are going to look out your window and see this massive building in front of you that will rob you of your light.

“Since people found out this was going to be built, no one has even thought about buying any flats here.”

Fears have also been raised over building work having an adverse effect on the foundations of the four-storey block of flats.

A planning application has been lodged for the new headquarters, which the council said would provide “fit for purpose” offices and save them hundreds of thousands of pounds in rent, heating and maintenance costs every year.

If all goes according to plan, work could start by spring next year with
the offices ready by March 2017.