Muirhouse tenants demand Council act on housing problems
Members of Living Rent descended on the Council North Office in West Pilton on 5th of March to demand action on housing problems in the Muirhouse high rises. The main issues highlighted were: dysfunction-ing lifts, leaking roofs, ongoing lack of repairs despite critical issues, and lack of clean up in communal areas. The main manager George Norval came out of a meeting to meet the residents and promised to act on the serious situations they outlined.
The Living Rent members stressed that residents are regularly trapped in their flats due to the frequent failings of the lifts in 14 storey Birnies Court. One lift hasn’t worked for months and the other frequently fails. This especially hits residents with children, the elderly, and disabled.
A resident commented: "Since their long drawn-out installation both new lifts have been problematic, frequently trapping tenants inside or just breaking down. On a few occasions both lifts have conked out simultaneously, leaving tenants to climb the stairs."