HOUSING bosses have been accused of leaving tenants in limbo by failing to give answers on the future of a local estate blighted by scores of empty flats.

River Clyde Homes carried out a survey on the Kelburn flats with tenants two years ago, asking remaining residents if they would consider moving out.

Two years on, the people living there say they have been left in the dark about what is happening.

Town councillor Jim MacLeod says 80 per cent of those surveyed had said they would move and they now want some certainty about the housing association's plans.

Cllr MacLeod said: "I have asked River Clyde Homes officials several times over the past two years what is happening with the estate and my constituents' homes.

"My constituents have the right to know what is happening.

"Following the survey in 2020 many tenants were left with the expectation they would be moving."

Cllr MacLeod says he has been dismayed at the number of empty boarded-up properties on the once-bustling Kelburn Terrace, despite millions of pounds of investment over the years.

He says around 30 flats have lain vacant for a number of years and believes this has made the neighbourhood less viable as a whole.

Mr MacLeod told the Tele: "I feel over the past 10 years that River Clyde Homes should have done more to market the area.

"Compared to some areas these are good properties and some of the flats have four bedrooms, which are ideal for larger families.

"The estate is in a good location, it is near Port Glasgow town centre and has good transport links.

"Woodhall Railway Station is right beside the estate, there is a two way bus stop and for leisure it is near to Kelburn Park, Parklea Playing Fields and has its own playpark.

"About 20 years ago the council spent about six million refurbishing the buildings and in recent years River Clyde Homes installed new kitchens and bathrooms in many of the flats, carried out repairs on the roofs, fitted new security doors and outside walls lights and built a new park."

Mr MacLeod says that if housing chiefs have decided that the estate has no future then it is time they informed their tenants who should not have to wait any longer for a decision.

He said: "River Clyde Homes have told me that the Kelburn estate is being considered as part of the Port Glasgow Eastern Gateway project, along with Woodhall and the Clune Park estates.

"But I feel this has gone on long enough.

"The residents living on the Kelburn estate need more certainty in their lives.

"River Clyde Homes need to take a decision on what they are doing."

Management at RCH say that interest in flats on the estate has dwindled in recent times and that they have been considering options.

They have today pledged to give fed-up residents an update within the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for River Clyde Homes said: “There has been a decline in demand for Kelburn Terrace, despite past investment and incentives being offered to encourage new customers.

"Previous consultation with customers has also indicated a clear preference to move elsewhere.

"River Clyde Homes Group is reviewing options to ensure customers in Kelburn get certainty on the plans for the area.

"We will contact customers in Kelburn Terrace with an update on this work in February.”