TENANTS could be ousted from their flats for up to a year after councillors give proposal green light.

South Ayrshire councillors this week were asked to make a decision to consult with tenants on the future of the three high rise blocks of flats at Riverside Place.

After considering the factual finding of a structural survey, councillors confirmed that in addition to the improvement work that is currently ongoing, further “essential and advisable” works have been identified.

However, the additional work required is set to cause mass disruption to the tenants of the flats and requires a host of new works such as: the removal of the external cladding, existing timber and aluminium windows, and pitched roof covering; new insulated render system; full rewiring; new heating and hot water systems; upgrading the sprinkler system and upgrading passenger lifts.

Experts have shared their opinion surrounding the works and have advised that each block of flats would need to be empty for up to one year which would undoubtably have a serious effect on the current occupants at Riverside Place.

In addition to the substantial disruption it is likely to cause, the additional work is estimated to cost in the range of £28 - £35 million not to mention costs to decant tenants and related loss of rental income.

This information was considered by the Leadership Panel where Councillors agreed to start formal consultation with tenants regarding the survey findings and the varying options available to provide them with alternative and suitable homes for however long the process may take.

Donald Gillies, South Ayrshire Council’s Director – Place, said: “As we consider what happens next with the high flats in Ayr, our tenants will continue to be our focus at all times. We can sit down on an individual basis with each and every one of our tenants in Riverside Place and discuss their specific needs and preferences.

“We’re also seeking approval to appoint two dedicated officers to lead on the consultation and engagement exercise, which would get underway in the new year with a further report to Councillors in June.

“Any decision on the future of the flats would be taken and tenants would be involved in discussions every step of the way.”