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Margaret Jaconelli loses 2014 Games eviction case

Margaret Jaconelli
Image caption Mrs Jaconelli will now have to leave her tenement flat

A Glasgow grandmother has lost her legal battle against council plans to demolish her home to make way for the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow City Council was granted a compulsory purchase order for Margaret Jaconelli's tenement flat and increased an initial offer of £30,000 to £90,000.

The 52-year-old said this was not enough to buy another house and appealed against an eviction order.

A sheriff has now ruled against her, clearing the way for eviction.

The flat where Mrs Jaconelli has lived for 34 years is in an area that has been earmarked for the athletes village at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Appeal hearing

She is now the only remaining resident in the tenement.

At a previous calling of the case, Sheriff Charles McFarlane QC granted the council permission to evict Mrs Jaconelli within 48 hours.

But she was allowed to stay in her property at Ardenlea Street until her appeal had been heard.

The case at Glasgow Sheriff Court last month, heard legal arguments from Mrs Jaconelli's lawyer, Mike Dailly, and Glasgow City Council.

Sheriff Principal James Taylor has now issued a written ruling against the grandmother.

Mrs Jaconelli can now appeal the compensation awarded to her through the Lands Tribunal but will have to leave her home.

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