South Scotland

Council to refund home repairs in Stranraer

Owners of former council homes in Stranraer who helped finance local authority repairs to their properties are to be refunded.

The move comes after Dumfries and Galloway Council failed in a bid to force other householders to pay a share of costs.

The repairs were carried out to tackle dampness in housing blocks containing both council and private flats.

Councillors agreed to refund almost £26,000 to five home owners.

A total of 13 other residents who owned their homes under the "right to buy" scheme refused to pay, insisting the work was unnecessary.

The council launched court action more than a decade ago to recover repair costs from them, but it finally drew to a close last year without success.

The blocks involved were located in Antrim Avenue, Galloway Avenue, Glenwell Avenue and Old Port Avenue.

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