Clune Park Street Re- Development
Gone was the old coal fire and with it the need to lift buckets up and down stairs. Each house now had a mantle peice and electric fire.
Crowds gather at 13 Clune Park Street to see for themself the improvents that have been made!
The Clune Park modernization scheme which was to cost £330,00 was a very ambitious project. It was not the first or the biggest re-housing project to be done by Lithgows.
The depression and the second world war put a stop to any large scale modernization of homes.
The original houses were mostly of room and kitchen style, with the bed recess, the idea was to make the alterations as simple, quick and providing a small house at a low rent was the objective.
430 houses were to be modernized at the cost of £800 each. With the plan being to complete one a day.
The open fires of course were to go and a decorative mantel piece in each livingroom with an electric fire. hot water immersion heaters were installed and the whole of Clune Park Street was to be wired for electricity. Add to this the 'piped' TV and raidio aerial system and the houses were truly modern.
The show houses attracted wide attention. more than 1,600 people passed through them on the first Sunday they were open to the public.
When Mr Galbraith, under secretary for Scotland visited the houses at Clune Park Street he said he hoped it would encourage other individuals and authorities to take advantage of the improvement grants.
He said " One might think that this whole project was planned like a military operation, if one did not know that it had been carried out by shipbuilders whose skill and forethought have made the name of Lithgow renowned wherever ships sail the seas"
Today if you wished to purchase a flat in either Clune Park Street or any of the surrounding streets you can do so for as little as £5000. But the feeling of belonging and the community spirit is still their among many of the tenants.
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