Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Glasgow City Council to evict Grandmother from home with £30k purchase order ‘that wouldn’t cover cocaine scandal bill of shamed ex leader Purcell'

City Council ChambersGlasgow City Council evicts Grandmother for £30k to make way for Commonwealth Games. GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL have been granted permission to evict a grandmother from her own home to make way for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, offering the meagre sum of £30,000 in a compulsory purchase order which today was dubbed by a legal insider “so cheap for the Council it wouldn’t even cover the amount spent on & used to cover up the scandal of cocaine usage by it’s ex shamed leader, Steven Purcell”.

For a reminder of the Steven Purcell cocaine scandal and its cost to Glasgow, read our earlier coverage HERE.

Advocate Gerry Moynihan, representing Glasgow City Council was on hand to put things right (for the Council) and argue Mrs Jaconelli could “appeal the compensation through the lands tribunal if she felt that it was not enough.” (oh, the Lands Tribunal …. riiiight – Ed)

The Lands Tribunal ‘for Scotland’ is in effect an independent civil court. It has statutory power to deal with various types of dispute involving land or property. At the request of parties, it can also act as an arbiter to deal with any type of dispute. However, if there is no such agreement it can only hear cases covered by the statutes mentioned at Specific Statutory Jurisdictions. You will find a schedule of forthcoming Tribunal hearings below.

The Tribunal has a President who has overall responsibility for the organisation of its work, and three Members who have recognised expertise in the fields of law and surveying. The current President of the Tribunal is the Hon. Lord McGhie, who is also Chairman of the Scottish Land Court. The present Members are John Wright QC, Kenneth Barclay FRICS, and Ian Darling FRICS.

There is a close relationship between the Lands Tribunal and the Scottish Land Court: they share the same offices, and the President of the Lands Tribunal is also Chairman of the Land Court. However, the work they do is quite distinct, and they have separate administrative staff and systems. The Land Court deals with cases involving agriculture and is mainly concerned in matters involving landlords and tenants. Most disputes about rights to land (for example, disputes over ownership or succession) are dealt with by the ordinary courts: the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.

(Neu Labour in Glasgow gone wrong again evicting ordinary folks ? dont worry Ye Olde Labour has returned to put things [not] right – Ed (of SLR, not the wrong trousers Ed of returning Ye Olde Labour)

BBC News reports on Glasgow City Council’s cheap eviction compensation package, so cheap its cheaper than cocaine, legal fees, and the costs of covering up the occasional cocaine scandal ….

Glasgow grandmother faces Commonwealth Games eviction

A Glasgow grandmother is facing eviction from her home of 34 years to make way for the Commonwealth Games.The flat where Margaret Jaconelli lives in Dalmarnock is in an area earmarked for the athletes village.

Glasgow City Council was previously granted a compulsory purchase order for the house for £30,000. After Mrs Jaconelli refused, the authority raised a civil action at Glasgow Sheriff Court and were given permission to evict her by Thursday. The court heard how Mrs Jaconelli's flat was one of several homes subject to compulsory purchase orders. She is now the only remaining resident and has been living in an empty tower block for some time.

In a statement she read to the court, she said: "We're being told that properties are being pulled down for regeneration but it's more like degeneration. "Communities have disappeared and friendships have been lost by the council pulling down large parts of the east end so that it is now reminiscent of Beirut."

Mrs Jaconelli said she was the "sole survivor of a council policy to raze Dalmarnock to the ground".

The grandmother added: "I'm just a wee person from the east end of Glasgow and all I'm doing is fighting for a home that my husband has worked hard for for 34 years. They're stealing my property after us working so hard for it." Mrs Jaconelli added that she would have difficulty buying her family a "tent or an outside toilet" with the £30,000 the council are giving her as compensation.

Advocate Gerry Moynihan, representing Glasgow City Council, told the court that Mrs Jaconelli could appeal the compensation through the lands tribunal if she felt that it was not enough. But the advocate added that the law states that the dispute over compensation should not stop the compulsory purchase or Mrs Jaconelli's eviction. Mr Moynihan also said the council had offered Mrs Jaconelli and her family alternative accommodation but she had rejected their offers.

Mrs Jaconelli responded that the properties which were offered were too far away from Dalmarnock and the rent was too expensive. She currently owns her property and has no rent to pay.

Sheriff Richard McFarlane QC told Mrs Jaconelli that he recognised the seriousness of the case and the consequences she faced but was bound by the law. The sheriff granted the council permission to evict her within two days time.

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