AROUND 100 residents of a converted mill building were evacuated after dozens of stones fell from its tower.
The safety concerns were first raised last week during routine maintenance of the former Union Mill tower, in Lockbridge Way, Milnsbridge.
And days later housing association Places For People took the decision to evacuate the 42 flats and six neighbouring properties.
One Lockbridge Way resident told the Examiner: “It was about 10pm on Friday when I was told I had to leave.
“I had my young son with me so we were fortunate that we could go to my dad’s nearby and I am now staying at a hotel.
“We noticed part of the tower had come away on Wednesday, but it wasn’t until they came and told us that we had to get out that we realised how serious it was.”
A Places for People spokesperson said: “Following routine maintenance works this week, we became aware of a possible structural fault with a converted mill at Lockbridge Way.
“Our first priority is the safety of our customers.
“As such, we’ve decided to provide temporary accommodation to 100 people to allow independent experts to continue investigating the issue and to carry out the necessary repair works on the mill.
“We have informed all customers of the issue and have had trained staff on hand throughout the weekend to address any concerns that they may have.
“Our aim is to resolve this issue as speedily as possible so that our customers can return to their homes and lives.”
The windows of the building have now been boarded up at the affected areas to allow the works to be carried out.