COUNCIL SPEEDS UP HAMILTONS SLUM CLEARANCE FEBRUARY 1974.

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In February 1974 Anxious to rid Hamilton of Slums, the Council Speeded up its Slum Clearance Programme from 100 houses a year to 150.
 
This brought forward the demolition of some properties which might have been expected to have a longer life. The council put out advertisements for anyone in the Burgh who were intending to purchase or rent a tenement in Hamilton should consult the Town House before taking any action.
 
In February 1974, the council agreed to an order for the demolition of 5-19 Johnstone Street, the improvement of 55-77 Gateside Street and demolition of 4-12 Brown Street and all work on these streets were carried out in 1974.
 
The director of environmental health submitted a list of properties to be dealt with by 1980. These included certain homes, Shops etc., in Woodside Walk, Lorne Street, Chapel Street, Quarry Place, Montrose Crescent, Almada Street, High Patrick Street, Avon Street, Haddow Street, Ann Street, Quarry Street, Glasgow Road, Stewart Street, Glenlee Street, Robertson Street, Burnbank Road, Dalziel Street, William Street, John Street, Portland Park, Portland Place, Campbell Street, Low Waters Road, Morris Street, Townhead Street, Miller Street, Low Patrick Street, Jack Street, Hope Street, 6 Wellhall Road, Windmill Road, Burnblea Street, Union Street, Lamb Street, 1 Bothwell Road, Cadzow Street, Barrack Street & Cadzow Lane.
 
As you can all imagine, this would have been a major change to these areas in Hamilton and when these houses and shops were demolished, it would change the way that these streets would look for ever.
 
We would like to know if you were affected by this compulsory purchase by the town council in the late 70s? If you were, where did the Council rehome you, or if you owned a shop where did they accommodate you with new business premises? Let us know and share your memories.
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Nora MacDonald Fabric Shop.

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Nora MacDonald Fabric Shop.

Nora MacDonald’s shop was situated on Glasgow Road in Burnbank and it was across from the Old Greenfield School.

Minutes Made chip shop one side, and Jimmy Mitchell’s pet shop was at the other. Nora lived in Kenilworth Crescent in the Jungle.

The date the shop opened is unknown to me but it was closed down in 1971 by compulsory purchase from the council.

The picture is courtesy of Linda Reid who is Nora’s daughter and was sent to Burnbank Banter in June 2013.

What are your memories of Nora MacDonald’s fabric Shop on Glasgow Road? Let us Know!