Broomhall Flats in the 1970s
Alan Billings and Mandy Bryce interviewed
Alan Billings, vicar of St Silas church in the 1970s talks about the Broomhall Flats. These formed a large part of his parish – albeit on the other side of the Ring Road dual carriageway.
Unfortunately the flats were not a great success: problems soon developed with condensation, damp, pharaoh ants and poor quality concrete. In the 1970s the Council were forced to re-house people, demolish the flats, and replace with a social housing based on a much-improved design.
Mandy Bryce can remember many meetings with residents of the flats, and helped set up a Tenants Association which tried to address the issues.