RESIDENTS claim they are lucky to be alive after a slate tile crashed just a foot away from a homeowner.

It was the first of two incidents in four days involving falling roof tiles at the troubled Thistle Housing Association site in Toryglen.

As previously told in the Evening Times, a management team was parachuted in to take over Thistle HA after a 12-week upgrade scheme to 600 homes took more than two years to complete.

And locals say the work is still not up to scratch - with roof tiles falling from two different blocks of flats.

Resident David Crockwell said: "Somebody is going to be killed one day; somebody is going to be seriously hurt.

"Nobody has been up on the roof, nobody has been playing ball, the slates just fell off."

A spokeswoman for Thistle Housing Association insisted the safety of residents is of "utmost importance".

The first tile fell from the roof of 49 Kerrycroy Avenue at lunchtime on Wednesday.

A resident was in his front garden when he was showered by dust by a roof tile shattering just next to his feet.

Then, in the early hours of Saturday morning, a tile fell from the rood of nearby 23 Ardnahoe Avenue.

This is the same address where in September last year a chimney coping stone fell off, following months of safety complaints raised by residents.

Locals have repeatedly raised concerns about the quality of workmanship following what began as an energy efficiency programme of works at their homes.

In conjunction with energy giant E-on, the major works programme was paid for by Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government funds to the tune of £4.25 million each.

But, as blunder after blunder occurred and the works were delayed by months then years, relations between the housing association and residents broke down the point where the association repeatedly reported residents to the police.

Eventually the Scottish Housing Regulator found serious governance and financial mismanagement at Thistle HA and established its own team to take over the organisation.

But locals insist there are still issues with the work that was carried out on their homes.

Mr Crockwell added: “It’s not right and it will never be right.

“They would have to take the whole thing apart and do it all again, which is not going to happen.

Thistle HA was contacted about the Kerrycroy incident but was not available yesterday to comment on the Ardnahoe incident.

A spokeswoman for Thistle Housing Association said: “The safety of our residents is of the utmost importance.

“When we became aware of this matter our contractor was immediately asked to attend and check the roof area around the tile which had dislodged.

“They replaced the tile and confirmed that no further remedial action was necessary.

“This was an isolated incident which will be fully investigated, with residents being kept updated.”