COUNCIL bosses have called on owners who have waited eight years for repairs to their homes to back them.

Residents have been locked in a repairs wrangle since the Q Club snooker hall collapse in 2011.

As told in the Evening Times, a stalemate between insurers Aviva and Glasgow City Council left locals stuck with damage to their homes and businesses.

Now an open meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23for home owners to discuss plans with council officials in a bid to resolve the long-running situation.

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A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "The council is committed to delivering a solution to the current problems but ultimately we can only achieve this if we have the support of the owners."

The roof of the Q Club, behind Victoria Road in what would ordinarily be a back court area, and flanked by Calder Street and Kingarth Street, began to cave in in 2011.

Glasgow City Council building control team deemed it unsafe and the now-liquidated Hunter Demolition brought the property down.

The situation became legally complex with Glasgow City Council insisting insurance company Aviva should pay out while Aviva's position was that the council should take responsibility.

It was further complicated by the fact the backcourt area was still owned by the owners of the former Q Club, bringing an additional party into the situation.

Meanwhile, business owners on the ground floor of the property and residents claimed they had been left with damage to their properties.

The backcourt area between Kingarth Street and Calder Street was unusable and become even more derelict when factors diverted a waste water pipe out into the area.

In 2016 we told how the Victoria Road Carpets shop was flooded as too many sewage pipes had been diverted into one down pipe.

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Residents were also experiencing raw sewage flooding up into baths and sinks as well as into their toilets.

To rectify this problem, factors ordered the pipes be diverted from flats at 366 Victoria Road, spewing kitchen waste out on to the open ground.

Last May following a meeting chaired by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a deal was finally been brokered to rebuild the shops and reinstate the backcourt area in two stages.

At the time, business owner Brian Callander said: "It feel like light at the end of the tunnel but once I see the first brick come down then I will relax."

A year on, that first brick is still not laid but Glasgow City Council hopes it can get majority support from residents for its plans.

Now there is the intention from the council to buy the backcourt area from the owners of the former snooker club.

Residents have told the Evening Times a design for the backcourt has been agreed by the council's planning team but residents must be consulted before a formal planning application would be lodged.

It is planned that the damaged back wall at the commercial ground floor of the tenemental property would need to be taken down and rebuilt.

Work to take down and rebuild the back wall would need a building warrant before work could go ahead.

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The open meeting will be held in the offices of Govanhill Housing Association on Coplaw Street between 3pm and 7pm.

Anyone with questions about the council's proposals can come in to ask them directly of design teams who will be there.

All plans agreed on are subject to legal hurdles that the council still faces but it is hoped these can be worked around.