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New Drill Hall, Port Glasgow

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been drawn to the action of the military authorities in Port Glasgow who, against the expressed wish of the town council, are proceeding to build a new drill hall on a site required for re-housing those displaced by slum clearance; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter?

The erection of a new drill hall at Port Glasgow has been under consideration for more than three years, and plans for re-building on the present site and a small adjacent area have recently been completed. Last July, the town council informed the Territorial Army Association of the county of Renfrew that they proposed under the Housing Act, 1925, to include the site of the present drill hall in a slum clearance area. Although demolition of the old premises is now proceeding, the town council have been informed that the association will consider any suitable alternative site that may be offered within a reasonable time, provided that all expenses resulting from the change of site are borne by the town council.