RESIDENTS occupying two blocks of flats in Tillicoultry have had to be evacuated from their homes, as fears over the condition of aerated concrete grow.

Traces of the controversial RAAC concrete was in blocks of flats on High Street and Park Street in the town.

Residents were immediately evacuated from their properties and moved into temporary accommodation while the council can conduct thorough safety checks.

The blocks of flats on 6-22 Park Street and 35-51 High Street have now been completely evacuated.

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Advertiser they are very distressed by the ordeal, particularly around the uncertainty of the situation.

They said: "The council arrived at my door at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 11 and told me I had two hours to get my stuff packed up and leave the building.

“My children and I have been moved into temporary accommodation and we’ve been told we’ll be here for a week then they’ll have to move us into either homeless accommodation or empty houses.

“We don’t know if we’ll be allowed to get back in but we were told that structural engineers have went in to find out if they can fix the roof or not.

“I’m feeling quite stressed, my kids are panicking and we’re all worrying about what is going to happen now.”

The two blocks of flats emptied this week join 75-97 Chapelle Crescent, which was identified as containing traces of RAAC two weeks ago.

The evacuation of a further two blocks of flats mean there are now dozens of residents displaced in the Wee County, spread over homeless accommodation and available hotels.

Dangerous building notices have now been placed on the three blocks, preventing anybody from gaining access.

A spokesperson for Clackmannanshire Council said: “The safety of tenants and residents remains our priority.

“Due to potential safety issues with the condition of RAAC in three buildings in Tillicoultry at Chapelle Crescent, High Street and Park Street, occupants have been served with Section 42 notices under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 which required them to be immediately evacuated from the building.

“A dangerous building notice was also served under the same act on the owners, which confirms that the building constitutes a danger and the requirement of those owners to carry out a building survey of their property as details in the notice.

“Taking account of individual circumstances, those affected have been provided with support and advice to find alternative accommodation while further detailed investigations take place, and we will continue to keep them informed of developments.

“Engineers are continuing to inspect other properties in Clackmannanshire that may be affected, and we will keep those occupiers updated as we receive further information.”