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Complainant Name:
Ms Angela Climie

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Hamilton Advertiser


Ms Angela Climie, Corporate Communications Manager at North Lanarkshire Council, complained that an article reporting that residents of Witcutt Way in Netherton were concerned that a house in the street would be used to accommodate ex-offenders from Carstairs was inaccurate and intrusive. She said that it had been made clear to the newspaper that there was no truth in this rumour. Further, the complainant indicated that it was not the council but Sanctuary Housing Association with funding contributed by the council who had bought the house. She was also concerned that the publication of the address and a photograph of the location of the property had intruded into the private lives of its new residents.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

The Hamilton Advertiser received a complaint from North Lanarkshire Council about a story we printed in August about a property in Witcutt Way, Netherton. As a result, we have now agreed to print the following statement.

The council made it clear to the paper that this property would not be used to accommodate ex-offenders from Carstairs and the Advertiser accepts that there is no evidence to substantiate any claim to the contrary.

The Advertiser agrees with the council that people have the right to live in ordinary housing within their own community, and have their privacy and dignity respected. It was certainly not our intention to compromise those rights. If this has resulted then we apologise for that and will take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

We also acknowledge the Councils responsibility in respect of protecting the privacy of those who use their services.

Our headline stated that this property was purchased by the council which was incorrect. The house was, in fact, purchased by Sanctuary Housing Association using grant funding contributed by the council. North Lanarkshire Council works with a range of partners, including housing associations, to meet the housing needs of the area.

Report: 78

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