Estate dubbed ‘Chernobyl’ where 20 brave souls still live despite warning signs

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'Scotland's Chernobyl' has been abandoned by all but 20 hardy residents who refuse to up sticks.

Urban explorers have shared their snaps from the largely derelict and vandalised Clune Park estate in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, which is a shadow of its once thriving community.

A church (shut in 1997) and a primary school (shut in 2008) are just two of the former hubs of the estate left to rot and ruin with boarded up windows, the Daily Record reports.

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Despite the council's best efforts to have the 430-flat estate bulldozed, a long and bitter feud with private landlords who won't sell up has so far left the eyesore untouched.

The leader of Inverclyde Council, Stephen McCabe, said: "It would remind you of somewhere like Chernobyl".

The arsonist-hit site was once the cheapest place to buy property in Britain after one flat sold for just £7,000 at auction.

Photographs from inside Clune Park show abandoned homes full of possessions as if residents left their homes in a rush.

Kyle Urbex, 26, felt uneasy as he explored the abandoned buildings and was in disbelief when he spotted people still living there.

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He told the Record: "One of the things that struck me the most was that the majority of the flat blocks are abandoned and derelict but some people are still living there. Some flats still had lots of possessions in them, like someone had gone out for the day and never came back.

"Outside of the flats, it is surprising to see people still going about their normal lives and going into houses next to the estate when 80% of it is derelict.

"It is sad in a way to see what would have once been a thriving community, where everyone knew each other, all falling into itself in a derelict state."

While Kyle spent two-hours exploring the 45 four-storey tenement buildings, he could hear a handful of residents who remain on the estate moving around in occupied flats.

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In one photograph, a mattress and carpet can be seen in a communal hall, while another shows a letter addressed to a previous tenant has been left untouched.

Kitchens and bathrooms inside the estate have fallen apart and extensive fire damage has led to peeling walls and structural damage.

The demolition of Clune Park has resulted in a long and bitter feud between private landlords who won't sell up and Inverclyde Council, who want it demolished.

The latest round of talks with two major landlords ended without success in January.


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