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240-home estate where just ten families remain

Deserted: Just ten homeowners remain on the Deans South estate in Livingstone, West Lothian

HOUSEPROUD Kerry MacIntosh stands defiantly outside her gleaming front door.

She is one of just ten homeowners left on a ghost town estate that once housed 240 families but was condemned 15 years ago.

Their properties — built in the 1960s in Livingston, West Lothian — were earmarked for demolition because they were made from concrete. Council tenants were moved out, leaving most of the estate uninhabited.

Defiant: Kerry MacIntosh outside her home PICTURES: SWNS

But some homeowners refused to go, saying West Lothian council was not offering them enough cash.

A developer has now offered to re-home them if they agree to sell up. But it is dependent on everyone agreeing to the deal, which has so far not happened.

Ms MacIntosh lives on the Deans South estate with her children, aged ten and 13. She bought her home in 2002. Two years later, she was told it needed to be demolished. She said: ‘There wasn’t anything wrong with it. But they condemned it so we couldn’t move.’

A council spokesman said it had made an increased offer to the homeowners. Developer Springfield Properties declined to comment.