In 1989, 30 years ago, Glasgow City Council suggested to a meeting of tenants at Whitlawburn housing estate in Cambuslang that they could take over ownership of their low-rise and high-rise tower blocks and become their own landlords.
After years of neglect, disrepair and a degrading social fabric the residents decided they could do a better job.
It was a risk but three decades on, the West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative has been used as an example of excellence for the co-op model in the Scottish Parliament.
This video documentary tells the tenants' story.
Shot and edited by Gianni Marini
September 2019 ©