Angus honours its military heroes

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ANGUS Council on Tuesday night paid tribute to the county’s military heroes with a pledge of bricks and mortar support in the form of five new custom built homes in Carnoustie.

At an event in the Scottish Parliament sponsored by North East MSP Alex Johnstone, the Provost of Angus Helen Oswald announced the formation of a new house building partnership between the council and the veterans’ charity, Houses for Heroes Scotland.

The Provost said: “Angus Council and Houses for Heroes Scotland have created a unique partnership through which we plan to develop five new family homes in Carnoustie, designed to meet the specific needs of our veterans.

“The council plans to support the charity with land and a financial contribution, to make the building of these much needed homes a reality.”

A portion of the existing Camus House site has been identified as being a suitable location for the proposed Houses for Heroes development, subject to the usual approvals.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander, chairman of Houses for Heroes, praised the council’s work. He commented: “In working together we are able to achieve these new homes and the partnership we are developing with Angus Council is an example to other areas in Scotland.”

Angus Council’s veteran’s champion, Major Ronnie Proctor, welcomed the announcement of the new development.

The Holyrood event was also attended by Scottish Veterans Minister Keith Brown MSP, a veteran of the Falklands Conflict who was formerly based at RM Condor.

Mr Johnstone said: “I was delighted to sponsor this event. Providing the support our veterans need will be increasingly important over the coming years. I applaud the work done by Angus Council and I would encourage other authorities to follow this example.”