Council plans to build more houses

ANGUS Council is planning to build another eight affordable houses for rent in Carnoustie and Monifieth.

The new houses will be constructed on three council-owned garage and parking sites at Rose Street, Carnoustie, and at Northbank Street and Milton Street in Monifieth.

This latest phase of the council’s house building programme was approved by the neighbourhood services committee on Thursday.

The council’s housing spokesperson, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: “Building these houses will reduce the housing waiting list and increase the number of affordable family sized homes for rent. In addition it gives us the opportunity to create ecologically friendly high quality homes to meet the varying needs of tenants.”

He explained that the council would be tendering for the three projects separately to encourage smaller building companies to bid for the works.

Councillor Morrison went on: “Smaller and medium sized companies can find the procurement process for larger contracts difficult to access as often they are unable to provide sufficient evidence of resources, capability and experience from similar sized projects already completed.

“Although our criteria for selection will be just as stringent as ever, we hope the smaller scale of these housing developments will encourage the smaller firms to tender. In turn, this may also help them increase their apprenticeship provision and training.”

Cash for the projects will come from the council’s housing revenue account. There are currently 159 properties in the council’s house building programme, 23 of which have been completed, in Carnoustie, Monifieth and Arbroath.