Fire chief praises housing project

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New Angus Council homes in Carnoustie have received high praise from Scottish Fire and Rescue for their safety standards.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay was in the town recently to meet with council officers at the ongoing housing development at Camus Crescent, which like all new council homes include sprinkler provision.

He leads the Fire Service’s Prevention and Protection teams and their proactive work to reduce the incidence of fire across Scotland.

Mr Ramsay said: “This is just the kind of commitment to home fire safety we would like our local authority partners to undertake and I think it shows real leadership from Angus Council in demonstrating how it should be done.

“We know that prevention can have a massive impact on not only saving lives, but also reducing the enormous upset and upheaval that accidents can bring.”

In the Camus Crescent development 11 out of the 16 houses will be for council rent and the remaining five will be owned and managed for rent by Houses For Heroes. The project is expected to be completed next month.

The convener of the council’s police and fire sub-committee, Councillor Paul Valentine said: “We know how important it is to keep our residents safe, and prevention of fire occurrence is one of the best things that we can do to achieve this.

“That’s why all our new-build council houses have sprinklers as standard.”

Specifically the development will create eight one-bedroom cottages, two two-bedroom cottages and one four bedroom family home for let, and two of these properties will be adapted to be wheelchair-accessible, increasing the number of properties available in Angus to those with special housing needs.

The 4,430 square metre project is being built on the site of the former Camus House care home and the £2 million development is being carried out by Hadden Construction.

The homes will be fitted with a whole house mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system.