New houses get seal of approval

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A GOVERNMENT minister has given the thumbs up to the new Kinloch housing development in Carnoustie.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment, toured around the show home at 1 Burgh School Close on Wednesday. It is the first Angus Council housing development in 15 years.

Mr Neil was welcomed to the site by Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville and convener of neighbourhood services Councillor Jim Millar.

Also in attendance were tenants’ representatives as well as Carnoustie councillors Helen Oswald, Peter Murphy and Brian Boyd.

The Scottish Government put up £250,000 of funding to help get the project - which aims to provide much needed, quality, affordable and energy efficient homes - off the ground.

The 10 houses for rent are part of a larger development of the former Kinloch School site which also includes 28 supported housing cottages and a care centre, on schedule for completion this year.

On arriving at the new homes on the Kinloch development, Mr Neil gave a short speech about how delighted he was to see Angus Council building such high quality affordable housing.

He also added the importance of their energy efficiency and said that developments such as these not only help families but keep workers in jobs.

Mr Neil explained: “Angus Council, like many local authorities across Scotland, is working hard to arrest years of decline in council house building. It is to be congratulated for its ambitious programme that will deliver 147 council houses across the region.

“This will not only provide new affordable homes for families in Angus, but will stimulate growth and support jobs in the construction sector and wider economy. 

“Nationwide, we have now allocated almost £115 million to local authorities, which will help deliver over 4,400 new council homes.”

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