Plans to provide ‘Homes for Heroes’

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THE SITE of a Carnoustie care home earmarked for clearance is set to house ex-members of the armed forces who have been injured in the line of duty.

On Thursday it was agreed by Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee that Camus House, which is set to be closed, will be demolished.

And this will allow the authority to create 12 new affordable houses for rent, with a further five wheelchair-adapted houses being built for ex-service personnel.

Members of the committee agreed that a section of the site, once completed, would be transferred to the charity Houses for Heroes Scotland and leased to them at a peppercorn rent for 100 years.

In a report circulated at the meeting, neighbourhood services director Ron Ashton wrote that the council believed the site would be a good place for disabled ex-service personnel to re-adapt to civilian life.

He said: “The site at Camus House is ideal for this purpose, as it is centrally located for all town services with level access to the High Street and other amenities, with good availability of all types of public transport.

“This will provide a good environment for ex services clients to make the transition from military routine to a civilian lifestyle and enable them to fully integrate into the community.

“Consequently the council has been in discussion with the charity Houses for Heroes Scotland, who are considered to be the most appropriate specialist housing organisation to deliver this objective.”

And the convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison, was also delighted the local authority was going to help be able to provide such accommodation.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for us to build a dozen more much-needed one and two bedroomed council houses for rent, as part of our council house building programme.

“In addition, Houses for Heroes will be able to provide adapted houses in a central location, to assist ex-services clients to make a transition from military to civilian life and integrate into the community.”

The site will be developed as one contract to ensure consistency of design and energy efficiency.

The council also added that there may also be opportunities to house people with learning disabilities on the site, where practicable and where resources allow.

Camus House is to be soon vacated with residents set to move to a new care centre being constructed on the old Kinloch Primary School site.

Work began on the new £10 million building in 2011 and it is hoped to be opened later this year.

It will include a high dependency residential care unit, a respite care unit, a day care centre and office accommodation.

There will also be 25 two-bedroom and three one-bedroom houses with tenancies for older people with some linked to the care home itself.

Some old features of the original school building that stood on the Kinloch site have been retained including the old school bell, which will form part of the entrance to the new facility.