New homes joy for Bearsden tenants

Angus McInnes of UBC, Joanna Voisey of Trust Housing Association, EDC Council leader Rhondda Geekie, Mike McLellan of Campbell Morris Architects, Karen Shaw of EDC and Councillor Amanda Stewart at the opening of four newly built council flats in Bearsden. Thursday, Aug. 25 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark
Angus McInnes of UBC, Joanna Voisey of Trust Housing Association, EDC Council leader Rhondda Geekie, Mike McLellan of Campbell Morris Architects, Karen Shaw of EDC and Councillor Amanda Stewart at the opening of four newly built council flats in Bearsden. Thursday, Aug. 25 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark

FOUR new council houses in Bearsden are the first to be built in East Dunbartonshire for over two decades.

So it was a momentous occasion last week when the keys for the two bedroom cottage flats at Kenilworth Crescent, Bearsden, were handed over to the council.

Councillor Amanda Stewart, convenor of East Dunbartonshire Council’s housing and communities committee and councillor for Bearsden North, said: “The council is delighted with the completion of these new homes.

“Availability of affordable quality housing is a key driver in helping to retain young people and families in East Dunbartonshire and this marks a huge step forward in our aim to increase the number of affordable rented houses in the area.

“They will be allocated to people on the council’s housing list and I’m confident that the tenants will be extremely pleased with the excellent standard of accommodation available.”

This move is part of the council’s local housing strategy which aims to meet housing need and promote choice, deliver quality housing, build sustainable communities, promote independence in the community and prevent and reduce homelessness.

Developed by UBC Central Ltd, the new homes have benefitted from grant funding provided by the Scottish Government and have been built in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Housing for Varying Needs Standards.

They also meet 2010 Building Standards which means that they are energy efficient, making them more affordable for tenants and ensuring that they will meet their needs both now and in the future. They will also help the council to minimise and reduce the amount of carbon emitted in the area.

Additional new-build council houses in other areas of East Dunbartonshire are currently being built. Due for completion in January 2012, Oak Drive in Lenzie will provide 15 one and two bed cottage flats and close entry flats for rent. The council also recently approved a planning application for 41 properties at Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs, 23 of these will be new council houses for rent. These will bring together a range of one, two and three bed cottage flats and close entry flats and are likely to be completed in July 2012.