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Saturday, 5 February 2011

South Ayrshire set for first new Council houses in decades

South Ayrshire Council has marked the official start of construction work on the first new Council houses in the area for more than 30 years at a special ceremony in Ayr.

[Pictured: Marking the official start of the construction work at the Thornyflat site are (left to right): Kenny Leinster, Head of Community Care and Housing, South Ayrshire Council; Councillor Nan McFarlane; Councillor Bill McIntosh; Councillor Douglas Campbell; Councillor Tom Slider; Councillor Ian Cavana; Scott Cameron, Scottish Government; David Anderson, Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council.]

A total of 42 new Council houses will be built at Thornyflat in Ayr as part of a £4.5 million project funded by South Ayrshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The development – comprising two, three and four bedroom houses – will offer a significant boost to the number of affordable homes in the areas and provide tenants with modern, accessible and environmentally-friendly homes.

The design of the new houses was influenced by local residents who put forward various comments and suggestions on how the houses should look and the features they should include such as level entry for all houses and downstairs bedrooms.

The construction project is being managed by Ayrshire Housing on behalf of the Council and the houses are scheduled to be completed by December 2011.

To mark the work at Thornyflat, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Bill McIntosh, was joined by local Councillors and representatives from the Scottish Government, Ayrshire Housing and other organisations involved in the project to cut the first ‘sod’, allowing the construction of the buildings to get underway.

Councillor McIntosh said: “It’s appropriate that we celebrate this landmark moment – the start of the first project of its kind in this area for a generation – on such an important day, Robert Burns’ birthday.

“Just like Burns, we are making history here and I am very proud that, with our partners in the Scottish Government, we will create 42 fantastic new homes for the people of South Ayrshire. I look forward to seeing the houses take shape in the coming months.”

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said: “Scottish Government funding is helping local authorities to reverse the decades of decline in council house building.

“South Ayrshire Council is playing an important part in that nationwide revolution, which is good news for families in the region that want access to high quality, affordable homes.”

Councillor Douglas Campbell, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, added: “There is a huge demand for good quality rented accommodation in South Ayrshire and these new homes will be very popular.

“They are well designed, energy efficient and located in an attractive setting overlooking the golf course.

“This is one step in meeting the ever increasing need for housing and the Council is very conscious that we need to do more to help those on our waiting list have the chance of their own home.”

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