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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

South Ayrshire Council completes new eco-friendly public housing development

Forty-two delighted tenants have moved in to new homes at Thornyflat – completing the development ahead of schedule and on cost and the first built by South Ayrshire Council in a generation.

The new £4.5million development, funded by the Council in partnership with the Scottish Government, consists of 42 new homes, a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom properties.


[Celebrations all round as Lynne Docherty is presented with the keys to her new home. Pictured are (left to right back row) Councillor Douglas Campbell, Portfolio Holder for House, Councillor Nan McFarlane, Portfolio Holder for Social Services, Lynne Docherty, Laura McQuiston, Housing Officer and local Councillor John Hampton along with two of Lynne’s children Logan and Tyler.]

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Customer First said: “This development was built after listening to local people to find out the kind of homes they wanted to live in. We considered all comments, and I believe that we have met those aspirations, and we already know that people are pleased with the layouts which meet a whole range of needs.”

“Built using modern building techniques, the homes are environmentally friendly and have achieved an excellent eco rating, which means lower fuel bills. South Ayrshire is the only Council so far to meet this standard and we can proudly say they are the best Council houses in Scotland.”

To mark the occasion Lynne Docherty, one of the first tenants to move in was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Lynne said: “We absolutely love our new home. The space, in particular storage space, is excellent throughout the house. Having an ‘office space’ upstairs gives us somewhere to store the kids toys without them falling over them when they climb out of bed in the morning. Our neighbours are also really friendly, and I can't believe how lucky we have been to receive one of these homes.”

After meeting Lynne and others at the Thornyflat development Councillor Nan McFarlane, Portfolio Holder for Social Services said: “This development provides high quality affordable homes for people.

“The homes have been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of people including those who need low level access to enter their home, or wider doors to accommodate a wheelchair or walking frame.

“I am really pleased that we were able to build new houses in South Ayrshire which meet the modern needs of our tenants. I am confident that people will enjoy living here, because they are not just houses, they truly are homes.”

The construction of the new development provided valuable training and employment for Nathan Brown an apprentice bricklayer and Steven McCallum an apprentice joiner.


[Apprentices Nathan Brown and Steven McCallum are pictured at the new Thornyflat development.]

Through Access Construction the apprentices are gaining employment with linked training in the building industry. The programme encourages unemployed people to seek employment with a contractor as an apprentice, trainee labourer or trainee administrator. It targets those who would not otherwise consider applying for a construction job with a training commitment.

Originally focused on its own building contracts, Ayrshire Housing has extended the model across Ayrshire through a consortium of four housing associations. The development and day to day management of the project is handled by the Ayr-based Aspire2gether. This independent social enterprise is also a leading provider of housing support and related services across Ayrshire.

On completion of the work at Thornyflat both apprentices will move on to other construction contracts with their employer CCG.

Access Construction has helped more than 30 individuals to gain employment with linked training in the building industry. An independent evaluation has demonstrated its value both to the individual trainees and to the building contractors themselves. Through the programme, unemployed people are encouraged to seek employment with a contractor as an apprentice, trainee labourer or trainee administrator. Originally focused on its own building contracts, Ayrshire Housing has extended the model across Ayrshire by through a consortium of four housing associations. The development and day to day management of the project is handled by the Ayr-based Aspire2gether. This independent social enterprise is also a leading provider of housing support and related services across Ayrshire.

www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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