TENANTS have moved into their brand new council homes in Barrhead, marking the first social housing builds by East Renfrewshire Council for a generation.
The development on Robertson Street/Cross Arthurlie St is one of three council sites to have been formed as part of a strategic partnership between the authority and CCG consisting of four three-bedroom houses and nine one-bedroom flats, including a fully adapted wheelchair property.
Roberston Street is now home to four families and nine tenants in the 60+ age group.
CCG recently completed Fenwick Drive (10 homes), also in Barrhead, and is currently on-site at Blackbyres Court (22 homes) which is set to be complete this autumn.
Evelyn Milligan, 60, was facing homelessness until she received the call from the council’s housing team to confirm she had been allocated one of the new flats at Roberston Street.
“Having worked my entire life, I had to give up my job in 2018 due to a number of health issues. My housing benefit wasn’t enough to cover my rent so I was going to be evicted by my landlord. I had searched for private properties that I could afford and wasn’t finding anything suitable.
“So you can imagine my delight when I took the call from the Housing team offering me this flat. My sister and I were in tears, we couldn’t believe it. I had visions of having to move away from my family, to a place where I would be isolated, but here I am in a lovely flat, with nice neighbours, in a great location and most importantly, I feel safe – I am so happy.”
CCG Director, Calum Murray said:
“The strategic partnership between East Renfrewshire Council and CCG was created for people like Evelyn and we are delighted to hear that she has settled into her new home. Through collaborative working practices, CCG, East Renfrewshire and MAST Architects have designed homes that respond to identified need focusing on the optimisation of space and amenity as well as delivering a product that is of the highest standards of quality and environmental performance thanks to offsite methods of construction.
“Since the commencement of the works in 2018, two new jobs and one trade apprenticeship have been created alongside the provision of four work placements and curriculum support for local schools and colleges. Over £3000 has been donated to the local community including Arthurlie Juniors Football Club and The Foundry and upon the completion of Blackbyres Road, a full-time job, trade apprenticeship and 3 work placements will also be delivered.”
All three of the projects were procured through the Scottish Procurement Alliance NH1 New Build Homes Framework.