THE 200th tenant of West Dunbartonshire Council and CCG’s ambitious affordable housebuilding programme has been welcomed into her new home at the former St Andrews High School in Clydebank.
Karen Hay, 49, is moving into an accessible home with 10-year-old daughter Zoe, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair.
Karen says the new ground floor flat, which has a range of features to make it fully accessible, will mean far more freedom for Zoe, and allow the Linnvale Primary pupil to have some independence.
She said: “Our current home is over two levels, so we have to navigate stairs when Zoe wants to go to bed, and our bathroom is downstairs.
“This new home will change things entirely because it has so many features that will make life easier for both of us. The doorways are wider so her wheelchair can fit into every room, the bathroom has a wet room so she can shower herself instead of relying on me lifting her into the bath, the light switches are lower and plug sockets higher to make it easier for her, and the sink and hob can move up and down to the required height.
“It may seem like small things to anyone else, but it means such a lot to us. It will give her freedom and independence she has never been able to have before. She is actually most excited to get in because she can start washing the dishes. We really can’t wait.”
Karen received keys to her new home last week and is planning to move in July.
She was joined by the Council’s Housing and Communities Convener Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Convener Councillor Ian Dickson, and CCG Managing Director David Wylie.
Councillor Docherty said: “This is an important milestone as we welcome our 200th tenant. I am pleased to have had the chance to meet with Karen and hear how this home will improve things for herself and her daughter.
“The homes we are building all over West Dunbartonshire are not only stylish but they are practical, affordable, energy-efficient and a number of them with full accessibility.
“Our tenants are at the heart of everything we do, and it is fantastic to see them enjoying their new surroundings.”
Councillor Dickson said: “Over the last few years we have been working towards our ambitious More Homes Better Homes commitment to increase our housing stock and have introduced a great number of new homes. I am extremely proud of the progress that has been made so far and of our plans to continue that housing growth throughout West Dunbartonshire.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Karen and Zoe, and all our other new tenants, to their new homes. I wish them many years of happiness in the future.”
The St Andrew’s site has been transformed into a development of 126 homes in a mix of one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses and is one of four projects to have been delivered across the local authority region since 2018 including the former Haldane Primary School (58 homes) in Dumbarton, the former Aitkenbar Primary School (55 homes) in Bellsmyre and Creveul Court (22 homes) in Alexandria.
CCG Managing Director, David Wylie, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Karen and her young daughter, Zoe; it is always heart-warming to hear of a person’s joy at receiving a new home that is going to bring great benefit to her family and I am delighted that they will be settling in this summer.
“Karen’s story is one of many positive outcomes that have been generated as a result of our partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council. We use a collaborative design-for-build process and modern procurement frameworks to ensure that we bring tailored homes to site far more efficiently than traditional means whilst our advanced construction methods deliver enhanced quality, a faster speed of build and vastly improved energy performance.
“At this important milestone, I thank the Council for choosing CCG as their housebuilding partner and look forward to delivering many more homes for the communities of West Dunbartonshire for many years to come.”
A lasting legacy of social value has also been generated as a result of St Andrew’s development including the creation of four new jobs, two work placements and a commitment to contribute up to £11,000 to locally-based projects.
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