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Affordable housing opens new doors for tenants

Councillors Iain Gaul, Ronnie Proctor, and Jeanette Gaul are pictured with tenant Nicola Rennie and her daughter.

Councillors Iain Gaul, Ronnie Proctor, and Jeanette Gaul are pictured with tenant Nicola Rennie and her daughter.

The keys to one of five brand new council houses in Kirriemuir have been officially handed over to the development’s first tenant.

Situated in Marywell Gardens, the semi-detached three-bedroom and two-bedroom homes have been built on land occupied previously by three blocks of council flats.

Councillor Iain Gaul, Angus Council leader, officially opened the development and presented a set of keys to Nicola Rennie and her daughter Mylie Bogue, who will move in to one of the properties. Mr Gaul, who was joined on site by Councillor Jeanette Gaul, the council’s housing spokeswoman, local councillors and council officers, said he is delighted to see the new homes completed.

He added: “Making use of brownfield sites for housing is important for the council as it helps to improve the area and also provides much-needed affordable homes for residents in the county.”

The £800,000 development was completed with the help of a grant of £170,000 from the Scottish Government. The new homes incorporate sprinklers and high levels of insulation to increase home safety and tackle fuel poverty through lower fuel bills for tenants.

Mrs Gaul added: “Kirriemuir has a high demand for council housing and these houses, like all of our housing developments, have been built with energy efficiency to the fore and to a high standard of construction and finish.

“This makes these much-needed new family homes desirable and affordable properties.”

 

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