MSP visits Baltic Mill project

The Scottish Minister for Housing and Welfare was in Arbroath today (Friday) for an update on Angus Council’s latest affordable housing and community project.

Mrs Margaret Burgess MSP met with council officials at the derelict Baltic Mill on Dens Road, a £5 million project which has benefitted from an £800,000 grant from Holyrood.

Margaret Burgess MSP, Minsiter for Housing & Welfare; Councillor Donald Morrison, Councillor Sheena Welsh, and John Carswell, developer.

Margaret Burgess MSP, Minsiter for Housing & Welfare; Councillor Donald Morrison, Councillor Sheena Welsh, and John Carswell, developer.

Phase One of the project by local company Dens Road Ltd started in February 2015 and will deliver commercial, retail and community space, including business start-up units. Phase Two will create 36 affordable housing units for mid-market rent by converting the iconic grade A listed Baltic Mill into apartments and also building new purpose built flats behind. The old original chimney will also be retained as a landmark.

Angus Council’s housing spokesperson, Donald Morrison said: “This site is in a key town centre location in Arbroath and these works will greatly contribute to the on-going regeneration of Arbroath. There is a real need for more affordable housing in Arbroath and this new development will help alleviate this demand. However it is not just about building houses, it’s also about boosting the economy so the commercial and business aspects of the development will be really valuable in providing and sustaining job and training opportunities for local people.

“This is another step in our vision to develop Arbroath into a great place that our residents can be proud of, where our businesses can thrive and tourists consider as a must see destination on any visit to Scotland.”

Mrs Burgess added: “Angus Council, backed by £800,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, is to be congratulated for spearheading the £5 million regeneration of Baltic Mill, an iconic Arbroath landmark. The development will breathe new life into the A-listed building by providing affordable space for local businesses and social enterprises, creating job opportunities that will benefit the local community.”

The project will last two years and will be a major element in plans to regenerate central Arbroath. The work will cost around £5 million, with £1.08 million funding from Angus Council’s survive and thrive programme and £800,000 from Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.