More new housing for town

ANGUS Council have received yet more cash from the Scottish Government to build affordable housing in Arbroath.

Last week, it was announced that funding secured by the local authority and Servite Housing Association would transform the former Arbroath Herald building into property as well as creating new homes at Noran Avenue.

And last Thursday it was announced a further 30 homes will be created on Montrose Road and Benedict Road in association with Hillcrest Housing and Angus Housing Association thanks to money from the Innovation and Investment Fund.

The funding will also provide enough money for new builds in Montrose.

And once again Councillor Jim Millar, housing spokesperson at Angus Council, was pleased to see more money being ploughed into local affordable housing.

He said: “This is yet more fantastic news for Angus. I am thrilled for those waiting for new homes and delighted for our partners, who have seen their projects supported today.

“The Innovation and Investment Fund has, unfortunately, had its detractors, however, even in these toughest of times, Angus is again celebrating.

“This new approach has delivered record levels of approvals of new homes for Angus this year”.

Also pleased at the announcement was John Mulloy of Hillcrest Housing Association who commented: “Hillcrest are happy to be joining in on this good news. These new homes will not only be good for tenants when they move in but will sustain jobs in our local building industry.

“Angus Council and the key players have done remarkably well and I know there are plans to work hard to keep the partnership delivering new affordable housing for the future.”

The two rounds of funding brings the total number of new homes across Angus to be built to 135 and Councillor Millar hopes this will continue into the future.

He added: “We are all just energised by this announcement. To have 135 new affordable units announced in one week is simply marvellous.

“We will work to make the most of this announcement and its resources in terms of jobs and training and also to make the most of this bumper allocation to deliver even more positive housing outcomes for Angus.

“For Angus sake, I also hope this scheme runs next year!”