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Published 03 August 2018

A development of 84 new homes in Clydebank was officially opened this week.

The homes at Second Avenue/Singer Street and Graham Avenue were completed through partnership working between West Dunbartonshire Council and Clydebank Housing Association.

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, visited the area on Tuesday 31 July to see the new social housing and visit the tenants enjoying their new surroundings.

The 40 Council properties on Second Avenue/Singer Street are of mixed size and type, including townhouses.

The £4.8million development was designed in-house by the Council and built by construction company CCG. 

Clydebank Housing Association have 44 one and two-bedroom flats built by AS Homes on the adjacent site on Graham Avenue. These include four two-bedroom wheelchair flats. 

Both developments meet West Dunbartonshire Council’s Design Standard and meet Silver Standard for Energy Efficiency, meaning they keep residents’ bills down as well as minimising their impact on the environment.

West Dunbartonshire Council have pledged to develop 1000 homes by 2021 as part of their More Homes Better Homes initiative.

This will contribute to the Scottish Government’s target of delivering at least 35,000 homes for social rent by the same year.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “As a Council we are committed to working with our partners to deliver quality housing in West Dunbartonshire.

“I’m delighted to see the completion of this project which shows our strong commitment to delivering on our ambitious programme to build 1000 energy efficient, affordable and high-quality new homes in West Dunbartonshire by 2021.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener for Housing and Communities, added: “Together with our partners and landlords, we are making West Dunbartonshire a place our residents can truly be proud to call home.

“Enabling work on 126 homes is already underway at the old St Andrews School site in Clydebank, as well as work on the 45 Council homes at Dumbarton Harbour.

“Next year work will start on 60 new Council houses in Bellsmyre, 60 in Haldane 15 in Alexandria town centre and 50 in Clydebank East.”

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “I’m delighted to officially open these two new housing developments, supported by more than £5.5 million of Scottish Government funding. They will provide affordable, good quality social rented housing in the Clydebank area. The Scottish Government very much values the work of community-based housing associations and the powerful impact of partnership working.”

Kimberley Tennant, Chairperson of CHA, said, “It was fantastic that the Minister took the time to stop off at our new build developments so he can see at first hand the difference Scottish Government funding has made to our area and to people’s lives.”

The Council was provided with £2.36milion from the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Programme towards their £4.8m development.