Published 08 February 2023
A Council tenant says her life has changed for the better since she moved into her brand new home in Clydebank.
Carolyn Robb and husband Rodger were among the first to move into the new adaptable housing located in the Queens Quay development.
As well as having a range of features which make it easier for tenants with disabilities, the homes are also the first to be heated and powered by the nearby West Dunbartonshire Energy Centre.
Carolyn said: “We’d lived in Parkhall for more than 30 years but it was an upstairs flat and I have bad arthritis in my hips and knees so I wasn’t able to get out any more because I was struggling to walk.
“So when the chance came to move to a lovely new development like this which has a lift and is designed to be adaptable for people with mobility issues like me, we were delighted.
“It meets all my needs – it has a walk-in shower and the lift access allows me to get out and about with everything we need on our doorstep.
“And best of all, our main room has a veranda overlooking the Clyde and the Titan Crane. You couldn’t ask for a better view.
“We’ve been here for four months now and we’re absolutely delighted. It has changed my life.”
The development, which has 29 Council homes as well as a further 117 housing association homes managed by Loretto Housing Association and Clydebank Housing Association, was officially opened earlier this week.
The Council’s Housing Convener Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal was joined by elected members, officials from Wheatley Group/Loretto Housing Association and Clydebank Housing Association, as well as building partner CCG Scotland, in welcoming Cabinet Minister Shona Robison MSP for a tour of the development and Energy Centre on Monday.
Councillor Johal said: “I am extremely proud to mark the completion of the latest exciting development in the master plan to regenerate Queens Quay, and breathe new life into the wider Clydebank community.
“Delivering modern, sustainable homes that are suitable for all is a key part of our mission and that commitment is reflected in the Council’s section of this development.
“Our modern amenity housing design ensures that our properties are adaptable to meet the requirements of tenants with additional needs, allowing them to live with greater independence within their home.
“This development is particularly special because these are also the first residential homes to be heated by West Dunbartonshire Council's innovative district heating network.”
Councillor Hazel Sorrell, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “It is great to see this development completed and the fact that the homes are not only accessible but are also helping to alleviate fuel poverty for our tenants makes it even better.
“It was fantastic to hear firsthand how this is benefitting our tenants and I wish Carolyn and Rodger, and all the other new tenants, all the best in their new homes.”