Council’s input in building homes fit for county’s heroes

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MILITARY heroes from all over Angus will be eligible for five new custom-built family homes which will be constructed in Carnoustie with input from Angus Council.

At an event in the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by North East MSP Alex Johnstone, Angus Provost Helen Oswald announced a new house building partnership with the veterans’ charity, Houses for Heroes Scotland

She said: “Angus Council and Houses for Heroes Scotland have created a unique partnership through which we plan to develop five new family homes in Carnoustie; designed to meet the specific needs of our veterans. The council plans to support the charity with land and a financial contribution.”

Lt-Col Richard Callander, chairman of Houses for Heroes said: “Angus Council and Houses for Heroes Scotland are developing a marvellous partnership that will see both organisations invest in building new homes.“

Angus Council’s veteran’s champion, Major Ronnie Proctor said: “By working together for the benefit of the veterans of Angus, the council and Houses for Heroes Scotland are setting a positive example to the rest of Scotland.”

The event was attended by Scottish Veterans Minister Keith Brown MSP, a veteran of the Falklands Conflict who was based at RM Condor.

Provost Oswald said she was delighted that the Minister had been able to attend, adding: “The Minister’s support for this project and our work with veterans in Angus is much appreciated. We took the opportunity to discuss ways in which the Scottish Government can help our work in Angus and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

Mr Johnstone said: “It is a tribute to the cross party consensus that exists on helping our veterans that so many MSPs attended the reception. Providing the support our veterans need will be increasingly important over the coming years. I applaud the work done by Angus Council and I encourage other local authorities to follow this example.”