MSP welcomes homes cash boost

LOCAL MSP Nigel Don has welcomed Scottish Government investment in new affordable housing in Angus, a significant number of which will be in Montrose.

Mr Don said the move will create millions of pounds worth of work for the local construction industry as well as help local people get a foot on the property ladder.

Angus Council and Servite Housing Association were awarded a total of £2,120,000 by the government to build 69 homes for rent and part-purchase in Montrose and Forfar. The council intends to build 47 new properties while Servite will provide 22 locally.

Mr Don said: “The grant is only part of the story. Servite is getting just under £1 million from the Government. They’ll add another £1.5 million to that and spend a total of £2.5 million building their 22 houses in Montrose.

“The council will also invest, and on a rough estimate the total spend on these projects will be at least £8 million.

“This is good news in so many ways. The new homes will be highly energy efficient to modern standards and will be far cheaper to heat than traditional homes. They will help Angus reduce its carbon footprint and make a big contribution to tackling fuel poverty. The houses will take some pressure off council house waiting lists, and some will be aimed at people who want to get on the property ladder for the first time.

“I’d like to see much more investment in housing, and the Scottish Government is working on new initiatives to make that happen. In the meantime, these are very welcome developments.”

“Sixty-nine new homes will mean employment for construction workers and of course all the trades such as plumbers and electricians. New homes bring real benefits to Angus North and Mearns. I congratulate Angus Council and Servite Housing Association for putting together these successful bids which have brought significant investment to the constituency.”