Wirren Gardens housing

The Wirran Housing complex officially opened on Monday by Angus provost Helen Oswald with the help of Pat Millar and Margaret Simpson.
The Wirran Housing complex officially opened on Monday by Angus provost Helen Oswald with the help of Pat Millar and Margaret Simpson.

On Monday, 29 new homes in Montrose were opened by the Provost of Angus, Mrs Helen Oswald. The site has been re-named Wirren Gardens.

The site was previously known as Dungman’s Tack, and the new homes represent phase one of Angus Council’s major new council housing development, which will see a further 16 homes completed later in the year.

The houses will be offered for rent as part of the council’s affordable house building programme, which will see the construction of over 150 new homes between 2012 and 2015.

As part of the phased programme, one of the single storey houses has been furnished as a show-home so that potential tenants can view the quality of the homes on offer.

Provost Helen Oswald said: “I am delighted to see the completion of these new build family homes in Wirren Gardens. Sitting in this showhome really allows me to appreciate the quality of these new houses and it’s clear that they will make fantastic homes for local people and make a real positive difference to their lives. Montrose has a high demand for council housing and I am delighted we have been able to deliver them on schedule.”

“These houses, like all of our housing developments, have been built with energy efficiency to the fore and to a high standard of construction and finish. This makes them both desirable and affordable properties for families to live in.”

The council’s housing spokesperson, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “The investment we are making in our new-build programme, as well as in our existing council homes, is helping to inject substantial funds into the construction industry and the local economy at a time when it is most needed. We are not only delivering more affordable housing, we are also helping to maintain jobs and create training opportunities for young people through our building contracts. We think that these wider social outcomes are a vital aspect of the way we do our business and how we plan for the future.”

The showhome was available to view on Monday when housing staff were on site to show prospective tenants and other interested parties around and to answer questions.

The development is being built for the council by Bancon Construction at a cost of £6.4 million, with funding from the Scottish Government of £1.35 million.