Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, today (Monday December 15) handed over the ‘key of the door’ to the 100th Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) tenant to move into a brand new home in time for Christmas.
The handover of keys took place at Avonspark Street – one of three sites in the north of the city where GHA is investing £24.5 million in building 239 new homes for its tenants.
Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “I am delighted to be able to mark this milestone in the GHA’s new build programme. Creating new homes for families will contribute to regeneration across the city and build strong, sustainable communities.
GHA Tenant Chair, Sandra Forsythe, said: “This is a real success story for GHA tenants and the Local Housing Organisations. Since the handovers began in October, the tenants moving into their stunning new homes are creating real neighbourhoods and strong communities.
Between the three sites, the 239 new homes will comprise 185 two-bedroom homes, which are suitable for families of four and 54 three-bedroom homes - suitable for families of five people.
The new properties have been kitted out with modern fittings and fixtures, including gas central heating, fitted kitchens and Secured by Design Doors and windows. They are also environmentally-friendly, having been awarded GHA’s ‘Good’ grading under Ecohomes* standards.
Also attending the handover were the Chairs of the three LHOs in the area who will manage the properties on behalf of GHA – Helen White of Red Road Balornock LHO, Susan Rowan of Unity LHO and Mary Wills of North Glasgow LHO.
Speaking on behalf of the three LHOs, Helen White, Chair of Red Road Balornock LHO, said: “The Local Housing Organisations have been working hard to match residents who want to stay in the area with their preferred type of home and it’s immensely satisfying to see the 100th tenant moving into their new property.”
FBN wish to thank GHA and Scottish Housing News for providing text and images. (http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/dailynews.asp?week=15/12/2008)