Affordable housing For Sale – Shared Equity in Arbroath

Caledonia Housing Association has 14 properties for sale on the Shared Equity scheme at Monarch’s Rise in Arbroath. There are 4 two-bedroom properties, 8 three-bedroom, and 2 four-bedroom properties at the Stewart Milne Homes Development in Arbroath.

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If you want to own your own home, but are on a low income, this is an opportunity that might interest you. The New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) scheme gives the opportunity to buy a new-build home without having to fund the entire cost, receiving help from Scottish Government grants.

You can get further information about the properties with details of the Scottish Government’s Shared Equity scheme, or if you want to check if you can apply, visit Caledonia Housing Association’s website.

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Celebrating Tenant Achievement at Holyrood

Members of the Tenants Steering Group enjoyed a trip to Holyrood this week, to visit the Scottish Parliament, and to meet with Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Housing.

The group had a sit-down meeting with Kevin, and discussed a number if topics, including the activities the group have been involved in – scrutiny, Rent Setting. HRA and much more.

Members of the group were presented with their Adult Achievement Awards (AAA) by Kevin. These were the first AAAs that Kevin had presented and he explained it was honour to be in a position to present the group with their awards. We would also like to say congratulations to our hard-working Steering Group members!


Age No Barrier to Cycling Enthusiasts in Carnoustie

Just because there’s frost on the roof doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the freedom of being on a bike again.

Being able to get outside is something that many of us take for granted, whether that’s part of our daily commute, to do a bit of physical activity, or simply to enjoy the fresh air. For many people, however, mobility issues and other barriers can limit being able to get outdoors.

The Cycling Without Age Carnoustie chapter hosted their launch event on Friday 31 January at the Kinloch Care Centre. Cycling Without Age is a global initiative that has quickly spread to over 40 countries. The Carnoustie chapter wants to transform people’s lives, re-engaging them with the outdoors through trips on specially designed trishaws piloted by trained volunteers. They want to provide a service to a group of people often excluded from enjoying the cycling and path infrastructure that Carnoustie offers its residents.

Some photos from launch event at the Kinloch Centre:

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We have been working closely with the group for the introduction of the Carnoustie chapter. The group successfully bid for funding from the Open Legacy Fund (set up after the 147th Open Championship) to support projects and programs that will have a positive and lasting impact on the town of Carnoustie. This legacy funding allowed the group to purchase three trishaws and associated equipment.

The initiative gathered pace after securing funding from the Social Housing Fund, a collaboration between Cycling Scotland, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland. This fund supports residents living in social housing across Scotland by providing funding for improved facilities to make walking and cycling easier, more attractive and more accessible.

With this funding, the group bought and installed a robust storage facility, as well as the purchase of a hybrid bicycle, which are stored at the Kinloch Court Centre. This demonstrates the group’s commitment to place social housing tenants at the forefront of this project.

The Cycling Without Age Carnoustie Chapter has been led by volunteers. Lorraine Young, (Co-Chapter Organiser with Jean Brown), a key driving force for the project, said:

The objective of the project is to transform the lives of older people in our community, re-engaging them with the outdoors through open-air trips on trishaws operated by our volunteers.

At present we have 20 people signed up to volunteer with the service, of which 10 are already fully-trained, and a further 10 at different stages of training. These trained volunteers will cover a range of tasks from being a pilot, a co-pilot or a co-passenger. We would also welcome enquiries from members of the public who may be interested in volunteering.

We hope that Cycling Without Age will be a tremendous benefit to a significant number of people in the local area. Friday’s launch was an important step for the group as we aim to gradually introduce frequent sessions to support local residents often excluded from truly experiencing everything that Carnoustie has to offer

Hugh Macgregor, Development Officer at Cycling Scotland said:

We’re delighted to support Angus council and Cycling Without Age Carnoustie to help residents stay active and hope that this project will help reduce social isolation. Cycling Scotland works closely with partners to help employers, community groups and housing associations take advantage of the benefits of cycling.

Additional information about Cycling Scotland and the Social Housing Fund can be found at the following Cycling Scotland and Cycling friendly websites.

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Have Your Say in Participatory Budgeting Voting Day tomorrow!

Participatory Budgeting voting will take place this SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY

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What is Participatory budgeting

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is about local people deciding how public money is spent.


PB comes in all shapes and sizes, but generally looks like this:

  1. ideas are generated about how a budget should be spent
  2. people vote for their priorities
  3. the projects with the most votes get funded

For more information about participatory budgeting see the Angus Council website

If you live in Angus you can have a say in how £200,000 of funding will be spent in your area when voting opens on Saturday 8 February for the 114 projects that have made the final stage of Participatory Budgeting.

To find out more about the 114 projects see the Shaping Angus website.

There’s funding available for  projects in four localities in Angus:

• Forfar and Kirriemuir
• Carnoustie/Monifeith and Sidlaws
• Brechin and Montrose
• Arbroath

How to vote

  • Vote online on the Shaping Angus site -between 7am and 10pm.
  • Vote in person at the venues below – these will be open between 10am and 2pm


  • Carboustie, BrechinArbroath,Forfar

Happy voting!

Get a LIFT onto the property ladder

If you are a tenant of a Council or Housing Association property, you could be eligible for up to 40% towards the price of a property through the Scottish Government’s LIFT (Low Cost Initiative for First Time Buyers) Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) scheme.

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How does the scheme work? 

The Scottish Government pays between 10% and 40% towards the price of a property you have chosen on the open market.

Example: the property is worth £100,000 and you can afford to contribute £70,000 (through mortgage/ deposit). The Scottish Government could contribute 30% (£30,000). When the property’s sold, 30% of the sale price would be returned to the Scottish Government.

You own the property outright and can increase your equity share over time.

Can I apply? 

Current tenants of Council or Housing Associations can apply to the scheme, even if not a first-time buyer. Visit Link Housing website for a full list of eligible groups.

What property can I buy?

The property must be:

  • Advertised for sale publicly e.g. on an Estate Agent’s website.
  • The correct size for your household.

Priced within the maximum threshold for the area. Angus thresholds:LIFT threshold table




An apartment is a habitable room including; bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and box rooms. Kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories are not classed as apartments.

How to apply?

Visit Link Housing website to find out more and apply online.