The Angus Health and Social Care Partnership is reviewing its Strategic Commissioning Plan 2019-2022. This plan describes the way that adult health and social care services are delivered in Angus. Due to a number of factors that have recently impacted on the health and social care sector, the current plan has been extended and a new plan for the 2023 – 26 period is now being developed which will take effect from April 2023.
They are inviting residents in Angus to complete a survey to capture what is important to them and whether they agree with the existing vision and priorities. There is still time to complete the survey and your feedback will help to inform the priorities of the Angus HSCP 2023-26.
Two sites within the Townhead Road and Noran Avenue areas have been transformed and brought back into use after recent partnership working between the local community and the Rotary Club of Arbroath. The areas were previously derelict, and substantial hardscaping work has been done. The community groups continue to seek volunteers to help with the remaining work. Planting is about to begin and the site will be accessible to the community to use. A polytunnel is now in place to allow planting for use within the garden.
The current participating residents and members of the Rotary Club are shown in the photos following the handover of the site on Friday 26 August 2022. We donated the land for use by the groups and our Communities team has been providing ongoing hep with the project and we’ll continue to support the community as the work progresses.
Veterans and disabled people among those to benefit from the scheme
Changes to the Scottish Government’s open market shared equity scheme will mean disabled people, first-time buyers and others on low to medium incomes will have an increased opportunity to buy a home that meets their needs.
Now, the threshold of the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme (OMSE scheme)– which allows people to buy a home without having to fund its entire cost – has been raised by 9% across the country to reflect rising house prices. The scheme is aimed at priority groups who need support to buy their own home.
The OMSE scheme is available across Scotland. It’s open to first-time buyers and these priority access groups:
· people aged 60 and over
· social renters (people who rent from the council or a housing association)
· disabled people
· members of the armed forces
· veterans who have left the armed forces within the past two years
· widows, widowers and other partners of service personnel for up to two years after their partner has lost their life while serving.
Applicants will also be able to make offers on properties above the formal valuation amount, where they have funds available. People who have an application in progress do not need to reapply to benefit from the changes.
Residents of Coronation Gardens were greeted by Angus Councillors and Officers in Montrose as they moved into their new homes at Coronation Gardens.
Representing a £1.4 million investment in council housing, the development makes use of vacant land at Forties Road that was part of Rosehill Resource Centre.
The brand new homes help to meet demand for one-bedroom and family housing in the town, offering a mix of new one, two and three bedroom homes. They benefit from very high levels of energy efficiency, helping to keep tenants’ fuel bills as low as possible during the ongoing cost of living crisis.
Our Communities Convener Mark McDonald, who visited the project earlier this week, said: “It is a pleasure to see another new development being delivered that provides high quality homes and spaces for our citizens here in Angus. These properties will provide affordable housing for people and families for many years to come.”
Cllr McDonald was joined by Montrose councillors Bill Duff and Kenny Braes in welcoming new residents Donna Melrose, Andy Lovelock and Gerda McCurrach, as well as Housing Service Leader, John Morrow, and Claire Greenhill, Reagan McIntosh and Kimberley Shepherd of the Community Housing Team for Montrose/Brechin).
The new homes are available through Angus HomeFinder, our choice-based lettings system that allows applicants to bid on their preferred properties and which are allocated based on housing need.
The Coronation Gardens development, which has been delivered over the challenging period of the pandemic, has been funded jointly by Angus Council and the Scottish Government through their Affordable Housing Supply Programme.
The new homes are a part of our Strategic Housing Investment Plan that aims to deliver up to 775 new affordable units over five years.