Building is underway at our new housing development in Mayfield Terrace, Arbroath,which will have 14 one-bedroom flats for affordable rent.
The new flats will help to meet rising demand for one bedroom properties in Arbroath and Angus and forms the missing piece of the jigsaw in Arbroath’s Cliffburn area which has undergone comprehensive regeneration in recent years.
Seven brand new ground floor properties will provide specialist housing for older or disabled residents. This will help to deliver on our Local Housing Strategy commitment of 20% of new-build affordable housing for households with particular needs.
Our Convener of Communities, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “I am delighted that we are building these much-needed flats in Arbroath. They represent the culmination of widescale improvements delivered by the Council to revitalise the Cliffburn area.
“I’m especially pleased that half of these sought after flats will be suitable for people with particular needs. The demand for one-bedroom affordable homes continues to grow, so it is important that we make suitable provision for people who not only need smaller properties, but who may also have mobility challenges.”
The £2m development is funded by our Housing Revenue Account with a contribution from the Scottish Government through their Affordable Housing Supply Programme.
CHAP Construction is building our new flats, with anticipated completion by the end of 2021.
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.
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.
John Morrow, Service Leader – Housing, highlighted the importance of the strategy for Angus. He said:
At a time of great change, it’s more important than ever for tenants to have a voice in shaping our policies. We want to be sure that what we do reflects the things that are important to customers. Whether that means installing new bathrooms, building new council houses, keeping our rents at some of the lowest in Scotland, or making sure that repairs are done right first time, it’s only through listening to tenant views that we really learn what our priorities should be.
This Tenant Engagement strategy sets out how we will encourage a greater level participation, including a broader representation and age range, as we don’t currently have many young people actively participating. So the Strategy sets out a wider range of communication methods, including the Housing Blog and the new e-panel, designed to reach many more people.
I hope that tenants will play a greater role in helping to keep us on track to deliver good services in return for reasonable rents, and help us demonstrate value for money, not just to our customers, but also to the Scottish Housing Regulator as one of the principles of the Scottish Social Housing Charter. I think if we can help make the link better between the big picture issues, and rents and investment, and what really matters for tenants in their home, then we can get more people interested in being involved.
And that is exactly what this Tenant Engagement Strategy is designed to achieve.
Choice for Angus gives local people an opportunity to have a say on how a pot of public money is spent and see the direct results of their decisions. Choice for Angus enables various partners and communities to design and develop ideas and projects together.
Each local area has a pot of £50,000 Council funding to enable partners and communities to develop ideas and projects together. Each Locality Partnership is leading on this work and is testing different ways of doing this.
In Arbroath, the suggestions and ideas must address one or more of the Angus Community Planning Partnership priorities :
Questionnaires are also available in Arbroath Library and Learning shop and Arbroath ACCESS office.
You can telephone 01241 464628 to request a questionnaire or give your views over the phone, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase 1: Generating ideas – Early to mid November 2019
Phase 2: 19 November 2019 – Building projects event in Arbroath Webster Theatre
All ideas will be presented at an event on 19 November 2019 where groups, organisations and individuals will decide if and how they can take any of the ideas forward to the development stage. If you would like to attend this event, please email email@example.com or phone 01241 464628 to register.
Phase 3: Finalising project ideas – December 2019
All those interested in taking forward projects will come together to develop and finalise their proposals.
Phase 4: Early 2020
Early in the New Year, finalised projects that meet the priorities and selection criteria will be put forward to a public vote.
Tenants and staff were thanked for their hard work in preparing the new Tenant and Community Engagement Strategy 2019 – 2022 at an event recently held at Dundee and Angus College in Arbroath. The new strategy will set out the vision and action plan for tenant involvement and engagement for the next three years.
The event was chaired by John Morrow, Housing Service Leader, and Angela Quirie, Housing Policy Officer, gave a presentation detailing how the strategy was developed.
The strategy will be formally launched at an event at a later date.
Hard Edges Scotland was commissioned by Lankelly Chase and The Robertson Trust and authored by Heriot-Watt University. The research highlights the complexity of the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage in Scotland.
It also details the challenges that charitable services and the public sector are facing. In particular, the report illustrates the mismatch between the multiple disadvantages people face, and the fact that services are often set up to address ‘single issues’. The event is aimed at both service users and service providers to discuss how we can deliver services differently around the 5 key workshop themes of Offending, Homelessness, Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Domestic Abuse.
Each of the workshops will have a facilitator to lead discussions and participants will have the opportunity to attend all five. There will also be a cartoonist on the day to capture feedback and provide a lasting and unique educational recording of the agreed actions.
The Arbroath event will be repeated in a further two events to be held in Brechin and Forfar, dates and venues are yet to be confirmed, so that a large audience across Angus will have the opportunity to take part.
Planning applications have still to be submitted for the final two housing phases of the regeneration programme. These include properties in Fraser Path, with demolition of the identified dwellings planned to take place in summer 2020, and the construction work during 2021.
Demolition of the identified properties in Newton Crescent and Newton Avenue is planned to take place in the first half of 2021, with construction work to start later in 2021 and to complete during 2022.