First five new build homes are ready for oc­cu­pancy

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Edel Ke­nealy

Peo­ple de­lighted to be al­lo­cated one of the five newly built homes in Fern­hill will be­gin mov­ing in this week.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil con­firmed five of 70 homes, planned in the fi­nal phase of Fern­hill’s re­gen­er­a­tion, were com­pleted by builders on Mon­day, April 18.

With a mix of two and three bed­rooms, the ma­jor­ity of the Gal­loway Drive prop­er­ties, it is un­der­stood, have been al­lo­cated to Fern­hill fam­i­lies.

Daniel Lowe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for hous­ing and tech­ni­cal ser­vices at the lo­cal au­thor­ity, said: “As part of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s am­bi­tious new hous­ing pro­gramme, the con­struc­tion of 70 new coun­cil homes in Fern­hill is well un­der­way. We are de­lighted to con­firm that the first phase of com­ple­tions was due on April 18, 2016, and new ten­ants, who have al­ready been se­lected, will be able to start mov­ing in.

“The de­vel­op­ment pro­vides a range of two and three bed semi-de­tached homes, one and two-bed­room cot­tage flats and a num­ber of wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble homes, im­prov­ing the range of homes avail­able in Fern­hill to meet hous­ing needs now and in the fu­ture. Th­ese new homes, built to the lat­est en­ergy ef­fi­cient and vary­ing needs stan­dard, rep­re­sent an­other ma­jor mile­stone in the de­liv­ery of the Fern­hill Mas­ter­plan de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Com­ple­tion of the homes has been wel­comed by lo­cals in­clud­ing com­mu­nity cham­pion Davy O’Neil.

He said he was keen to see the houses al­lo­cated to peo­ple who have waited a gen­er­a­tion for a front and back door.

“Five houses have been com­pleted and three or four of them went to Fern­hill peo­ple as far as I know,” Davy said.

“The way the coun­cil al­lo­cate homes, it doesn’t mat­ter if you come from Fern­hill, their pol­icy is if your need is greater you get the house.

“There are 70 houses to be built, we hope at least 60 of them will go to Fern­hill peo­ple.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has said the re­main­der of the homes - con­structed on the site of the old shops be­tween Fern­hill Road and Gal­loway Drive - are due for com­ple­tion in the au­tumn of this year, sub­ject to good weather.

All homes are be­ing al­lo­cated in ac­cor­dance with the coun­cil’s al­lo­ca­tion pol­icy and suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be con­tacted with an of­fer of hous­ing on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis.

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