Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

To­ry­glen res­i­dents wel­comed hous­ing min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart round to their new homes to see how the com­mu­nity has been trans­formed.

The first phase of the North To­ry­glen de­vel­op­ment has seen 100 new, spa­cious en­ergy-ef­fi­cient homes al­ready com­pleted, along with 55 for pri­vate sale.

Mr Ste­wart joined Glas­gow Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tions’s (GHA) board mem­ber Kate Wil­lis, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from con­trac­tors Cruden, Glas­gow City Coun­cil and the Scot­tish Govern­ment to meet some of the new ten­ants and see how the area has changed.

GHA ten­ant He­len McBride, who has lived in the area for 39 years, moved into her new two-bed­room home in Cross­bank Cres­cent at the end of last year.

He­len, 55, said: “My new home is per­fect. It’s lovely and warm and I’m pay­ing less on my bills and it’s great hav­ing a back gar­den too.

“My mo­bil­ity is re­stricted and there are adap­ta­tions, in­clud­ing a walk-in shower. It’s all on one level too, so it’s ideal for me.

“I’ve al­ways loved liv­ing in North To­ry­glen. I feel very com­fort­able that I know my neigh­bours al­ready.

“It’s a real close-knit com­mu­nity and the homes have made a real dif­fer­ence to the whole area.”

North To­ry­glen is one of eight ar­eas in Glas­gow ear­marked as a pri­or­ity for re­gen­er­a­tion.

The £9.9m de­vel­op­ment from GHA was built by con­trac­tors Cru­dens and the homes are a mix of 66 houses, 34 flats with 10 of the homes de­signed to wheel­chair stan­dard.

GHA is cur­rently de­mol­ish­ing two blocks at 99 and 101 Prospecthill Cir­cus us­ing a long-reach ma­chine.

The de­mo­li­tion of the two re­main­ing blocks should be com­pleted by Christ­mas, with the site cleared by early 2017.

Fu­ture re­gen­er­a­tion plans for North To­ry­glen in­clude 49 homes for pri­vate sale and new shop units.

Mr Ste­wart said: “The com­ple­tion of this project is a huge mile­stone in the re­gen­er­a­tion of North To­ry­glen.

“I am pleased the Scot­tish Govern­ment was able to pro­vide £4.6mil­lion of grant fund­ing for this project. The 100 af­ford­able, high-qual­ity new homes will make a real dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Time for tea Hous­ing min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart and GHA ten­ant board mem­ber Kate Wil­lis, left, join GHA ten­ant He­len McBride at her new home in North To­ry­glen

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