Coun­cil hous­ing awards


Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Con­sul­ta­tion on planned tower block de­mo­li­tions, and a pro­ject to de­sign de­men­tia- friendly homes, earned North La­nark­shire Coun­cil two in­dus­try awards.

The in­for­ma­tion process sur­round­ing pro­pos­als an­nounced a year ago to knock down all 48 high­rise blocks in the au­thor­ity area – start­ing with 18 across Mon­k­lands – won the “am­bi­tious towns in com­mu­ni­ca­tion” prize at the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Hous­ing Scot­land awards.

A to­tal of 900 res­i­dents at Coat­bridge blocks High Coats and Dun­beth and Jack­son Courts; Camp­sie, Che­viot, Etive, Et­trick, Fin­try, Killin, Ne­vis, Pent­land, Sid­law, Striven and Tinto blocks in Shaw­head; plus Nor thburn Place and Che­viot, Mer­rick and Pent­land Courts in Air­drie re­ceived hand- de­liv­ered in­for­ma­tion packs ear­lier this year seek­ing views ahead of the coun­cil de­ci­sion.

Hous­ing con­vener Al­lan Gra­ham said: “We’re very proud of the work we’re car­ry­ing out; our res­i­dents are at the heart of all our ser­vices, shaped to meet their as­pi­ra­tions.

“I’d like to com­mend our staff who strive to de­liver first-class ser­vices to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the peo­ple liv­ing in the area.”

Mean­while, the coun­cil’s De­sign­ing for Health ini­tia­tive – which im­proves new and ex­ist­ing hous­ing to help peo­ple with de­men­tia or other com­plex needs – won for “ex­cel­lence in health and well­be­ing”.

It in­cludes fu­ture-proof­ing older peo­ple’s homes, and de­sign fea­tures to re­duce the need for adap­ta­tions and spe­cial­ist equip­ment.

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