Buy- back project leads to top award

Ayrshire Post - - Business -

An Ayr­shire coun­cil has won a pres­ti­gious na­tional award for its ef­forts to bring empty homes back into use.

South Ayr­shire Coun­cil has taken the Out­stand­ing Project ti­tle at the How­dens Scot­tish Empty Homes Cham­pi­ons of the Year Awards.

It fol­lows its ini­tia­tive to buy­back ex- lo­cal author­ity hous­ing in ar­eas of high de­mand.

Empty Homes of­fi­cer, Les­ley Cock­burn, who led the project picked up the cer­tifi­cate at an awards cer­e­mony which took place along­side the Scot­tish Empty Homes Part­ner­ship ( SEHP) an­nual con­fer­ence.

She said: “Through joint­work­ing we not only breathe life back into empty prop­er­ties, we in­crease af­ford­able hous­ing in the area and pro­vide se­cure ten­an­cies for house­holds on our wait­ing list.

“It is very sat­is­fy­ing to achieve recog­ni­tion for this project and I hope to con­tinue with it into the fu­ture.

Sha­heena Din, Na­tional Man­ager of the Scot­tish Empty Homes Part­ner­ship, said:“I’d like to con­grat­u­late South Ayr­shire Coun­cil and Les­ley on re­ceiv­ing their award.

“Their ac­qui­si­tions project has shown how the tar­geted buy- back of ex- lo­cal author­ity stock can in­crease the sup­ply of much needed so­cial homes in ar­eas of high de­mand.”

Gong Les­ley with Hous­ing Min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart MSP

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