COUNCIL RARING TO GET STARTED ON NEW HOUSING

Artist’s impression of new housing in Bank Street, Alexandria.

By Democrat reporter

Work on the Council’s new build housing developments across West Dunbartonshire will recommence in the coming weeks

Following updated guidance from the Scottish Government and easing of lockdown restrictions, the sites – including in Aitkenbar, Dumbarton Harbour, St Andrew’s in Clydebank  and Creveul Court in Alexandria  – can now be prepared to open during Phase One.

While building work cannot officially start again until the country is moved to Phase Two, the Council’s building partners have now begun putting additional safety measures in place, including steps to allow employees to physically distance and improve hygiene.

The temporary halt of work due to Covid-19 means the new build programme could be delayed by approximately four months.

Updates on new programme timescales will be shared as soon as possible.

WDC visit CCG

Cllrs Diane Docherty and Caroline McAllister on a visit to a council workshop.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We are continuing to follow government guidance and are working behind the scenes to ensure work can recommence as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Work is underway to consider the timescales for the programme, but in the mean time if any residents is interested in applying for one of these lovely new homes then please get in touch.

“We are committed to delivering properties that our residents are proud to call their home, which are high quality, affordable and also environmentally friendly. That aim has not changed, although the deadline for completion and moving in may have to be extended slightly.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities added: “It will be great to see things moving again on our sites. Work is underway to ensure that they are as safe as they can possibly be when we do get to that stage, including the introduction of physical distancing.

“All of these developments will bring a great deal of benefit to areas surrounding them, and the facilities on offer mean the sites are bound to be popular.”

For more information about the Council’s new build programme, please contact: morehomes@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

The sites are part of the Council’s plans to deliver 1000 new affordable homes in the area by March 2021, in line with Scottish Government targets.

Meanwhile, at her daily briefing today, FM Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government’s Help-to-Buy scheme is being extended until March 2022. The scheme provides up to 15% of the cost of buying a new-build home.

More than 17,000 people have been helped, over three-quarters of them aged 35 or under, to buy new homes.

The first minister said health and safety planning and preparatory work will now allow workers to return to construction sites gradually.

She thanked trade unions for their efforts, adding this is a significant step but a long way off a full return to work.

Ms Sturgeon emphasised there will be further lifting of restrictions if current guidance is followed.

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